Choosing the right kind of roof repair is an important decision that can also be a confusing one. On the one hand, you can decide to repair the damaged area. On the other hand, you can do a roof tear off and replace all the roofing material—getting all the benefits that new roofing allows, such as a long warranty and peace of mind. The roofers at Dr. Roof are happy to inspect your roof and discuss the best option with you. In the meantime, here are 5 tips for deciding which is the best roof repair option.
Roof Repair Questions to Consider
- How does your ceiling look? Water stains and flaking paint are signs that you may need a full roof replacement. If there is one small, isolated area where water has leaked, it may only need that area of the roof repaired.
- Are the roof repairs more expensive than a roof replacement? When you have had more than a couple roof repairs in the last two or three years, those repairs can amount to as much, if not more, than the cost of re-roofing. It is a sign that your roofing material is breaking down. It would be better to do a tear off and replace the entire roof than to continue fixing individual areas as they spring a leak. You will save money over time.
- How big is the damaged area? If your roof has damage over 25 to 35 percent, it is probably better to re-roof the whole thing.
- How old is your roof? Shingles that are older than 20 years are a likely candidate for a new roof. If they are less than 15 years old and there are not many troubled areas—not many missing, curling, or cracked shingles—then you can probably just have a repair done. Also, if you have two layers of shingles you will need to re-roof the top layer, rather than add another. Building codes do not allow for more than two layers of shingles.
- Will you be selling your house? A new roof is an added selling point and also adds value to your home. If you repair an area, that will not add value and could hurt the resale value as a possible red flag.
Roof Repair Inspection
Having your roof inspected is the best bet to determine the amount of damage and the best way to handle the repair. You should always feel free to ask your roofing contractor to show you where the damage is and explain the ins and outs of his or her suggestions. Make sure that you get a written estimate up front, and ask questions about the warranty available as well as the guarantee on the work done. A reputable roofer should offer all these things.