Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement: 5 Deciding factors

Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement: 5 Deciding factors

No matter the type of roof you have, you will eventually need to replace it. However, if you replace it too soon, you could waste money; but waiting too long could result in expensive repairs.

Determining whether you should repair or replace can be difficult. Here are 5 factors to take into account when considering whether to repair or replace your roof.

1. How old is your roof?

The age of your roof will be one of the most important factors when considering whether to replace or simply repair your roof. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, it should last 15-30 years depending on the materials used, installation technique, and climate in your area. If your roof is less than 15 years old, repairing damaged spots probably makes sense. If your roof is older than that, it is probably better to replace it. 

2. Is your roof leaking?

If your roof begins to leak, you must have it inspected. If your roof is leaking in one, isolated spot, a quick repair might be fine. However, if there is a lot of damage and leaks, replacing the roof might make more sense.

3. How long will you live in your home?

If you do not anticipate moving at any point in the near future, then following the first two factors should help you make the best decision. However, if you do plan to move in the next couple of years, and the roof isn’t in terrible condition to the point that it would impact the sale, it might make more sense to simply repair it. 

4. Are there additional advantages to replacing your roof?

When considering repair or replacement, there are sometimes factors that make replacement more attractive. For example, sometimes using environmentally friendly features could help you qualify for local or federal tax credits. Using materials that are more resistant to fire can also lower your homeowner’s insurance policy. 

5. Are cheaper repair options available?

It may be cheaper to place another layer of shingles on top of your current roof. This can help prevent additional leaks and protect against damage, but it may not last as long as a full repair. For cost-conscious homeowners, this can be a good intermediate option, if possible. 

If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, or if you have made a decision and need the work performed, Innovative Contracting Services can assist and get the job done properly.

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