Repairing or replacing your roof is a tough decision. There are always pros and cons, do’s and don’ts you should always consider. Listed below are 7 factors to consider whether or not you should repair or replace your roof.
- Your roof’s age is one of the most important considerations. Most asphalt shingles have a lifespan of about 15 – 30 years. If the roof is damaged but most of it is still in good shape, a spot repair may make sense. But, if the roof is approaching (or past) 20 years old, replacing it may be the better way to go long-term.
- If there is a leak somewhere, an inspection will help you determine how widespread it is. Often, roofs will leak along flashing points. If this is the case, and the leak is isolated, a quick repair may be all that is necessary. If the roof is leaking in several places, a roofing replacement may be in order.
- Give some thought to how long you intend to be in the home. If you are planning to sell in the next few years, and the roof is in generally good condition, it may make more sense to have repairs done.
- If you opt to replace your roof, you may be able to incorporate environmentally friendly features that qualify for local or federal tax credits to offset the cost. Also, new materials are generally more energy efficient, last longer, and perform better so an upgrade is desirable long-term.
- If you are replacing your roof, you may find that the type and/or quality of roofing material you use can qualify you for significant discounts on your homeowner’s insurance policy. Materials that are more resistant to fire or wind and hail damage will often result in lower rates.
- As you consider the costs, you may or may not be able to lay another layer of shingles over the existing roof, rather than removing the current layer and starting “from scratch”. At the same time, removing the old shingles will allow you to inspect the roof deck or sheathing, and add ice-and-water-shield membrane along the eaves (which can only be applied to a clean deck and will help prevent damage due to ice dams).
- If you are thinking about replacing your roof, do not forget to consider “hidden costs”, including gutter replacement or landscape damage. A reputable roofing contractor will produce a comprehensive estimate detailing all of the project’s costs.
- Repairs are less expensive but tend to be more of a short-term solution, while a new roof is a big expense but should last you for decades. Either way, make the right decision today and you will not have to worry about leaks and damage when storms roll through.