The winter months can be particularly hard on your roof. Between record amounts of snowfall, powerful fronts of artic cold, and chilling blasts of high speed winds, people and buildings alike have taken a beating. It’s likely you may have experienced a leak or some shingles are dislodged or torn. Some of these can be handled with easy repairs. However, others may find the time is nearing where it would be wise to consider an entire replacement.
Know Your Roof
Ultimately you will need to find a reliable contractor whose recommendation you can trust. But before you do that, it would be prudent to do some analysis to see where your roof stands. While you may not have the eye of a trained contractor, you can get a general idea of the condition and severity of the damage which is present. This will make it easier to find the right contractor and have an informed conversation with him.
How Old is Your Roof?
One major factor in determining if you should replace your roof is the length of time since it was installed. This should weigh heavily into your decision. If you have shingles with a 20-year life expectancy and they were installed 18 years ago, it might be more cost efficient to replace the entire roof now. Unfortunately, roofs only last so long.
Signs of Repairable Damages:
Here are some things which may be repairable.
- A few shingles missing after a wind or snowstorm
- Minor leaks
Signs You Should Consider Replacing:
- Major leaks with serious interior indications of damage
- Rust on flashing
- Worn around chimney
- Piles of grit from asphalt tiles
- Sagging roof deck
Cost Comparison / Pricing Repair vs. Replacement
The cost of replacing an entire roof will obviously be more expensive. On the other hand, repairing or replacing it piece by piece can actually cost more in the long run and be more hassle. This is similar to deciding whether it is better to buy a new car than continue to repair an old one.
Why You Should Repair Your Roof
Here are some advantages to repairing your roof:
- You will pay a much smaller lump sum.
- It can add several years to your roof’s lifespan.
- Repairs have less work time.
Even if you can’t do the repairs yourself, it will be the less expensive option.
Why You Should Replace Your Roof
Here are some advantages to replacing your roof:
- Will have full 15, 20, or 25-year roof lifetime.
- Often more cost efficient per shingle / square foot.
- All shingles and replacements will match.
Mismatched shingles will certainly keep the water out of your house as well as color-coordinated shingles. However, it is important to consider if you are going to sell your house in the next few years. Not only do mismatched shingles reduce the aesthetic appeal of the house, they might leave potential buyers with uneasiness regarding the integrity of the roof.
Most of these factors will carry different weight depending the particulars of your situation and future plans. There are pros and cons to either choice, and it ultimately comes down to what fits the needs and condition of your roof and your budget. For more detail in detecting damages to your roof check out these graphics. If you would like a free estimate from a highly trained and experienced professional, contact us at All Weather Tite to schedule a free roof inspection.