A damaged roof needs to be fixed, and there are a couple of ways of doing it. Both roof repair and replacement are viable options for fixing roof problems, but one may be needed more and be more cost effective than the other, depending on certain factors. To decide on whether to do a full replacement or just a simple repair, think about the following things.
Time constraints can be a deciding factor when fixing roof issues. If there are none, than either repairs or replacement can be used, but if there is a time limit, then a quick fix may be the best option. Someone who needs the roof to be fixed in a couple of days, or probably will be out of town for a few weeks won’t have the necessary time to hunt for a contractor and schedule a replacement process.
The age of the roof can be helpful in determining whether to repair or replace. If the roof is pretty new or midway through its normal life cycle, then it’s possible to get away with using lower-cost repair methods and tools. An older roof, such as one that has been around for nearly 20 years or longer and the warranty is about to run out or already has run out, will need to be stripped, structure professionally inspected using a checklist and then in replaced with high quality shingles.
The size of a damaged area of the roof is also important, as bigger areas will require more attention to repair. A small section that only needs a few shingles can be fixed with a simple repair, and is easy enough that the homeowner can do it on their own. When around 30% of the roof is damaged, then the task is too big for a homeowner to handle. They’ll have to call in the professionals to do a roof replacement.
For many, costs will be the factor that influences their decision. Repair jobs are mostly cheaper than full replacements, but the price difference between the two isn’t always that great. After speaking with a roofing professional about costs, it turns out that in cases where repairs can cost less than $100 and a replacement would be into the thousands, a repair would be the more economical solution. However, once repairs start running into the thousands as well, then it’s time to consider going with a replacement as well.
Many building codes only allow a roof to have at most two layers of shingles at a time. It’s possible to shingle over a layer that is already in place when doing repairs, and this solution is cheaper than removing shingles and replacing them with new ones. As long as the affected area isn’t too large and the maximum shingle layer limit hasn’t been reached, some homeowners will be able to stick with shingle repairs.
The mixing of old and new shingles will affect the color of the roof. The new ones will have a different hue because the old ones have been weathered repeatedly. Homeowners that have a roof that isn’t as visible probably won’t worry about something like this, but ones with their roof on full display will instantly notice the color difference. It might be better to just replace the roof and avoid having shingles with mismatching colors.
The need for roof repair and replacement will vary for each roof. After considering the important factors, the homeowner will be able to make the right decision.