Highroad Residential Roof RepairJust because you have a leak doesn’t mean you need an entirely new roof. Whenever possible we present our customers with the option of repairing the roof over replacement. However, repair is not always the best option. Our professional roofing contractors will present all scenarios and take the time to explain them to you because an educated customer is the best kind.
Should Your Roof Be Repaired or Replaced?Roof replacement isn’t something anyone wants to jump into so here’s some of what we assess when presenting your options:
- How old is the roof? Even a roof of good quality materials and workmanship has a life span. They don’t last indefinitely. If you’re having problems with your roof and it’s nearing the end of its warranty or lifecycle, replacement may be best.
- How many layers does it have on it currently? The last thing you want to do is add layer upon layer to your roof. But it’s tempting because throwing a shingle over the problem is less expensive than ripping it off and adding a new one. That’s why a lot of people patch one layer on top of the other. However, building codes prohibit you from having more than two layers on your roof. If you find you’re patching every time there’s a little bit of rain, an overall replacement may be a better idea than just a mere roof repair. Plus, replacement may be necessary to be within code.
- What’s the area of the roof repair? This is a comparative measurement based on the percentage of the repair area compared to the rest of the roof. An area that’s larger than about 30 percent of the roof may be a good candidate for roof repair. Whereas, a few missing shingles or a small area that’s allowing water to penetrate likely requires only a minor roof repair.
- Which is more important to you, cost or value? Some roof areas are costlier than others to repair, especially if they’re large. At some point, it’s a better value to replace a roof than to repair it. For instance, if a repair runs $4,000 (this is only an example not an estimate), a roof replacement is the better value at $6,000 because for just a little more you’re getting a brand-new roof.
- How long do you plan on staying in your home? Do you plan on staying in this home for the long haul or are you placing it on the market soon? Roof longevity is one of the things that people assess when determining an offer. A new roof will affect your ability to command top dollar for the price of your home.
- How much does discoloration mean to you? Some people like everything to match and see their roof as the crowning glory of their home. This is especially true of steeper grades that show a good portion of the roof from the street. An architecturally appealing roof is important to some homeowners. Other people see the roof purely for its function. Deciding which side you fall on is important when considering a roof repair. When replacing shingles, we do our very best to match the new ones to the existing roof shingles. However, weathering causes discoloration and a perfect match is not always possible. In these cases, some homeowners opt for a more cohesive look which is obtained through a total roof replacement.