Knowing When to Repair or Replace Your Roof

If your roof is in bad shape, it can be hard to guess whether a repair or a full replacement will remedy the problem. This article lists the ways you can troubleshoot your roof problems, and help you deal with minor issues before they turn into much larger ones.

Roof Leaks

Make sure you do an annual examination of your roof, especially if you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather conditions. If you see dark areas on your ceiling, or wet spots adjacent to the fireplaces of your home, these are early signs of a potential roof leak. There are also other signs that can tell you if your roof is in need of repair. Noticeable signs from the outside that you can easily spot for yourself include:

  • Broken caulk
  • Growing moss
  • Damage around the chimneys
  • Buckling shingles

If you notice any of these signs, have a professional roofer come by and see if the signs add up to a more serious problem.

The Benefits of Repair

Repair can be a breeze depending on the solution to the problem. The price for repair can also vary immensely from one fix to another. It could be as low as ten dollars if all that’s required is some replacement caulk and mastic, all the way to a thousand dollars if one of the roof valleys is showing leaking problems.

Homeowner’s insurance will likely cover a problem related to wind storms, but it’s still up to you to notice early signs of problems. If a storm is coming, have a roofer put a tarp down on your roof while the damage is assessed in detail. The obvious advantage to repair is the time and cost effectiveness, but it isn’t always the best solution for your roof’s ailments.

When to Replace a Roof

Fortunately, there are clever ways of incorporating long term money-saving strategies, such as:

  • Environmentally friendly features that yield a federal tax cut
  • Materials that save money when purchased in bulk
  • Fire prevention materials that lower your homeowner’s insurance policy rate

If there are multiple problem areas with various issues, it might make sense to replace your roof altogether. This is a smart strategy especially if your roof is old and in an extreme weather zone.

To take off the old roof and replace it, the price will vary depending on the company you choose and your location, though in some cases it’s possible to leave a preexisting layer alone and simply work over it. This would reduce the cost significantly, so ask your roofer if this is possible. This system would last about fifteen years over the twenty it would with a brand new underlayer, however. It is advised that, if you can afford it, have the bottom layer stripped and replaced with a new one. It will add value to the house if you sell it in several years.


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