How to Decide Between Roof Repair and Roof Replacement

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Unlike giving your room a fresh coat of paint or your cabinets a new finish, repairing or replacing your roof are both large home improvement projects that should be carefully considered to avoid future problems and expenses. You must choose the appropriate process to ensure your roof is in optimum condition while getting your money’s worth.

No one wants to fill those damaged spots with new shingles only to find out the problem runs deeper. There is no point in tearing down the whole roof for a roof replacement and spending a chunk of money from your savings if minor repairs would do the trick. Before you decide the best way to solve your roof problem, there are various factors to keep in mind.

1. Roof Age

Roof AgeRoofs are durable and built to protect you against the elements and extreme weather, but nothing lasts forever. Every roofing material has its lifespan or sell-by date, which you can use to indicate when to replace a roof. For example, asphalt roofing shingles typically only last for 3 decades.

Meanwhile, clay roof tiles and metal roofing materials can take much longer to wear down. Once your roof’s lifespan is almost over, it will start to deteriorate and show signs of aging. Replacing the whole roof rather than repeatedly paying for repairs is usually a better investment. So you save much for future and further damages.

2. Roof Condition

Roof ConditionThe next thing to consider is the condition of your roof or the extent of its damage. It might have simply deteriorated in appearance or suffered extreme physical damage and you’re just seeing small inflicted damages. In some cases, the damage to your roof may be too overwhelming for a repair to work.

For example, a tree might have fallen on your roof, causing several large holes that a roofing contractor can’t fix. Or damages inflicted by strong winds and storms that caused your roof to wear off.

If the roof is in the middle of its lifespan, homeowners may want to consider replacing or fixing shingle damage or worn soffit. However, if the damage covers more than roughly a third of the roof or the roof is likely to only last a few more years, it’s usually easier to replace it completely.

If it’s minor to moderate damage isolated in a small part or covers 25% of your roof, you may be able to remedy it with a roof repair. However, the extent of some damages might not be obvious, especially if the problem is underneath. Working with an experienced and professional roofing contractor can give a thorough inspection and is the best decision you’re going to make.

3. Roof Area Affected

Affected Roof DamageThe affected area can also help you determine whether it’s better to repair or a complete roof replacement. If the damage is isolated or limited to a small area, a professional roofing contractor may be able to repair it. For example, if you notice a leak over your bedroom or dining room, there’s a chance you have a minor hole on top of that area.

Any type of damage confined to a small space can usually be repaired and patched up, so there’s no need to invest in a new roof. But if the damage affects more than 40% of your roof, it is better to replace the whole roof.

4. How Long You Plan to Stay in Your Home

Many homeowners decide to invest in several home improvement projects to increase the value of their property. One of the most popular choices is a roofing system improvement. However, if you plan to sell your home and bump up its value, you will have to consider the timeline. Some situations call for an immediate roofing upgrade or replacement.

If you’re starting a job in another city, then you will likely have to move immediately. A full roof replacement might not be the ideal choice since this project often takes time. Depending on the size of your roof, how complex it is, the weather, and other factors, professional roofing contractors might take weeks or even longer to finish it.

5. Have a Feasible Insurance Claim

The cost of replacing or repairing your roof can reach a staggering price that can go from 500 up to thousands of dollars. Of course, this will depend on the size of your roof, the extent of damage, and your location. That’s why people carry homeowners’ insurance that can cover the cost of various home problems.

Each home insurance policy is different, but it usually includes your roof and the cost it takes to replace or repair it. However, the payment may only cover damages that result from acts of nature or sudden accidents. Most insurance companies won’t pay to repair or replace roofs that deteriorated due to neglect or natural wear-and-tear.

When you work with P.I. Roofing, you get the added benefit of working with experts with years of experience and knowledge in dealing with insurance claims. We are available to guide you through the whole process and communicate with the insurance company to ensure everyone is on the same page. To help you get the best possible outcome and coverage, we also provide comprehensive, roof inspections backed by professional assessment reports.

The Bottom Line:

Deciding on Roof Repair or Roof Replacement

Roof ReplacementNow that you have the scoop on the deciding factors of roof repair vs. roof replacement, you probably realize how important an inspection is to assess your current roof situation. We encourage you to schedule an inspection with us so we can inspect your roof, identify its true condition, and suggest and offer the best approach to solve your roofing issues.

It’s easier to let a professional make this decision for you. If you have questions prior to scheduling an inspection, feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help!

Choose P.I. Roofing

We can help you decide on whether you will have a roof repair or a roof replacement. P.I. Roofing has years of experience in handling all kinds of roofing jobs. Whether you need work on a residential or commercial roofing system or having roofing problems that need proper inspection, repairs or an entire roof replacement.

We can even help you with roof replacement to make it brand new and save you from future expenses. WE CAN HELP! P.I. Roofing has over two decades of experience providing roofing services. P.I. Roofing has a record of professionalism and affordable roof installation. We know how much investment roof repair services call for, so as expert roofers, we handle your projects the way it needs to be.

Stop by or call our office and we will be more than happy to assist you. We’ve been at this same location in North Little Rock since 2005! Give us a call at 501-707-3548 or visit our website for more info! If you want to know what our clients think about us, check out our reviews on Facebook!