Do you need a roof repair or replacement? This is not an easy question to answer, and one that many homeowners find themselves asking. With so many different types of roofs on the market today it can be difficult to know which type best suits your needs. You may think that all roofs are the same, but in reality there are significant differences between them. In this post we’ll discuss what makes some repairs last longer than others and how you can tell if you actually need a new roof instead of just repairs.
Do You Need A Repair?
You might be thinking of having a replacement but you need a repair. In this case, the best option is to have repairs done first and then see how long they last before having a replacement roof installed again.
Requirements For A Repair: There are some requirements that must be met in order for your roofing contractor to determine if you can get just a repair or if you actually need a new installation instead of just one-off fixes. Your shingles should still be functional – meaning they’re not curling up at any edges or fraying from exposure to wind or sun damage on exposed surfaces without granules (the colored bumpy surface which covers the asphalt). If even one shingle does not meet these criteria it’s likely time for an entire replacement rather than only getting small patches here and there to fix your roof. Your roof’s flashing should also be in good shape and not damaged meaning you shouldn’t have water leaking into any areas where the shingles meet with different materials like wood around vents, chimneys, or skylights.
Finally, what is often overlooked but just as important is to check that all of your gutters are still draining correctly without overflowing when it rains which can lead to more expensive damage inside along with a potential mold issue if left untreated for too long. If these requirements cannot be met then you definitely need a full replacement instead of only repairs on your existing system. When deciding between getting repairs done first followed by a new installation later versus immediately replacing the entire thing.
Factors To Consider
Your budget – if you don’t have the money to pay for a full replacement then getting smaller repairs is likely your best option.
The age of your roofing system – an older roof will need more maintenance and probably should be replaced before too long anyway, whereas newer roofs are often fine with just small fixes.
Roof Size & Shape – some houses simply do not lend themselves well to only having certain areas fixed here or there instead of doing it all at once which means that in some cases you might get away with only replacing parts without needing an entire new installation. Discuss all options with your contractor beforehand so they can help determine whether or not repairs would suffice based on these factors along with other things like how much sun exposure your roof gets and how many people live in your house. In the end, only a professional contractor who specializes in roofs can give you advice on this matter because they know what to look for during an inspection that isn’t immediately obvious to homeowners like yourself who haven’t seen every inch of their roof with their own eyes.
What You Should Know About Roof Repair & Replacement Costs: It’s important that you understand all aspects involved before making any decisions about replacing or repairing your existing shingles (or metal panels). Your typical asphalt shingle is made out of fiberglass which has petroleum-based granules covering it – these are often not included with repairs since most companies will try to sell replacement instead but some do offer them at additional cost if you ask ahead of time. There are also three types of asphalt shingles available on the market today ranging from lower-quality ones which can cost half as much to upwards of $100 per square foot for higher end laminate roofs that will last longer and perform better in all weather conditions, but they come with a heftier price tag too. Sometimes you might get an estimate over the phone or even online without meeting your contractor face to face first – this is risky business because there are many mistakes contractors make when estimating costs like not understanding what makes one roof more expensive than another so be sure to choose only professionals who have been in business at least five years or more if possible since these companies have proven their worth along with holding liability insurance so you won’t have to pay for any repairs or replacement out of your own pocket if there are any problems. The cost/price you receive should include all materials and labor along with the dump fee, disposal charges, taxes, etc., so that it’s 100% clear what you’re being charged for before signing off on it – no one wants unpleasant surprises later!