If your roof isn't in great condition, then you might not know whether to repair the damage or go for a complete replacement. To work out your best option, ask yourself the following questions.
1. How Old Is Your Roof?
Roofs are meant to last for decades; however, no roof will last forever. Try to work out how old your roof is. If it is only a few years old, then repairing the current damage might be a viable option. The rest of the roof might be in good enough nick to last a few more years.
However, if your roof is decades old, then the chances are it is reaching the end of its useful life. If you're having to do more work on the roof now than you used to, then a full replacement might be a better option.
2. How Bad Is Your Current Problem?
If your roof has some damage, then you should work out how much of the roof is affected. The extent of the problem can dictate whether you should have the roof repaired or replaced.
For example, if your roof only has a few damaged or missing shingles, then a roofing contractor can replace them. If the rest of the roof is OK, then a repair will make it sound again.
However, if your damage spreads all over the roof, has spread to underlying supports, or has started to cause problems inside your home such as leaks, then a replacement is likely to be a better option. A new roof gives you a fresh start and more protection for your property.
3. Is Your Roof Costing Too Much Money?
While you might assume that repairing your roof will be cheaper than replacing it, you should look at your recent and potential future maintenance costs. These could show you that a replacement is actually going to be more cost-effective than a repair.
For example, if you've had to make regular repairs over the last few months or years, then this is a sign that your roof is in bad overall shape. You are likely to have to keep spending to fix future damage.
Don't forget to look at your energy costs as well. If your roof isn't in good shape, then it might not effectively insulate your home. If your energy bills have been rising in recent months or years, then a roof replacement might be in order. A new roof will give you more effective insulation and reduce your energy costs.
For more advice, contact a residential roofing replacement service such as BC Roofing Siding & Windows.