To Repair or To Replace That is the Question. There are signs you need to fix your roof when you see dark spots, light from outside shining through a hole, and sagging. There are signs you need to fix your roof when you see dark spots, light from outside shining through a hole, and sagging. The reason homeowners overlook a damaged roof is that it’s not the most obvious defect. Another way to contain a leak is to place a bucket under it (temporarily).
You may not be aware, but mold grows on leaking roofs and can cause serious respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing, stuffy nose, and throat irritation? Asthma sufferers experience nightmares. There is a possibility that your roof’s decking has weakened due to moisture if you see daylight through it. Your insulator may also work less efficiently due to roof leaks, resulting in high energy bills. Additionally, a roof leak combined with a short wire can cause fireworks in your house. A damaged roof can cause several problems, and just like any other damage to a household, they cannot be ignored. The damage becomes worse as time passes due to sun and rain exposure. There have even been instances of roofs collapsing without warning in severe cases.
In the case of roof damage, it might be more convenient to ignore it, but that’s not a wise choice. You should get it inspected by a professional, and they should tell you honestly whether it requires immediate attention. You may not immediately notice any damage if your roof is multi-layered. It’s best to prevent things from happening than to try to fix them after they’ve occurred.
Your next question would be whether you need a roof repair or replacement after detecting damage to your roof. A small amount of damage can often be repaired with a simple repair, which is the most affordable option. If it’s large, choosing to save money by “repairing” will only result in two times the cost – the original repair and the eventual replacement.
When should you choose to repair your roof?
- In cases where the damage is small or has only affected a small part of your roof, such as two or three shingles, you may choose simply to repair your roof. You could do it without a professional’s assistance.
- Repairs may be a quicker alternative than scheduled replacements if you have limited time and need to fix the problem immediately. Generally, this is not a wise choice, but you may need to do this when you are away from home due to travel.
- In the case of a relatively new roof (less than 10 years old), it will still be able to resist both sun and rain. The roof can still be repaired in such cases since there is still life left in it.
So repairing is possible. Why would you replace your roof entirely then?
- There are times when the damage is too great to repair. Sagging or damaged roofs, damaged decks, or large portions of damaged ones may not be fixed by repairing. One day you may realize that you wasted all that money repairing and repairing your roof when you should have replaced it from the beginning.
- Due to extreme weather conditions, an old roof (20 years old for example) may have lost its resilience. Repairs may not solve the problem if such roofs can’t withstand damage. The only solution is a replacement.
- Depending on the level of replacement over the 12 months, Florida requires the entire roof to be replaced if more than 25% of the roof surface has been replaced. Unless the entire roofing system or roof section meets the requirements of this code, no more than 25 per cent of a building’s total roof area or roof section may be repaired, replaced, or recovered in any one year.”
It is important to consider the age of your roof when deciding whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. An older roof is expected to need replacement, but some have a longer lifespan than others. Typically, slate roofs last 100 years. Up to 40 years can be expected from metal roofs. The asphalt roof has the shortest lifespan, lasting up to twenty years. Roofing can be damaged by heat, poor gutter systems, poor maintenance, and poor UV protection. In such a case, replacing it is your only option.
Many homeowners choose to repair for the sake of saving money in the short term, rather than replacing that item. A roof leak can result in respiratory problems especially for children and the elderly in a house. It is more cost-effective to replace the item in the long run unless repairing the damage is practical. If you replace your roof, you have the opportunity to replace it with a more durable and high-quality one.
A roof inspection by one of our Roofing Professionals would be the best way to go about this. If it needs to be replaced or repaired, they’ll tell you what your options are. Listed below are the advantages and disadvantages of repairing and replacing your roof. Following a consultation with an expert, this list will help you make an informed decision:
- Cheaper in the short term
- Is a quick fix for roof damage
- Is the solution when the damage is detected at an early stage
- May not permanently fix the damage
- Cumulatively, could cost more than an entire replacement
- Is not the answer when damage is detected in an old roof
- Is a permanent solution possible
- Ensures that you have a stronger and more resilient roof when you replace one that is outdated
- When your roof has reached the end of its useful life, this is the only option
- A one-time investment
- The initial investment may be high
By now you should have just enough information regarding both alternatives to be able to make an informed decision regarding your roof. The following information may be useful if you are not yet affected by roof damage. However, we recommend that you hire a specialist to conduct a thorough (free) roof inspection before deciding as to whether you should repair or replace your roof. It might be necessary to attend to some damage that is not visible immediately. You will be able to avoid costly repairs in the future and you will be able to prolong the useful life of your roof.