Does your Roof Need Repair or Full Replacement?


Many homeowners, after seeing signs of damage on their roofs, get confused and wrestle over whether or not to get a repair, or simply have a complete roof replacement. Chances are you belong to this category of homeowners, don’t you? Remember your roof is one of the most critical components of any home. It not only adds to your home’s beauty and curb appeal but provides the much-needed protection against the elements.

While your roof may show signs when needs repair or it’s failing, getting a professional inspection will help you know the best course of action to take. Some problems can be addressed by having a professional roof repair while others can only be resolved by a full roof replacement. But, how do you determine whether you need a new roof or a roof repair?

Roof Age

The number one factor that will determine whether to repair or replace your existing roof is age. If your shingle roof is over twenty years old and seems to have signs of failure, the best option would be to replace it rather than repairing the affected areas. With regular inspections and routine maintenance, most asphalt roofs can last up to forty years. However, it’s important to note that they usually have a lifespan of between 20 to 25 years. Repairing an old roof that’s at the end of its life cycle won’t keep it in good shape and functional for long.

For homes with relatively young roofs, routine maintenance, cleaning the gutters, and making the necessary repairs will keep it functional and in good shape for years to come.  Be sure to contact a local roofing company in Charlotte that will give you honest information that you can trust.

The Total Cost

How much will it cost you to make the needed repairs? What about having a roof replacement? It’s not a good idea to spend more than $3,000 on a roof repair when you can replace the entire roof for as low as $7,000. Assuming you have a shingle roof whose lifespan is 20 years, then you have a cost of about $350 per year for the new roof. Spending over $3,000 on a repair would only add about two to three years to the life of your roof.  It won’t be reasonable to make repairs at that cost. You’d rather install a new roof.

The scope of the Issues

Perhaps you still can’t make a decision even after looking at the costs and the age of your roof. The other factor to consider is the scope of issues on your roof. If there’s widespread missing, damaged, or curling shingles or can see sizable piles of granules in your gutters, it might be time to get a new roof. You should also consider a roof replacement if the daylight is coming through the boards when you look at your attic. Multiple leaks and serious valley issues may also warrant a full roof replacement.

Relocation Plans

Do you have any plans of moving within the next few years? Planning to list your home for sale in the next couple of years? If yes, having a full roof replacement might scoop a good return on investment and make your home much easier to sell. You don’t want the price of your listing to be reduced due to lack of buyer interest as a result of an old roof.

Have roofing questions?  Call Southern Star Roofing today!

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