Roofs are complicated parts of a house, yet they are a vital part of your house. It’s something that people often times forget about until they have an emergency. Which is why it’s good to weigh your options – people don’t always realize that there are options with a roof between replacing your roof or repairing your roof. There are benefits to both, it just depends on your needs and your situation.
Things to consider when deciding to replace or repair
Your roof’s age. If your roof is semi-new and in good shape, then it may be best just to repair the damaged parts or shingles of the roof. Whereas, if you have an older roof that seems to be in good shape, it still could be coming up to it’s lifespan being done. This is something to consider when you are making your decision.
If you have a leak. Leaks can do a lot of damage to a roof and the insulation of your home. To determine how big and how much damage was caused, you should get a professional’s opinion to determine the next best steps. If it’s small, then a repair should be okay. If the damage was severe then a whole replacement of the rood would be best.
How long you are planning on being in the house. If you are planning on selling within the next few years, it may be best just to repair the roof and move on. Although a new roof can increase your home’s value, a repair can last a long time as well. Before deciding which is best for you, you should really think about how long the plan is to be in the home.
What material your roof is. Some types of roofs you are able to stack material on, while others you can’t. If you are able to stack on your current roof – then a repair might be the best thing for you to do.
Natural Elements. Weather and other contributing factors – harsh winters, hurricanes, windstorms all have damaging effects on a roof. If this happens, normally the best move would be to replace your roof so that you don’t have to worry about weather and your roof again.
Cost of a new roof vs. roof repairs
A new roof will be more expensive, but it can have added benefits like better insulation for hot summers or cold winters which can bring the cost down. When you are replacing a new roof, you have to think about other costs associated with it, like gutters. On the flip side, a new roof when it is planned out and you are able to do cost analysis and comparison can play in your favor. During a storm that damages your roof and you are in need of a new roof, most places will charge more because it’s hazardous for their crew and may have to pay their crew overtime.
It is best to consult with a roofing professional to be sure which option is best for your roof and your home. Repairs are less expensive and are a short-term solution, while a new roof is more expensive but it is a long-term update you are adding to your home.
If you are unsure which option is best for you contact us today and we are happy to help you decide which is the best option. Our roofing promise is like no other company in New England, we will never leave a project unfinished, and we will always be upfront with our estimates.