Should I replace or repair my roof?

07.18.22 01:59 AM By Noe
roof repair or replacement

All roofs eventually wear out due to natural causes such as high winds, rainwater, sunlight, and surrounding trees.

If your roof is damaged or leaking, you need to act fast. Replacing a roof is not the only solution and can be expensive and time-consuming, so it's important to know your options to make the best decision.

What should be considered when deciding to replace or repair your roof?

There are some main points that are good to consider when making the decision of whether to replace or repair your roof:

Age of the roof

The age of your roof is directly related to the life span of the roof, and determines the probability of leaking, curled or sagging shingles, missing shingles, etc. On a new roof, the appearance of some of these problems can be solved with a simple repair, but in the case of a roof with more antiquity, there are other factors to consider before making a final decision.

Roof condition

The condition of the roof depends on:
  • Appearance (missing shingles, holes, etc.)
  • The current general condition of the materials (sagging or curved shingles)
  • Leakage of rainwater and damage caused by insects (e.g., termites).
broken shingles
broken roof

How long do I plan on staying in my home?

Not only should you consider replacing or repairing your roof in the case that you plan on living there for many years, but also if you plan on selling it. But why? If you want to sell your house, a roof in good condition would increase the value of it. In summary, there are two things to consider: 
    • Safety and good appearance of the roof, to live with your family.
    • If you prefer to increase the cost of the asset to sell your property, or you prefer to sell it at a lower price with an old roof or some defects.

Roof replacement cost

The cost of a roof replacement can vary a lot and depends on many factors, such as the type of roof you have, the material and quality of the roof you choose, and the roof surface to be replaced.
The most accurate way to find out is to contact a roofing company. At Moriarty’s Roofing, we give you the option of a free estimate if you want to know the cost of replacing your roof.
Keep in mind that if the roof is very old and you decide to make repairs rather than replace it, you will spend more money than necessary in the long run. For this reason, the best option will always be to consult with an expert, as you will save time and money!

Roof repair

When the roof is relatively new and has only minor or intermediate damage it is possible to make one or more repairs. The severity of the damage should be inspected by a professional, as there are hidden damages that are often not visible to the naked eye.
repairing roof

Benefits

  • Roof repairs are cheaper than a roof replacement.
  • Roof repairs will allow you to get more life out of your roof.

Disadvantages

  • It can be difficult to match the color of the new shingles with those existing and in good condition.

New roof

If the roof has severe damage, large breakages, or if it is an antique roof that is nearing the end of life, a replacement is recommended.
new roof

Benefits

  • A new roof increases the attractiveness of your home, as the house will look like a new construction.
  • A new roof provides security and tranquility. You will no longer have to think about leaks after the storms, nor about tiles that are lost with the winds.
  • It will increase the value of your home in case you want to sell it.

Disadvantages

  • It is more expensive than making repairs, and more work time is needed.
  • It takes more time to work on the replacement than on the repair, and because of this there are many people who will need to make plans to send their pets to other places so that they are not frightened by the noises of work.

Kind regards from the Moriarty Roofing Family.