How to Decide Between a Roof Repair and a Roof Replacement
First and foremost, determining between roof repairs or replacement is a necessary task. The safety, security, and efficiency of your home may rely solely on your decision. Of course, so will your bank account. Both options can be costly, depending on the nature of the repairs, and both could ultimately save you money in the long-run. There are a few factors to consider first off.
A New Roof
If your existing roof is just a single layer and a contractor determines there are no underlying issues with the roof deck, then a roof replacement is not required. If there are two layers and you’d like to add a third, it’s sometimes safer and easier to replace the entire roof. Typically, permits do not require a third layer – some do not even allow such additions.
Furthermore, it’s important to consider the material your current roof is made of. For example, asphalt shingles are easier to re-roof than repair. It may cost less to replace the entire expanse than to restore a portion of the current roof.
Typically, a small leak in the roof can be fixed. The cost could range from just $10 for a bit of mastic to $1,000 to fix a serious leak in the roof valley. If something sudden occurs, such as a severe storm, your homeowner’s insurance most likely does not cover repairs. It’s up to you.
A repair makes sense when the issue is relatively small and is easily contained. It’s best to consider professional advice when determining between repairs or replacements. A roofing service with decades of experience can determine the exact nature of your roof and its current state.
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