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Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

The decision whether to repair or replace your roof may be a hefty one. There are many factors to consider:

• What is the age of the roof?
• Have you experienced recent storm damage?
• Do all of the shingles match?
• What is your budget?
• Are you placing your house on the market?

Here is some advice that could help you make the right choice.

There are many instances in which you may be able to replace sections of your roof or shingles. First, we should mention that you should get into the good habit of checking out your roof after a powerful rainstorm . Or, if you get hit with a blizzard, try to look over it after the snow has melted.

So, if upon inspection, you notice missing shingles due to extreme wind, or a fallen limb, you may be able to replace the torn, or damaged shingles. Discovering the damage early and addressing it quickly could extend the life of your roof. But here is the caveat. You should make sure the shingles match. This may seem like an inconvenience. However, unless you definitely plan on living in your home for at least five years or more, an unsightly, unmatching patch job on your roof is a put-off for potential buyers.

Cost is often the first thing that comes to mind when folks think about replacing their roof. When faced with the potential of whether to repair or replace your roof, consider the price ratios. Have a professional offer you estimates for both options. If the cost to repair is almost half or more of the total cost, the investment in a new roof could definitely be worth it.

Next, you need to consider the age of your roof. If it is only a few years old, and the damage is not too extensive repairs could be the way to go. But, if the destruction covers more than 30 percent of the roof’s surface or if your roof is older than ten years old, plus it is under warranty, it may be best for replacement.

Last, consider where on the surface the damage has occurred to your roof. If the damage is contained to one area, and the roof is newer, a partial replacement could be appropriate. Plus, replacing a whole section may allow the repair to blend in naturally with the rest of the roof.

And, while your roof may appear to be intact no one wants to discover that their roof is in bad shape when it gets blown off during an intense storm. Consider having a professional come and check it out. We would suggest before hurricane season, before winter, and right after winter. An inspection may reveal hidden issues that you cannot see from the ground.

Have more questions about whether you should repair or replace your roof? Contact The Roof Guy. You can trust our team of qualified professionals. We vow to preform a thorough inspection of any damage and offer a reliable and honest estimate.