Repair or Replace? The Great Roofing Service Debate
Home Genius Exteriors are big believers in doing the most with repairs before even considering a roof replacement. Homeowners too would agree that replacement should only be considered once all repair options have been exhausted. The reasons for this are obvious: it’s both the cheaper and quicker option.
However, it also takes that many repairs until you have to cave into the reality of replacing. Unfortunately, this is true for roofing too. It’s a hard pill to swallow because of the big expense involved in roof replacements, but we’re just here to offer sound advice.
Below are a few factors Home Genius suggests you consider.
The age of your roof
This should be your first consideration. If you have had consistent problems with your roof and made the necessary repairs each time, the age of your roof could be the deciding factor. For example, you may have moved into a home where the roof was installed by the previous owners, meaning it will have been a ripe old age already. Or you don’t even remember when you replaced your home’s roof. Materials like shingles usually last around 30 years, so assess how you fair against that before deciding.
How long you intend to stay in the home
Related to the point above, it’s also not really worth your while to replace an entire roof when you have plans to sell in the next few years. If you’re experiencing problems that are salvageable but your roof is still in an okay position, then best to keep going with the repairs rather than making the investment without being able to fully gain on it.
Cost of repairs vs. cost of a replacement
Repairs will generally cost less than a full roof replacement, but it’s important to weigh up the total costs of your roof repairs over time. Sometimes the repair work required in order to restore the roof to good as new comes very close to the cost of a replacement. In this case, it will be worth your while to consider the investment of a new roof. The peace of mind going forward will be well worth it!
Your budget and financial situation
While in some situations replacing your roof may seem inevitable, the expense of the process cannot be ignored. A roof replacement may be one of the most expensive investments you make on your home, so it is something you may have to plan for. If you’re lucky, your insurance could cover the expense depending on the circumstances, but if it needs to come out of your own pocket, it’ll take some planning. And don’t forget to factor in the hidden costs like gutters and downspouts too. Of course, this decision is made a lot simpler if you have the funds available; then go for it!