Making the decision between a complete roof replacement or just repairing damage that has occurred needs to be weighed according to several factors. You will need to make this decision with the help of a trusted, experienced roofing company that can accurately assess the state of your roof’s condition.
We’ve compiled the factors that you and your roofing company will need to assess before making a final decision between roof repairs or a complete replacement.
The Age of the Present Roof
Knowing when the current roof was installed is the first step in indicating how much longer the system is going to last. Different types of roofing materials last longer compared to others. For example, a metal roof can last up to 50 years with good maintenance, while a shingle roof is more easily damaged and may need to be replaced anywhere between 15 and 25 years.
If your roof is showing signs of aging and/or has suffered major storm damage, severe leaks, or other problems that could endanger the structure and the people in it, it may be time for a complete replacement. Replacing an older, damaged or failing roof, rather than repeatedly paying for roof repairs, can be worth the investment whether you intend to stay in your home for several decades or plan to sell.
Especially in Florida, leaky roofs are one of the most common reasons homeowners and business owners need roof repairs or reroofing. If you’ve seen water stains inside your home that run across ceilings or down walls, the cause could be a leaky roof. Finding the source of the roof leak can be tricky, but a certified roofing contractor can help.
Regardless of the source of the leak, it’s important to solve a leaky roof sooner rather than later — something that begins as a small leak can eventually lead to bigger problems, such as mold, rotted frames and roof sheathing, damaged ceilings and it can completely destroy insulation.
Consider the Extent of the Damage
If you’ve experienced storms, heavy rain or just general wear and tear that has led to damage to your roof, weigh the extent of the damage.
Signs of roof damage will differ slightly between various types of roofing material but generally fall into two main categories: aesthetic damage and structural damage.
Signs of Structural Damage:
- Curled or cupped edges on asphalt or wood shingles
- Missing granules and bald spots on asphalt shingles
- Cracked or broken asphalt, tile or wood shingles
- Dented or perforated asphalt, tile, wood or metal roofing components
- Rusted metal shingles or panels
Signs of Aesthetic Damage:
- Roofing material looks old and worn out
- Moss, dark streaks or algae is growing on or in-between the roofing materials
In general, roofing repairs are going to cost less than a complete re roof project; however, if you’re paying for several or more repairs over the course of a few years, they might eventually exceed the cost of an entire roof replacement.
Your roofing contractor can provide estimates to help you weigh the options of what might be the most budget-conscious solution without putting your home or business at risk from a failing roof. Finding a roofing company that offers financing can be a better option.
While a complete roof replacement might be more expensive up-front, it does mean you won’t have to pay for excessive repairs, especially if there are multiple trouble spots. It can also improve your property’s value.
Before deciding on either repairs or replacements, contact a professional roofing company to properly inspect your roof. From there, you’ll be able to make an informed decision that works best for you.
Do you need a roof inspection to decide between a roof replacement or just repairs? Johnson Roofing Solutions provides free estimates AND financing to homes and businesses across the panhandle of Florida. We have offices in Panama City, Chipley and Graceville with our service area expanding from Tallahassee to Pensacola. We are fully licensed and insured, family owned and operated and prepared to take on any roofing project from minor repairs to complete replacements or even new construction. Contact us today and let us be your solution!