There are five things to consider for roof repair or replacement
These are some considerations when making a decision between a roof replacement or a roof repair.
1. Age of Roof
Do you know the date your roof was built? Depending on the roofing material used, it may indicate when it is time to replace your roof.
It may be worth considering replacing your roof if it is showing signs that it is aging, has suffered storm damage, leaks or any other issues. It is worth spending money to replace an old, worn-out roof rather than paying for repairs every year.
2. Roof Leaks
Leaky roofs are one of the leading reasons homeowners require roof repair or replacement. A leaky roof could be the reason you have waterstains in your home. It can be difficult to find the cause of a roof leak, but a licensed roofing contractor can assist you.
No matter what the source of your roof leak is, it is important to fix it as soon as possible. A small leak can lead to larger problems such as:
- Rotting roof sheathing and framing
- Ceilings that are damaged
- Isolation that is wet or damaged
3. Roof Damage: The extent
When you are deciding whether to repair your roof or replace it, chances are that your roof is either damaged in some way and/or looks worse. A trusted roofing contractor in Myrtle Beach will help you assess the extent of roof damage so that you can make the best decision for your home.
Although signs of roof damage can vary between roofing materials, they generally fall under two categories: structural damage and aesthetic damage.
- Roof material is worn and old.
- On or between roofing materials, there are dark streaks, moss, or algae.
- Asphalt or wood shingles with curved or cupped edges
- Asphalt shingles missing granules or bald spots
- Broken or cracked asphalt, tile, or wood shingles
- Perforated or dented asphalt, tile, or wood roofing components
- Panels or rusty metal shingles
4. Geographical Area
Are you in an area that is susceptible to tornadoes, hail storms, and hurricanes? To prevent roof leaks and other problems in the future, you should immediately replace any missing or damaged roofing materials.
Hail and other debris can cause damage to your roof’s performance, appearance and ability form a watertight deck.
5. Cost of Roof
Homeowners should take into account the roof’s cost, whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Roof repairs are generally less expensive than getting a new roof. But, when you need to cover the costs of multiple roof repairs over a certain duration, it could be more expensive than a roof replacement.
A roofing contractor can give you an estimate so you decide which option suits your budget best. They may also be able to offer financing options.
Although a total roof replacement in Myrtle Beach may be more costly upfront, you won’t need to make subsequent repairs if your roof has multiple problems. A new roof can provide you with peace of mind knowing that your most important items are protected from the weather.
When is it time to have your roof repaired?
It is possible to replace damaged material in a small section of your roof, or repair only a portion of it.
Asphalt shingles that are damaged, torn or missing can often be replaced quickly. Metal panels, for example, can be more difficult or costly to replace.
This approach has one drawback: it is difficult to match roofing materials to ensure that the area being repaired blends in with the rest. If you have shingles from an earlier job, for example, the colors might be similar but not exact due to exposure.
Another option is to ask your roofer to order shingles that match the existing color as closely as possible.
Partial re-roofing is an option if the damage to your roof has been more severe but it is limited to a single area or side of your roof. It will likely cost less than a full re-roofing job.
Another downside to partial re-roofing is the aesthetics. It might be more difficult to match the colors of new roofing materials to existing ones. Rooftop material can fade over time from exposure to the elements. The newly re-roofed section may be visible from the rest of your roof.
When is it time to get a new roof
Although it is more costly upfront, a new roof can save you money over the long-term by avoiding additional repairs and damage.
A new roof also offers these perks:
Curb appeal and aesthetics: Your home’s roof is a significant part of its exterior appearance. A new roof looks great and you can choose a different color or style of shingle.
Energy efficiency has improved: Roofs today are more efficient at reflecting the sun and keeping out the elements.
Peace of Mind: Knowing that your most important people and possessions are safe from the elements under your roof can help reduce stress in times of heavy rains or high winds.
Call Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration now if you need help with your roof.
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