Replacing an entire roof can be a very expensive job, which is why many homeowners try to put it off as long as possible. Many roof repair jobs can keep your roof working as it should to protect your home, and making these repairs as needed can mean reducing the risk of damage that would necessitate an entirely new roof. However, there may be times when it's best to simply have the roof replaced entirely rather than repairing small areas. Note when this is, and what to consider when it comes to roof repair versus replacement.
1. Will upgrading the roof be more cost-effective in the long run?
Upgrading to a new roof may be more cost-effective in the long run, if you opt for a metal roof, thicker shingles, or other such materials that will do a better job of insulating your home. A metal roof in a light color can reflect the hot summer sun in the tropics, and because a metal roof is in one long piece, it may insulate better than individual shingles that allow heat and air conditioning to escape between them.
On the other hand, you may need to note other factors such as how long you plan on owning your home; if you're going to put it on the market soon, making needed repairs may be all the investment you're willing to make on a home you're about to sell. If the home has very thick and effective fiberglass or blown-foam insulation in the attic already, a newer roof may not be needed in addition to this.
2. Can you repair and replace sections of the roof at a time?
You may be able to replace part of the roof over time, and break up the expense of a new roof by having certain sections replaced as they need repair. For instance, if one year your home needs shingles replaced on the front left corner, you might decide to replace that section of your roof that year. The next year, you might need new shingles on the front right corner, then the two back corners over the next two consecutive years.
Even if areas of your home's roof don't need immediate and emergency repair, a roofer can tell you which sections may be showing the most wear and should be replaced as soon as possible, and then work with you for installing a new roof as you can afford it.
For more information about the best way to handle your roof repairs, contact a local roofing company.Share
21 August 2015
Hello, welcome to my roofing blog, my name is John and I live in Alice Springs, Australia. I recently moved out here with my wife and two kids to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. We bought an old farmhouse and are in the process of renovating it. The place needs quite a bit of work. One of the biggest jobs so far has been sorting out the roof. It was missing a few tiles and I couldn't decide if we should try and repair it or if it would be better to have it repaired. Thankfully, my neighbour is something of an expert. He came and inspected the roof and recommended that we replace it. He explain how roofing works and the benefits of using different materials. I have learnt so much, I decided to start this blog.