Roof Repair vs.
If your roof is starting to show some signs of age or damage, it’s going to take a bit more than just a quick spray down with a power washer to get it back to ideal working condition. However, it can be difficult for the average owner to deduce if their house or building requires just a few quick roof repairs or a complete roof replacement. Thankfully, the roofing professionals at Garcia Roofing have the experience to help you decide what move will be the best for your unique needs.
Things to consider when talking to a roofing contractor about replacing or repairing a roof
What is the Age of Your Roof?
First and foremost is your roof’s age. If you don’t know when your roof was installed, then the type of roofing material used in its construction can be evaluated to see where it is in its lifecycle. Each roofing material has a different expected lifestyle that is dependent on the environment, weather damage, how well the roof and gutters have been cared for, and of course, how well your roof system was installed. Having your roof replaced or installed by a professional roofing contractor is one of the best predictors for its longevity.
Is the Roof Leaking?
As a general rule about leaks, especially when storm damage has been suffered, it’s a better idea to replace rather than repair your roof. Replacing an older roof that fails to keep water out of the lower structures and insulation is also easier on your wallet in the long run. Water that’s left to pool inside of a home is especially dangerous if unseen and can not only cause unhealthy mold and mildew to grow but eventually lead to structural concerns. While sometimes quick roof repairs can be performed as a stopgap, getting the roof fully replaced will guarantee its integrity against stormy weather.
How Much is the Roof Damage?
If you’re already thinking about having work done on a roof, chances are it’s because you’ve already noticed it not performing as it should or that it has been visibly damaged. Utilizing a trusted roofing company with skilled experts in the roof-building industry can help you better evaluate the extent that a roof has been compromised. A quality roofing company will also care about your roof’s unique material, design layout, and your budget.
Where is Your Roof Located Geographically?
If you’re in a part of the country with rough weather such as feet of snow in winter, hurricanes in summer, or extra-intense UV exposure, you’ll probably want to forego having your roof repaired in favor of a total roof replacement instead. Typically, the weakest link in your roof is the place where it will fail, and you’ll want the interlocking components of your roof to function as a disciplined phalanx against the assaults of Mother Nature. A roof replacement will see that your home or building is fully protected against the elements.
In the case of aesthetics, repairing a roof is better when:
- moss and dark streaks of algae are starting to grow deeper into the roof
- only a few areas or tiles are looking weather-worn
In the same case, replacing a roof is better when:
- your roofing shingles are starting to show signs of missing bits or granules
- your wood or asphalt shingles begin to warp or curl
- the shingles are starting to form cascading cracks or breaks
- your roofing material has become dented or warped
- moderate to significant signs of rust start to appear
The Benefits of a New Roof
Although more expensive initially than minor roof repairs, replacing a roof reduces the overall cost of ownership over time. This is accomplished by lowering your energy costs, saving you money from constantly chasing repairs, and making your roof easier to clean and maintain.
A new roof has better curbside appeal than a repaired roof, which will also increase a building’s value for sale or rent. Of course, perhaps the most valuable component of a new roof is the peace of mind that comes with knowing the items and people that you care about most are well protected underneath.
More often than not, getting a roof replaced rather than repaired will be the most effective way to guarantee your home is safe from the elements without costing you needless time, concern, or expense. Don’t treat maintaining or repairing your roof like a game of whack-a-mole; the roofing pros at Garcia Roofing are ready to get ladders up on your home or building to address your specific roofing needs today!