If you have been experiencing issues with your roof, you may be wondering if it’s time for a roof repair or a roof replacement. Knowing which one is the right choice can be hard but there are a few things you should consider before making your decision, such as how old your roof is, how long you are planning on staying in your current home, and whether you have the budget for a full replacement or enough for repairs. In this post, we are going to discuss the points mentioned and help you decide the big question, roof repair vs roof replacement?
How old is the roof?
How old the roof is will help determine if it needs fixing or replacing completely. If you have no idea how old the roof is, there are a few ways you can find out. You can check with the previous owners if they can provide you with more information, check with the roofing company who
carried out the work, or you may just need to get a professional roofing contractor to inspect it and give you an estimate of the age. Check out the roofing material guide below for its expected lifespan.
- Asphalt shingles: A common residential roofing material lasting approximately 20 years.
- Synthetic slate and cedar: Gives the appearance of natural stone or wood, and lasts approximately 50+ years.
- Concrete tile: Available in a variety of colors and styles. Lasts around 25-30 years, primarily due to underlayment failure.
- Metal: This material is becoming a popular choice and can last at least 50 years, however, the felt underlayment typically lasts approximately 25 to 30 years.
How long are you planning to stay in your home?
If you are planning on moving homes in the near future, then there is not much point in replacing your roof. However, if you are looking to sell your home it could cause potential issues for you. To avoid this being a problem down the line, you may want to consider installing a new roof. When your house eventually goes up on the market, the new roof could increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers.
If you have no plans to move anytime soon and you have been having issues with your roof resulting in several roof repairs already, you should get a local roofing contractor to inspect it. They will be able to determine if any areas need more attention.
What is your repair or replace budget?
Roof replacements are not cheap, so if you don’t have the budget currently you may want to consider financing or look at getting some roof repairs which is the more cost-effective option. A roofer will be able to carry out some repairs to ensure the roof is in the best condition and extend the life of an older roof until you can afford a replacement.
If you are still unsure whether a roof repair vs replacement is the best option for you, get in touch with GreatWay Roofing today and we’ll be happy to assist. Greatway Roofing has over 20 years of experience as the leading Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Ventura County roofing contractor. We offer free, comprehensive estimates, and our work is fully guaranteed.