How To Know When You Should Repair Or Replace Your Roof

How To Know When You Should Repair Or Replace Your Roof

Your roof protects your entire Utah home, so if it has a problem, it should be addressed quickly. When you have roof damage or leaks inside your home, you may wonder if this will be fixed by a repair or if you need a full roof replacement. The answer depends on several factors, including the following.

How much needs to be repaired?

If the damage is extensive, replacing your roof may be a better option than having it repaired. Your roofer will check for issues such as water leaking into the attic, buckling shingles, or damaged flashing. These problems can turn into bigger, more expensive fixes.

How deep is the damage?

Surface damage has a greater chance of being easily repaired. For example, if just a few shingles need replacing but there is no damage to the decking or underlayment, a repair may be all you need. When damage extends deeper into the underlayment or decking, a roof replacement is most likely your best option.

How old is the roof?

When your roof is getting older, issues may pop up and cause problems sooner rather than later. If your roof was installed over 10 years ago, it may be time to consider replacing it over repairing it. If your roof has lasted 20 years when leaks spring up, it is time for a replacement.
A replacement is the best option, since a repair may be the first of many.

Are you planning to sell your home soon?

If you’re planning to sell your home soon, you may be tempted to opt for a repair. When your roof is relatively new or the damage is small and isolated, this is a good option.

In other cases, a replacement may be your best option. A prospective homebuyer may cross your home off the list because they don’t want to deal with the trouble of repairing or replacing the roof.

Even if they’re interested in your home, they’re likely to either ask for the roof to be replaced or the selling price reduced by a comparable amount. It would also be mentioned in an inspection report.

For specific information about whether it’s better to repair your roof or replace it, call RoofTek® today. We offer free, no strings estimates for roofing repairs or replacements.

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