As a homeowner, you are constantly faced with tough decisions. When your roof is involved, decisions can be even tougher, especially when it comes to deciding what makes more sense: roof repair or roof replacement. Roof repairs are much cheaper, but only if the roof overall is in decent condition. If not, an old roof will require repairs more frequently and these cost add up quickly especially when you consider the related damage caused by leaks. A roof replacement costs more, but with that higher price tag comes several benefits, including curb appeal, better energy efficiency, improved resale value, and most importantly the peace of mind of a solid warranty. So which makes more sense, roof repair or roof replacement?
Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement
Each specific situation is unique and a lot depends on the type of shingles. Here are some general rules of thumb:
- Roof Age: If your shingled roof is less than 10 years old, a repair almost always makes most sense assuming it was installed properly. A roof of this age should have plenty of problem free life left once repaired.
- Number of leak locations: A good roof can leak sometimes due to weather or some other isolated circumstance. Multiple leaks are an indication that the whole roof is failing for one reason or another.
- Future Plans: How long do you plan to stay in your home? If you plan on staying in your home for a long time, roof replacement may make more sense.
- Budget: What is your budget? Can you afford roof replacement? More importantly, can you afford multiple roof repairs and a roof replacement 3-5 years down the road? Sometimes roof repairs just don’t make fiscal sense.
Garner Roofing, your Baltimore Roofer
At Garner Roofing, our representatives and installers are factory trained and ShingleMaster Certified. When you call us, we will send one of these representatives to your home to inspect your specific situation. You may be surprised to learn that more than half of the roofs we inspect do not need replacement. So why would you call anyone else? Contact us today!