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Should I Repair or Replace My Shingle Roof?

By the time you detect a problem with your shingle roof, such as water stains on your ceiling, your roof may have already suffered damage too expensive for repair. However, a shingle roof replacement isn’t automatically necessary.

Each roofing system and home are different, and each requires a comprehensive evaluation. If you are facing the touch decision whether to repair or replace your shingle roof, read on for helpful tips and advice.

Indicators of Major Roofing Problems

A troubled roofing system should be inspected by your professional roofer. Though, there are telltale signs to the type and extent of roofing damage your home has suffered.

The following signs of roofing damage are good indicators that a shingle roof replacement may be your best option:

  • Shingles are missing, buckling or cracking.
  • Water stains are found in your home.
  • Attic insulation is wet from roof leaks.
  • An abundance of shingle granules in the gutter system indicates widespread shingle failure.
  • This isn’t the first time your roof needed repairs.
  • Ice dams form on your roof every winter.
  • Your roof isn’t professionally inspected or serviced each year.
  • Your shingle roof is more than 15 years old.

Cost Considerations

If cost weren’t a factor, you wouldn’t be reading these roof repair and replacement tips. Cost is always an important factor. However, you should be smart about how you factor the total cost of a roof repair or replacement.

Ask your roofing pro to conduct a lifetime cost analysis of repairing or replacing your roofing system. For example, if you are facing a costly repair and your roof is older than 10 or 15 years, it’s average service life is nearing.

This means your old roof won’t offer security against future problems, nor will it be energy efficient — costing you in higher energy bills.

On the other hand, if it’s estimated your roof has plenty of good years of service left, a repair may be just what the doctor ordered. To determine this, your roofing contractor can show you the cost of the repair, estimated costs of future repairs and energy efficiency losses or savings.

This is compared to the lifetime cost of your new shingle roof replacement. A new roof will save you energy dollars for the life of the new roof, save money on repair costs and may provide you 30 years of excellent service life.

The benefits of a roof replacement are clear, but do they outweigh the less expensive first cost of the immediate repair?

Decision Time

If you decide to go with the repair at hand, keep in mind any additional damage that could occur is you experience roofing problems again.

  • Do you have to replace any attic insulation?
  • Were your walls, paint, wallpaper or other materials damaged?
  • Is there potential for insect or mold infestation in decaying timber?

These are all important and realistic questions to ask and answer. If you want the best answers about shingle roof replacement or repair, work with a reputable, honest and qualified roofing contractor. Contact Innovative Building & Design today!

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