When your roof starts to have problems with leaking, damaged or lost shingles, the question that every homeowner eventually deals with is whether they should simply repair or replace their roof. This decision hinges on a number of factors. Making a wise choice is crucial to minimizing near-term and long-term costs.
If your roofing issue is limited to a small area and involves just a few missing or damaged shingles, a simple patch job might be in order. Keep in mind that unless you have some extra shingles lying around, it may be hard to match. Do the best you can, as a badly matched patch area is unattractive and may affect your homes selling price further down the road.
Another option is a partial replacement, if damage is limited to one side of the roof. When making a decision to repair only part of the roof, its wise take into account the age and condition of your roof. If your roof is reaching the end of its lifetime, consider doing the entire roof while the crew is there with the ladders, scaffolding and equipment. It could be less expensive than doing part now and the rest in a few years.
There are a number of variables involved when deciding on repairing versus replacing a roof, such as the age and wear of the shingles, your local climate, and your home’s susceptibility to even more damage.
Putting off a re-roofing can end up costing you more if the integrity of your roof is compromised and causes damage to the interior of your home. The negative effects of a leaking roof can be costly to repair. Mold and mildew buildup in ceilings and walls is not only unseemly, it is unhealthy.
5 Warning Signs that your roof may need replaced rather than repaired:
- Roof shingles are curled at the edges, torn or missing and past their life expectancy
- Excessive amounts of shingle granules in the gutters are a sign of advanced wear, indicating that the shingles have lost their ability to protect your home from the elements
- Leaks in your roof that can’t easily be repaired and a sagging roof deck
- Experiencing extreme weather conditions, such as hurricane type wind and thermal shock, greatly reduce a roof’s lifespan
- Mold and fungi growing excessively on a roof can be a big indicator of rot
A new roof is a major investment. But once it’s done, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your roof, your home’s #1 defense is up for the job. Not only that, your home will have a fresh, new look and a big increase in value.
If your roof is experiencing any of these symptoms and you would like some advice, call us at Ferris Home Improvements. We are expert roofing contractors in Delaware that have built a stellar reputation in our community. We have been voted Delaware’s #1 Home Improvement Company three years in a row.
We’ll happily come out and inspect your roof to let you know if a simple shingle repair or a shingle roof replacement is necessary. Our roofing services cover Newark, Wilmington, Newport, New Castle and Bear, Delaware.