Some of the more costly investments in your home are flexible as to when they should be done. New kitchen or bath? Do it when the budget permits. New deck? Just get it done before the old one becomes dangerous. But the roof often makes the decision on whether to replace or repair for you.
… If it is damaged in several or large sections. If you repair it, what seems like a minor patch job might require extensive repair, especially if there is severe moisture damage due to leaks penetrating the attic.
… If you are a bit of a perfectionist and concerned about matching your current roof shingles. Over time, shingles will start to lighten because of the sun. So, it can be difficult to match a shingle that’s being replaced. It is nearly impossible to match your older shingle colors to the new shingles. The shingles may not match leaving you with an unsightly curb appeal that not only you, but your neighbors will notice.
… If repairing your roof is no longer cost-effective. Be sure to compare the long-term cost of repairs with the cost of replacement, remembering that the new roof can have a 20-year or more lifespan. If you think you will continue to need repairs to an ageing roof, it might be time to think about a new one. Ask yourself, “How long do I plan on staying in my home?”
… If your roof has reached its sell-by date. Was this roof installed when the house was built? Has it been replaced but it’s now edging closer to that warrantee expiration? While it may be painful, we need to remember that roofs don’t last forever, and be proactive in our decisions.
… If your roof is not compliant with current building codes. Yes, codes do change over the years. Do you know if your roof is in code? Call us – we’ve got all that info down pat and can inform you about current codes and how they pertain to your home.
… If your home has structural damage. Did the previous owner ignore important repairs, and now you have wood rot or mold? Did your roof incur structural storm damage? Do yourself a favor and don’t patch over serious issues. You’ll spend money now and spend it again next year.
Yes, there’s a time for a repair, and a time to face the music. We know a new roof is one of the costliest investments you can make in your house. And we also know that not doing a roof replacement at the right time is one of the most costly mistakes you can make.
Call us for an honest, no-obligation opinion on whether it’s time to repair or replace your roof. We’re not the high-pressure sales types, we’re the “tell it like it is” types.