Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement – Which Do You Need?

Just because you have a leak doesn’t always mean you have to have a complete roof replacement. Sometimes you can call a trustworthy East Texas roofing contractor and he or she can provide roof repair that allows you to get several more years out of your existing roof. However, sometimes it’s better to replace the whole thing than to try and patch the problems. Choosing roof repair vs. roof replacement depends on several factors.

Roof Age

If your roof is old, you’re just delaying the inevitable. Even if your problem can be handled with a roof repair, you would be better off paying the money you’ll give a roofing contractor toward a whole new roof, because you’re facing that expense soon. If your roof is made of asphalt shingles, expect to get between 15 and 30 years out of them. We always inspect first, but generally recommend a roof replacement vs. roof repair when the roof is over 20 years old.

Roof Leaks

How many leaks your roof has and how long they’ve been causing damage both factor in to whether you should choose a roof repair vs. roof replacement. If you just have one leak in a small section, a roof repair might be all you need. If you have several leaks or moisture has seeped in and caused damage where it shouldn’t be, it’s better to schedule a roofing replacement.

Your Future Plans

You might not plan to own your home much longer. If you plan to move and your roof still provides adequate protection for your home, you might want to just make repairs and leave the roof replacement cost to the next owner. Keep in mind, though, that if your roof is near the end of its lifespan, it could cause problems when a new buyer tries to obtain financing.

Long Term Cost and Savings

Sure, a complete re-roof is going to cost more than a roof repair. But balance that against what you’ll spend if you have to call a roofer several times to patch leaks as they occur. Repairs are usually a short-term fix. A new roof could last for the rest of the time you own your home.

Sometimes a new roof lowers your home insurance rates. When you call for a free roof analysis, ask about roofing materials that are more resistant to fire, wind and hail damage. Your monthly or annual insurance premiums could go down after a roof replacement.

If you plan to own your home a long time, there’s also energy efficiency to consider. A new roof could save you on heating and cooling your home. Incremental savings month after month, year after year adds up.

Expert Evaluation for Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

At Advantage Roofing, we won’t try to sell you something you don’t need. If you do need a new roof, we can help you make it more affordable with GreenSky financing. Call an expert roofing contractor for a free roof evaluation at 866-454-7882 or contact us online today.