Part of owning a home or a piece of property is dealing with normal wear and tear that is associated with it, and dealing with these issues in the most cost-efficient and timely manner. Your roof is no exception. In time, your roof is exposed to sunlight, rain, snow, wind, and other environmental issues outside of your control. These things cause your roof to deteriorate and be in need of replacement or repair work eventually. Below are several tips to help you decide whether to replace or repair your roof.
Reroofing Gets More Bang For Your Buck
If your roof is old, then it may be a more sound investment to replace the entire roof. This is especially true if the shingles are loose or missing, there are multiple holes or leaks, and the roof is in overall rough shape. You can replace just the most problematic areas of your roof, but it’s generally cheaper to replace the entire thing. For example, replacing a small section of your roof may cost $2,500 to $3,000, but replacing the entire roof may cost $9,000 or $10,000. You’ll save several hundred or several thousand dollars by replacing the entire roof. It’s also convenient to have everything done in one shot than to have the roofers make multiple trips to fix other areas.
Repair A New Roof
If wind has torn several shingles off you roof, or some other small amount of damage, then replacing the damaged area is more cost-efficient than replacing the entire roof if the roof has some life left in it. Why replace a new roof, or a roof that has another five years of life left in it, for a few small repairs that could cost as little as $10? It doesn’t make sense.
Living in areas with a high amount of wind, like coasts prone to hurricanes, tend to have a dozen or so shingles blown off every time a large storm rolls in. These homes require more sturdy shingles and a stronger adhesion method to keep them from blowing off. If you’re using roofing cement that doesn’t hold your shingles on during strong winds, you may want to find shingles that use more nails for added security.
Roof Over Or Tear Off?
This is another decision you have to make regarding saving money up front or in the long run. If you have one layer of shingles on your roof, roofing over is an option. On the other hand, if you already have two layers of shingles on your roof you’re required by law to tear off the roof and start from scratch. This is mostly due to the extreme weight of the shingles across your roof. They weigh little on their own, but all together they can weigh as much as a car.
For the most part, tearing the shingles and roofing felt off is the best choice. There are several reasons for this. In high-wind areas, shingles attached directly to the roof deck hold better. Another reason is roofers can check to see the state of your roof deck. They can inspect any rot or water damage that may have occurred. This is invaluable information as this kind of damage can be catastrophic if ignored.
Adding new fasteners the sheathing protects from water if wind rips it off, and starting fresh will allow the roofers to place a water and ice membrane to the eaves to shield from ice dams.
Overall, when it comes to repairing the damage to your roof, replacing the entire roof is the much better option. As stated before it all comes down to costs and if it’s worth it to replace the entire roof.