Roofing replacement can be costly, with most homeowners putting it off until problems show up. Whether it’s a leak in the roof or shingles blowing off in high winds, there is a case for roof repair and replacement. The choice to make depends on a few factors.
The Age of the Roof
The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is between 15 and 30 years. If your roof is relatively new and in good shape, repairing just the damaged or missing shingles may make sense. However, if your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s probably best to replace it.
How Long Do You Plan to Live There?
If you plan to sell your home in a few years and the roof is in good shape, you may consider repairing it. However, if you want to stay in your home long term, it might make more sense to replace the roof now, especially if it’s showing its age.
What Type of Damage are you Dealing With?
If there is extensive damage to your roof from a storm or a tree falling on it, you may have no choice but to replace the roof. But if there is just an isolated leak or a few shingles missing, it would be more cost-effective to repair the damage. If you choose to repair, have the work done as soon as possible to avoid any further damage which could require a roof replacement.
Consider New Roof Incentives
Though the cost of a new roof is more expensive than repairing it, sales incentives may make the new roof cost more affordable. Using environmentally friendly materials could qualify for local or federal tax credits. Choosing materials resistant to fire, wind, and hail could lower your costs of homeowners insurance. New roofing materials are also more energy-efficient, which could reduce energy costs over the long term.
How Many Layers of Shingles are There?
Suppose you only have a single layer of shingles on your roof. In that case, you may be able to get an extra layer put over the existing roof, which is more affordable than starting from scratch. However, having the old shingles removed allows for a thorough inspection of the roof deck and sheathing. A membrane can also be added along the eaves to prevent damage caused by ice dams and excess water.
The Hidden Costs of Roof Replacement
If you are considering roof replacement, there are potential hidden costs to think about. If the wood is rotted from a water leak, it may need more extensive repairs. Mold or termite damage could be present, which may require additional remediation. If your home is older, the roof may not be up to code, which could require more out-of-pocket costs.
Depending on the age of your roof system, you may also have to pay to have your gutters replaced as well. If you’re considering roof replacement over repair, get a comprehensive estimate from a licensed roofing contractor to determine potential hidden costs.
Hiring the Professional Remediation Experts
With hurricane seasons just beginning in Maryland, the risk of a big storm causing damage to your roof is greater. The remediation experts at Allied Restoration in Gambrills, Maryland, can help with fire, smoke, water, and mold damage to your roof or home. Call us anytime at 410-BUILDER (410-284-5337) to schedule a free estimate for your remediation needs.