When it comes to the necessities of life, a roof over your head may be a debatable topic for those who live in warmer climates. But for those of us who experience all four seasons in a single year, a roof is essential to survival.
Take Boise, Idaho for example. Idaho temperatures fluctuate between record highs of 110℉ and record lows of -28℉.
The alluring seasons may draw multitudes of people to the Gem State, but for those who live here, or live in areas with varying temperatures, it’s important to understand that these polarizing temperature changes accelerate the wear and tear on your roof.
When your roof begins to show signs of damage, it’s important to obtain a proper roof inspection. Your roof inspector can help identify the root cause of the damage as well as offer options on how to repair or when to replace.
In the world of DIY however, home improvement projects such as roof repair usually result in self evaluation of damages before consulting a professional. Understandably so- the satisfaction of fixing your own roof is priceless.
But, what are you looking for when determining whether your roof needs repair or replacement? Some major factors to consider when choosing whether to repair or replace your roof are listed below.
How Old is Your Roof?
It goes without saying that the age of your roof is a good place to start when considering repair or replacement. Generally speaking, it’s safe to say that your roof will need to be replaced at least once in your lifetime.
Depending on the materials used to build your roof, the shelflife of your roof will vary. Shingled roofs often need to be replaced every 20-13 years while metal roofing tends to last about 50 years.
If you suspect that the age of your house surpasses the durability lifetime of your roofing materials, complete replacement may be in your best interest.
Severity of Damage
Let’s say that the roof has been replaced within the past 50 years and still fully supports the structural integrity of your house.
By identifying the severity of damage, the decision between repair and replacement is quite easy.
Large water leaks are critical to establish quickly. If you start to notice water damage to the interior of your home, replacement is absolutely necessary. At this point, water may seep into walls causing black mold or worse.
Aside from major water damage, most small damages can be repaired. For example, shingles can singularly be replaced and drips from the ceilings can be mended.
Roof Repair Budget
Roof repair cost varies depending on the extent of damage. There are both pros and cons to choosing small repairs over complete replacement when it comes to cost.
If you plan on moving houses soon, complete replacement of your roof can have it’s advantages. The new roof can add curb appeal which adds value to the overall cost of your house.
If you plan on staying in your home, small repairs here and there may be a better option for your wallet. Small repairs and preventative maintenance can actually extend the life of your roof.
The question is whether or not it is cost effective.
If your roof is old, and past the shelf life of the materials used, many small repairs over time can actually cost more than a total replacement if these repairs are needed often.
Of course, smaller sums of money spent over time have less of an emotional impact on your wallet than seeing one lump sum of money spent all at once.
The choice is up to you.
Doing your own research is MUST before making your final decision. Only you know your budget needs, and only you can determine what is the best course of action for you. So by doing your research, you can approach the table with all the facts.
By finding a local company like Caliber Roofing, you can rest assured that major companies won’t try to nickel and dime you. Which is why our initial inspection is free!
Set up a professional roof inspection today! Caliber Roofing LLC specialists can help you determine the best course of action to mend your roof. Whether it be replacement or repair, we are here to help!