A strong, reliable roof is one of the most important parts on your home. You depend on it to keep you and your family protected from the wind, rain, and severe weather, but it can be damaged in a wide variety of ways.
If your roof is leaking or showing signs of wear, you basically have two options: get an entirely new roof, or have the existing roof repaired. Understanding when to choose one over the other is important for the long-term quality of your home…
New Roof vs Roof Repair: How can You Decide?
When Should You Get New Roof?
There are ways to tell if your house is so damaged or worn that clearing the existing material and replacing it with all-new roof is the right choice. For example, if you see shingle edges that are curled, cupped, or have numerous bald spots where granules are missing, you probably need a new roof. You should also keep an eye out for cracked shingles. If you have numerous cracked shingles all over your roof, it is probably a good idea to have them replaced with a new roof.
Age is an important factor as well. If your roof is over 20 years old, it is probably time to to re-roof your home. Today’s shingles are produced for greater longevity, but shingles installed 20 years ago may not last as long. Many factors will affect the longevity of your roof, including ventilation and exposure to the sun.
When Should You Get a Roof Repair?
While a new roof is often needed, there are times when a roof repair can be an affordable, reliable solution. If the roof has a small leak but is sound elsewhere, there’s probably no point in tearing up all the shingles, as a professional roofer can seal the leak without harming the existing shingles.
In most cases, if there is damage due to a small, isolated event like a tree limb falling on the roof or wind damage on one corner of the house, a simple repair can be completed. This repair will patch up the small area where your roof is damaged, saving you money over a more extensive roof repair.
Sometimes damage or wear to a roof is isolated to a single location. In this case, the roof can be repaired without a complete re-roofing. Say, for example, the western side of your home has been subjected to heavy winds for years, while the eastern side has trees that create a wind block. In this case, wind damage is probably heavier on the western side, so replacing both won’t make sense. For these situations, you can do a partial re-roof to save money on your services.
Get the Roofing Services You Need
Are you in need of roofing services? Are you not sure whether you need a repair or a new roof? Contact Guardian Roofs today and let us take a look at your roof. You’ll get a clear and honest assessment of your needs so you can make the right decision for your home.
Make sure your roof is ready to keep you warm and dry for decades by working with our professional team today!