Replacing a roof can be one of the most costly expenses for a home or commercial building. When making the decision to repair or replace the existing roof many things should be taken into consideration. Here are some items to ponder and discuss with your contractor prior to making an expensive repair or an even more expensive replacement.
- What kind of material is currently on my roof and what is the typically lifespan of this material.
- If you roof is currently leaking, what is causing the leaks? If the leaks are caused by worn out flashings, pipe boots, seams, vents, etc., a repair may make sense.
- Are the leaks coming from worn out shingles or roof membrane? If this is the case, it is probably time to replace the roof.
- Roof repairs can be costly, a major cost of the contractors is getting the crews onsite set up and ready to work. Even if only a portion of your roof is showing major signs of wear, it may make sense to replace the whole thing at once if the roof material is nearing the end of its life expectancy. This will avoid paying for an expensive repair now in addition to the more expensive replacement a few years down the road.
- How long do you plan to stay in your home? Do you plan to sell your home in the near future and is a roof replacement looming? A roof showing signs of wear may be a turnoff for many potential buyers. Replacing the roof prior to listing will help improve curb appeal, could increase your asking price and be an overall benefit for you trying to sell your home quickly.
- It is always a good idea to plan ahead; consider having your roof inspected annually. Being proactive about roof maintenance can help extend the life of your roof and help you detect any problem areas before they become leaks.