Repair Or Replace Roof
Roofing is one of the larger expenses most homeowners incur. A roof replacement is expensive, and so are roof repairs. In fact, roof repairs can finally get so expensive, the homeowner figures it might be better to just put on a new roof. And that’s the question that eventually comes up with most homes – should I replace my roof or keep having it repaired?
What kind of roof is it?
The type of roof you have will play a role in how much a current roof repair project and future expected repairs will cost. Leak repair or small-section replacement is more expensive with some types of roofing materials than others. Over time, this cost may become significant.
Consider, also, the age of the roof. Let’s say you have a 15-year-old asphalt shingle roof that has finally begun to leak. At 15, these roofs are nearing the end of their normal life expectancy. If the leak is minor, you might choose to repair it. If it’s an extensive leak and will cost big money to fix it, now may be the time for a new roof.
How much damage currently exists?
When you’re working the numbers to decide if a repair job or roof replacement is your best option, you need to know what you’re looking at out-of-pocket should you go the repair route. The extent and location of the damage will affect the cost. This will be a key factor in making your decision.
There are various industry “rules of thumb” to use in weighing the cost of repairs vs. installing a new roof, so talk with a qualified roof repair technician and a licensed roofing contractor to determine the best option.
Is the roof still under warranty?
If your roof is still under warranty, then you’ll probably want to have existing covered damage repaired. However, read your warranty closely to find out if there are stipulations on how the repair work is to be done. It’s not uncommon for warranties to be voided if roof repair is performed by the homeowner or anyone other than a licensed, approved roofing repair professional.
If you choose to replace your roof
Throughout America, we’re seeing more and more new roof installations using metal roofing panels. This material brings homeowners many advantages including:
Long-lasting: Metal roofs have lifespans of 40 to 50 or more years.
Aesthetic value: Modern metal roofing material is available in a wide range of colors, shapes and textures, making it easy to customize the exact look you want.
Damage-resistant: A properly installed metal roof will hold up exceptionally well in powerful winds, pounding hail and season after season of searing temperatures.
Cooling effect: Coated metal roofing panels actually reflect the heat of the sun away from your home rather than absorb it as most other roofing materials do. This means a cooler home in the summer and lower utility bills.
Minimal repair/maintenance: Leaks are very uncommon in metal roofs. Maintenance primarily involves periodic spraying to remove dust and debris.
If you’re ready to replace your roof rather than repair it and believe metal is the way to go, the experts at Advanced Aluminum of Lakeland, FL, are here to help. We manufacture top-grade metal roofing used by leading contractors throughout the Lakeland region. Call (863) 648-5787 with questions or to arrange a free in-home consultation.