Sagging, missing buckling and curling shingles, moss growing on the roof, and leaks are all signs pointing toward a roof in trouble. Tired of paying to fix roofing problems and wondering if replacement trumps repair at this point? Deciding to replace your roof instead of repairing it can have a significant impact on your wallet. In most cases, roofs are repairable, although there are several instances in which replacement is the sole option. Here are considerations to be take into account when deciding which is best:
Is It Your Forever Home?
Are you planning on staying in your home for the long term? If not, then replacing your roof may not make the most sense. Still, if you plan to put your house on the market, then a new roof is an excellent selling point. Talk with your roofer to see if repair or partial re-roofing is possible. If you’re staying put, investing in a new roof may be your best bet, especially if you’ve already paid for repairs several times.
Age and Roof Type
Some types of roofs have longer service lives than others. If you have an asphalt shingle roof with lower-grade three-tab shingles, expect it to last 20 years or less. Architectural shingles may last up to 40 years. Wood shingle roofs generally last 30 years or so, while metal roofs may last up to 80 years. Clay or slate roofs sometimes remain viable for up to 100 years or longer. If your roof is still within its typical service life, ask your roofer if repair is the best option.
Perhaps the biggest consideration for homeowners when it comes to repairing or replacing a roof is what they’re willing to spend. If you can’t afford a new roof, you may have no option but to limp along with roofing repairs until replacement is in the cards for you. Repair is undoubtedly more cost-effective in the short term.
There are advantages and drawbacks to both repairing and replacing a roof. If you can afford it, a new roof adds to your home’s value and curb appeal. Contact MB Roofing for professional roof repair and roof replacement services.