In many situations, choosing between repair or replacement is a clear-cut choice. Relatively new roofs with isolated damaged areas typically only need repairs, while leaky roofs that have reached the end of their service life should be replaced. But there are many gray areas when it comes to the roof repair vs. replacement debate. In today’s post, Buford Roofing and Construction, your premier general contractor, offers guidance on deciding between roofing repair or replacement.
When You Should Choose Roof Repair
Start with the nature of the problem. If it’s a leak that only occurs in one area, there’s a good chance it’s isolated and will require repairs that can be finished in a few hours. Check your entire ceiling area and look for other stains before you call a contractor. Step outside, take a good pair of binoculars and inspect your roof for damage caused by flying debris, fallen tree branches, or burrowing animals.
If your roofing problem appears to be caused by faulty installation, check your warranty paperwork as you may be eligible for workmanship warranty coverage. If your home has sustained wind damage from a storm, repair should be your first priority. It’s worth noting that most mid-level asphalt shingle roofing is tested for Category 3 winds or higher, so it may be a worthy investment.
When You Should Choose Roof Replacement
Your roof’s age is a big factor when considering repair or replacement. If your asphalt shingle roof is over 30 years old (50 if it’s a metal roof, 70 or longer if it’s tile or slate), you should consider replacing it. Just because your roof isn’t showing signs of aging, like cupping or curling, doesn’t mean it’s not nearing the end of its life span—roofing wear and tear isn’t always evident at first glance.
Your roof deck’s condition is also another factor, and is one of the first things our consultants check when assessing a roof’s overall condition. Even with a relatively new roof, a weak roof deck could send the roof collapsing in on itself, which is more likely if you have a heavy roofing material like slate.
If you’re unsure about whether you need roof replacement or repair, no need to worry, our consultants are ready to help you. Call Buford Roofing and Construction today at (817) 754-6555 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free on-site, no-hassle estimate. We serve Grapevine and Flower Mound, TX.