Deciding whether to replace or repair your damaged roof can be tough and will depend upon several factors. One of the most important of these factors is the quality of your roofing contractor. A contractor can help you determine whether roof repair will be adequate to restore your roofing system or whether you will need to have your home re-roofed. The severity of the damage will naturally dictate how feasible roof repair will be; severe damage, such as that caused by monsoon storms or fallen trees, may necessitate re-roofing.
No matter how severe or minor the damage may appear, always have a qualified roofing contractor thoroughly inspect your roof. There can be underlying damage that is more extensive than originally believed, or you may simply need minor roof repair. Either way, your roofer will need to determine what can be repaired or what should be replaced.
If your roof is relatively young and the underlying structure is not overly damaged, your roofer may be able to replace a section of the roof to make your roof as good as new. However, older roofs with equally old components are often better off being replaced entirely.
Re-roofing your home can increase its value, thanks to the quality of newer materials and their energy-efficient properties. It also offers an opportunity to find quality roofing components that will last for many years or to change up your roof color or style.
While your budget will have an impact upon the decision between roof repair and re-roofing, weigh a few other considerations. Would it be more economical to simply invest in a new roof? Does it make sense to fix a large area of damage compared to re-roofing? Is the damage small enough that it can be rectified with a roof repair? A bigger upfront investment may allow for fewer repairs down the road. Remember, the costs associated with an ineffective repair is not just another repair- you have to include the damage from a leak that might have been prevented.
Your roofing contractor can help answer these questions. Contact Lyons Roofing at (602) 276-5515 if you have experienced recent damage to your roof and would like to know whether re-roofing or roof repair is your best option.