There’s no way around it, if you’re a homeowner, you may encounter some roof issues over the home’s lifetime. For instance, you’re walking around the yard, enjoying a beautiful Minnesota day, and suddenly find a few shingles laying in the grass…or while watching a Twins game you notice a water spot on your ceiling. These are signs your roof needs some attention. But what does that attention mean? Full roof replacement or is a repair project all that’s needed?
Roof Repair or Roof Replacement – What Are Your Options?
When it comes to roof issues, replacement isn’t the only option. The solution could be a simple repair project. But how do you know which is right for you? Well, there are a few questions to ask to help in that determination:
- How old is your roof?
- How long do you plan to stay in the house?
- Is there any moisture damage to the roof deck?
- How much of the roof is damaged?
Depending on the type of damage you find, you may be able to repair your roof instead of completing a full replacement. Roof repair may be the right choice if you find any of the below:
- Missing shingles
- Nail pops
- Weather damage
- Tree damage
- Leaks around the pipe boot
- Leaks around the chimney
- Punctures and holes
So what are the benefits of roof repair vs. replacement? Repairs are more affordable than a full replacement. A repair can help increase the lifetime of your roof. If it’s a simple fix, it makes more sense to repair.
What Can I Expect with a Repair Project?
Typically a roof repair project is relatively easy, quick, and inexpensive in comparison to a full replacement. The repair process involves removing and replacing torn or damaged shingles. It may also involve adding an additional shingle layer over the affected area. Keep in mind, this is only for roofs with one layer of shingles. If you already have a second layer, it’s time for a replacement.
How Much Does Repairing a Roof Cost?
Roof repair is the most cost-effective option for roof issues. The repairs can extend the life of an older roof until it’s time to tear off the old one and complete a full replacement project.
Depending on the cause of the concern, repair costs may fall between $500-$4,000. However, the cost is ultimately based on the complexity, your contracting company, roof accessibility, the pitch of the roof, and a few other things.
How Do I Know If Roof Repair is the Right Way To Go?
If your roof just needs replacement of a few shingles to restore its look and function, roof repair is the way to go. However, before you decide on a repair project, it’s important to have a professional inspect your roof. They have the expertise to determine if it’s just a few missing pieces or if there’s a leak through multiple layers of your roof that will cause much more damage if simply covered up.
Undertaking a roof replacement project can be daunting when you consider time and cost. So, what are the benefits of a roof replacement vs. roof repair? First and foremost, roof replacement gives you peace of mind. A new roof is reassuring. When it rains, you can rest assured that the new roof will hold up and keep your home protected. Along with peace of mind, roof replacement enhances your home’s curb appeal. A new roof increases the value of the house, along with getting positive attention. But of course, there’s more than peace of mind to consider. Keep reading to learn more about what’s involved and the cost associated with a full replacement.
What Can I Expect with a Replacement Project?
A roof replacement project simply means you are removing the current roof and replacing it with new materials.
The first step in replacement is tearing off the old roof. This process can look a little chaotic; however, a good contractor will have this chaos controlled by protecting your property during this process and making sure the shingles, nails, and debris are contained. As the shingles are removed, the old nails will be pulled or hammered down to be flush with the decking. This is crucial for ensuring proper installation of your new roof. Once the teardown is complete, the installation of the new shingles will take place, and soon you’ll have your brand new roof.
How Much Does Replacement of a Roof Cost?
The cost of replacing a roof is one of the main considerations when choosing to repair or replace. While the cost of a complete replacement will be more expensive up front, you shouldn’t have to worry about any additional costs for years to come.
The cost of a full roof replacement can range from $4,000 to six figures depending on the size, pitch, design, and materials used. This price tag may have some sticker shock, but keep in mind a quality roof replacement can last for 50+ years.
How Do I Know If Roof Replacement is the Right Way To Go?
If your roof is showing signs of serious damage, full replacement should be at the top of your list. Signs that your roof would require a replacement include:
- Shingles that are curling and starting to buckle
- Presence of small, pebble pieces in your gutters
- Water leakage or any sign of rot in your attic
- Sagging roof
If any of these signs are present, it’s not worth a repair. It will most likely end up costing you more in the long run.
What’s the Right Choice for You?
Well, what did you decide? Roof repair or roof replacement? Wait, don’t tell me! First, reach out to a professional. While the information above can help you make some choices, it’s always best to reach out to a professional for help with the final decision.