It’s a common question for homeowners: when should I opt for roof repair or replacement? One can cost a lot while the other might be significantly less. Your roof is going to experience wear and tear over the years and knowing whether to fix or replace can be a huge difference in your budget. It’s most likely that you’ll be wishing for a quick restoration/repair job but sometimes the best thing you can do is replace the entire roof. However, if you have no idea what to do there are a few situations that you may be relating with currently:
Your Roof Is Getting Older
If you have noticed that there are shingles missing or it’s looking worse for wear you should be thinking about the age of your roof. An average asphalt roof lifespan is about 15-20 years. So, if you bought your home in 2014 and it was already 15 years old then it’s high time that it gets replaced. If you have a roof that’s made of clay or concrete tiling you should be okay because they can last 30 to 50 years before they need to be replaced. The basic rule of thumb is that if your roof is getting old or is reaching its end of life you should move toward replacing it. Although you may not want to spend the cost to get your roof replaced it’s well worth the investment as it should last another 20 years.
Your Wish to Sell Your Home
Damaged and old roofs scare away potential home buyers that don’t have the money to replace the roof. No one really wants to move into a home that has a roof that may only last 5 years or so. Replacing your roof’s home might seem like a major expense but it’s quite likely that you can recoup that money by upping the asking price of your home. A home buyer wants to be assured that the home they buy has been treated with care and precautions. This means a roof that isn’t caving in or needs replacement. Replacing your roof before putting it on the market can add big bucks as well as a big interest for new home buyers.
If your roof hasn’t been inspected in recent years and you haven’t looked at it yourself you may be in trouble. You’re not expected to know the signs of roof damage but that’s why getting regular inspections are important. If it’s been more than 3-5 years since your roof has been looked at by a professional you could unknowingly be dealing with major damage (especially if you have a flat room that can’t be seen from the street). There are signs inside of your home that is a good indicator that something is amiss. If your ceiling has water damage and stains it’s probably coming from a leaking pipe or a busted roof. You may also notice wood rot or mold inside your home. Both are bad news (especially because mold can cause nasty health issues). If you have allowed damage to spread you could be dealing with massive roof repair costs.
Making the right decision on how to deal with your roof can be a stressful decision. There’s only so much research you can do but the one thing you should be looking into is a good local contractor. You will want an outfit that has the experience, license, and binding and is reviewed well within your community. Don’t hesitate to call around and compare quotes to get the best possible rate. However, don’t go for a very lowball offer as this could be an indication that the company does bad work. Also, depending on the season in which you want to sell your home or if you have noticed that your roof is aged, you may be able to save some money. Roofing contractors are usually busiest in the late summer and fall seasons. With that in mind, you can always call in the winter and spring to see if/how much a roofing contractor would charge to replace or repair your roof.
No matter your roofing problem it’s always a good idea to have your roof regularly inspected. If you haven’t scheduled an inspection in recent years you can depend on the team at Rescue Roofing LA to give you a professional indication of what condition your roof is currently in. We have four decades of experience in the roofing industry. We are fully licensed and bonded and also do emergencies calls. Don’t hesitate to call us if you are experiencing a roofing emergency. If you would like to schedule an inspection or would a free estimate for your roof repairs please call us at (888) 290-5525 to set a time and date. We look forward to working with you.