If you’ve noticed signs of leaks in your home, or spotted missing or damaged shingles on your roof, you need to do something about it promptly before it gets worse and causes serious water damage. Should you repair the damage or opt for a full roof replacement? That’s one of the most common roofing questions we’re asked at Adams & Coe. While we would need to do a roof inspection to give you a definitive answer, here are some basic guidelines to inform your decision.
Repair Or Replace: Tips To Help You Decide
- The age of your roof
On average, a shingle roof will last roughly 15-20 years. If you don’t happen to know how old your roof is, look for signs of advanced aging like curling, bald, crumbling or missing shingles; sagging areas; shingle granules in your gutters and around downspouts; and multiple leaks.
- The extent of the damage
If the damage is limited to a small area with one or two leaks or a few missing shingles, then a roof repair might be your best option. If the signs of damage are more widespread, or there is evidence of structural collapse, a roof replacement is probably warranted.
- Your future plans for your home
If you plan on living in your home for a long time or passing it down to a family member, then a full roof replacement, if needed, would be a great investment. A professional roofing contractor can give you valuable advice on your long-term options. If on the other hand, you plan to sell and move on in a few years, then you might be able to get by with repairs until then. However, consider that an old, leaky roof will be a negative for potential buyers, while a new roof is a positive selling point, and you might be able to recover a significant amount of the replacement cost when you sell.
- Your financial situation
This is obviously a big factor when deciding to replace or repair. A roof replacement is a large investment, but you should weigh that against the cost of continual repairs, which can add up quickly.
The best way to decide whether you should replace or repair your roof is with professional advice and an accurate estimate from an experienced roofing contractor. Adams & Coe provides services for Anderson, Greenville, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, and other parts of Upstate South Carolina. Schedule an appointment by filling out our online contact form.