Factors to Consider When Deciding to Repair or Replace Your Roof

Roofers replacing roof on home Okay, so you’ve got an issue with your roof. How do you decide between repairing it or replacing it? What are some factors to consider?

How Long Has It Been Since You Had a New Roof?

First, consider the age of your roof. How old is it? If it’s more than 25 years old, then it’s time to think about a roof replacement. If it’s “younger,” then maybe just go with repairs.

Does it Leak?

Next, how about leaks? Do you have a little leak somewhere? That can probably be easily repaired. Now if you have a huge leak in one spot and it has affected the underlayment and you’ve got problems all over, then it might be time for a roof replacement. Multiple leaks are also cause for concern. Leaks can lead to rotten frames and sheathing, as well as destroyed insulation and, of course, damaged ceilings… and mold, too!

Is the Damage Major or Minor?

If the extent of roof damage is “major” in your opinion and the opinion of someone who regularly works on roofs, then it’s time for a replacement– just start fresh and new. Structural damage isn’t anything to play around with– you don’t want to experience a roof collapse.

What Type of Climate Are You In?

How’s the weather where you live? If you’re in an area that gets terrible hail and snow storms, your roof probably takes a beating and it might be time to replace it sooner than later. If your roof isn’t watertight, you’ve got a problem. This is especially true in the Poconos, with its harsh winter climate.

How Much Do You Have Budgeted?

Finally, it often comes down to cost, right? If you don’t have the money in your budget for a roof replacement then you might settle for repairs. That said, eventually a roof will need to be replaced.

Not sure what to do? Want some expert advice? If you’re located in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, call Roofing by Bruce at 570-424-8891 or email info@roofingbybruce.com.

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