When to Replace vs Repair Your Roof

January 31, 2020

It’s not always easy to determine whether or not you need to replace your roof or if you can get away with a quick repair. Every roof and situation is different. IBEX Roof is here to help guide you towards the right decision.

Old Roofs: Repair or Replace?

The average roof may last around 25 years if you’ve properly maintained it over time and there were no outstanding circumstances that might have damaged it. After having your roof for 15 years, it’s time to start getting serious about scheduling annual inspections for your roof to ensure that it’s still protecting your home. If everything is in good shape or if there are small, localized areas of damage, then a repair is likely your best option.

After your roof is past 20 years old, though, it’s time to start considering and saving up for a replacement in the near future. Even though a roof replacement seems like a large investment, it is often more beneficial to get a full roof replacement after a certain time than to continue getting repairs.

Long-Term Living: Repair or Replace?

If you’re thinking of moving soon, it can be hard to decide whether or not to replace a roof, especially if your roof is older but still in passable shape. A few factors to consider include:

  • How soon are you looking to move?
  • Have you had any roofing problems in the recent past?
  • What does your roof currently look like?

HomeAdvisor reported that a new roof can improve a home’s resale value by almost $12,000. Additionally, a new roof could also improve your home’s curb appeal to potential buyers and most warranties are transferrable. However, every housing market and neighborhood differs; a realtor would be able to advise you on whether a repair or replacement will be best for your house.

Reasons to Replace Your Roof

Sometimes, there is no way around it: you NEED to get your roof replaced. Some reasons to replace your roof as soon as possible include:

  • Multiple leaks and areas of damage
  • Roof is sagging
  • Severe weather damage
  • Roof shingles have lost their granules or are split, curled, and missing
  • The current roof was improperly installed (yes, even if it was recently)

These are just a few obvious reasons your roof needs replacing, but remember – not every roof replacement has to be an emergency! Stay proactive with the health of your roof by schedule routine inspections.

Common Roof Repairs

Not every roofing problem means you have to get a replacement. Some of the most common types of roof repairs are:

  • Small leaks or localized areas of damage
  • Rusty flashing
  • Sealing fixtures
  • Problems with your gutter, skylight, vent, or chimney

It’s not easy to spot areas of your roof that needs to be repaired from the ground or with an untrained eye. That’s why getting annual roof inspections is so important! If you think your roof may be due for a repair or replacement, call our friendly staff at IBEX Roof today.

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