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Roof Repair versus Roof Replacement: The Biggest Dilemma

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Homeowners often face the biggest roofing dilemma, whether to repair a roof or replace a roof. Or just leave it alone until next season? If your roof is hit with the recent storms and you identify that some shingles are missing, you must consider calling a roof inspector. If you see mold patches or moss over your roof, it is required to remove that growth. Repairing versus replacing a roof also depends on the age and the type of material used.

If you are living in the Midwest, your roof is prone to heavy damage due to the extreme weathers, storms, hail, or tornadoes year round. After every storm, homeowners and business owners wonder whether to repair the damaged roof or replace the roof altogether.

Roof Repair

Asphalt shingles can be applied in multiple layers and hence can be applied in batches. Metal roofing is pretty standard and does not need to be replaced that often. Tile, wood, or slate roofs are very costly to repair or replace. Here are some situations where you may consider roof repair:

  • Minor leaksroofdamage
  • Part of the roof damaged by a tree
  • Missing shingles after storms
  • Repairs around the flashings and sky lights
  • Leaks around roof vents, windows, and siding

Cost is also a major factor before opting for roof repair. Repairing just the part of the roof is affordable in most cases. If the estimates for repairing the roof are higher, then you may consider roof replacement. It is better to check the warranty and insurance before taking the decision. Finding matching shingles is also a major challenge for roof repairs.

Roof Replacement

Roof replacement is a popular choice if the roof is older and has major issues. If you notice large leaks or leaks in multiple spots, you may consider replacing your roof. If you had damage from hail where the entire roof has dents, then roof replacement is suggested. Replacing a roof involves removing all the existing layers and re-roofing. If your roof has two layers, then a new roof is suggested as per the International Roofing standards. If you remove the existing layers, you can get a chance to inspect the roof deck as well. You can identify any rotting in the sheathing as well. Here are the situations you may need roof replacement:

  • Attic has leaks and you can see light
  • Roof older than 20 years
  • Dark streaks on the roof
  • Roof appearing wet and faded
  • Cracked, curled, or dented shingles
  • Roof is dropping and sagging
  • Curling, bare spots, or worn down roofs

Cost of replacing a roof us sometimes covered by home owners insurance. Yearly maintenance, inspecting the roof, cleaning the gutters, checking for infestation, trimming any aged trees, and so on are some of the essential tasks to protect your roof. Before the onset of cold weather, now is the correct time for a roof inspection. Consider IKO Dynasty shingles for your new roof as they are resistant to extreme weathers.

If you have any doubts or concerns about the condition of your roof, schedule an inspection with Olde Town Roofing today. Olde Town Roofing has skilled experts who can suggest according to the condition of the roof. Ask for the free estimates from Olde Town Roofing by calling them at 3097385550 or 3095171676.


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