How To Decide Between Roof Repair And Replacement

Do you own a home with a roof that's starting to leak? Are you wondering whether your roof needs to be replaced or if it can simply be repaired? If you're new to homeownership, this can be a difficult choice to make. Some roofers you talk to may insist that you do one, while other roofers might insist that it's best for you to do the other. To help you choose, here are some things to consider when choosing to repair or replace:

Soft spots: If your roofer reports no soft spots, then you may have a good candidate for roof repair. Soft spots can mean water damage, termite damage, dry rot, or something else entirely. Your roofer would have to remove most of the shingles on your roof to simply assess the damage. When your roof has no soft spots in the vicinity of the leak, the leak is more likely to be caused by a simple fault in the shingles themselves than by damage to the sub-roof. As a result, your roofer should only need to remove the shingles from a small section to remedy the situation.

Age: Did the previous owners tell you that they had a new roof installed in the past couple years? If so, this makes it likely that the roofers reused the flashing that was on the roof before. Flashing consists of strips of metal that are nailed down underneath the shingles in order to provide extra protection on peaks, in valleys, and around vents. If the flashing is reused, the roofers are unlikely to get the nails in exactly the same holes as before. As a result, there will be tiny parts of your roof that are less protected than other parts. Fortunately, if flashing is the issue, roof repair should be as simple as pulling up the shingles in those areas and nailing down new strips of flashing.

Missing shingles: If you're just missing one or two shingles due to an especially heavy storm, you probably only need a simple roof repair to replace them. On the other hand, if your shingles are crooked, curling or otherwise looking damaged for no reason, then it's more likely that you'll need a complete replacement. But if you have a damaged section like this with a heavy southern exposure and the rest of the roof is in shade or has a northern exposure, you may only need to replace the southern section. While it's probably best for you to replace the whole thing at once, as your roofer may try to tell you, replacing as much as you can afford may be your best option if you're on a limited budget.

For more information, contact professionals like Starkweather & Sons Roofing & Siding.