Should you repair or replace your roof?

Should you repair or replace your roof?

When considering whether to repair or replace your roof, it often comes down to timing. Ready 2 Roof can walk you through the advantages, options and costs of repair, full replacement and partial replacement of the most important part your home. Here are some questions to think about:

How old is your roof?

Replacing your roof too soon would be a waste of money but waiting too long could cause damage to decking and interior walls, so consider this:

If your roof is close to 20 years old and showing signs of wear, you will want to replace it. But if your roof is still in good condition, a spot repair may make more sense. Partial replacement is also an option, because it can extend the life of your roof for another 10 to 15 years. However, the cost of continued repairs could actually out-weigh the cost of replacing the whole thing.

Do you plan to sell your home?

While “new roof” looks appealing on real estate listings, you may not have to take on the expense of replacement if you can patch your roof with shingles that match your original roof. If the roofer didn’t provide you with extra bundles of shingles from the original job for repairs, a mismatched patch may look unattractive, call attention to the age of your roof, and make potential buyers wonder what other issues your home may have.

Should you tear off or roof over?

To protect the structural integrity of your roof, the International Residential Code (R907.3) says that two or more layers of asphalt shingles must be removed before replacement. Even if you have a single layer of shingles, you may want to spend a little more now to have it removed to avoid issues and additional costly repairs later.

Additionally, the Jackson metro’s location means homeowners must consider the potential for damage caused by high winds and hail from thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. Shingles are more likely to hold in place if secured directly to the roof’s decking.

The experienced, manufacturer-certified contractors at Ready 2 Roof can assess the condition of your roof and determine how much life it has left. If you live in the Brandon, Madison or Flowood area, Ready 2 Roof can take a look at your shingles and, if available, order shingles that match or closely blend with your existing roof. And we can advise you on whether to tear off or roof over. Just call us at 601-401-4636 or contact us online for a no-obligation inspection and free estimate.