Should you Replace or Repair your Roof?


The decision to repair or replace your entire roofing system is critical. Does the decision to repair or replace your roof minimize or increase your short term and long term costs? It’s definite that everyone would like to minimize costs while having quality work done on their roofing system.

Before you hire a roofer, decide whether you need a repair or total roof replacement. You can do a repair or partial replacement or a complete replacement. Alternatively, you can opt to replace your entire roof or even build another roof on top of your existing roof.

Roof Repair

Factors that determine whether you need a repair or replacement include: the extent of damage, the location in need of repair and how long the roof has existed. For instance, a strong wind in your area can blow some shingles off your roof, calling for a repair, especially if the roof is still new.

Shingles Replacement

Torn shingles can be removed and new ones put in place. It’s important to note that unless your roof is still new and you had some shingles left when you did your roofing, you’ll have to use the same shingles to replace the broken ones. If you buy new shingles, they might not match your old type on the roof, hence the need to use the same ones.

However, it’s hard to find matching shingles due to constant change in materials and visual effects. Furthermore, it’s likely your current shingles have faded over the years. If you had no shingles left, it is better to use mismatching shingles than replace your entire roof. Replacing a few shingles is also more affordable and easy to manage.

On the other hand, if you are planning to sell your house, contact a roofing company to help you find shingles almost similar to the ones on your roof. A house patched on the roof is not appealing to any potential buyer. Therefore, with the help of a roofer, you can find the best shingles to use, leaving your roof looking its best.

If a heavy object or tree falls on one side of your roof, it can dig a hole through it. Evidently, there is no clear damage on the other parts of the roof; all you may need is partial repair. In comparison to replacing shingles, partial repair is more expensive per square meter. For instance, look at a scenario where asphalt shingle has more than one layer.

A roofer can remove all the layers before re-roofing your roof. Additional costs might include higher costs of labor and the disposal of the layers removed. In some cases, installing a new roof can be cheaper in the long run than engaging in repairs.

Roof Replacement

Several signs can point to the need to replace your roofing system. The lifespan of your roof; if your roof is older than 10 years, then it could be time to replace it. Most roofs have a lifespan of about 20 years, after which they begin to wear out.

Looking at your roof from inside, do you see a light shining through the attic? If your answer is yes, it could be a sign your roofing needs replacement. Do not wait until you have leakage to contact a professional roofing company to fix your roof. The earlier you deal with the situation, the better so you avoid more costs and damages.

Shingles on your roof can also determine whether your roofing system requires replacement or not. If you notice buckling shingles, you might need to replace your roof sooner than you think. Even though such shingles might not be blown away by strong winds, they lose their ability to protect your roof from debris and water.

Another sign to look out for is the presence of small parts of shingles known as shingle granules in your gutter. It is an earlier indication of shingles tear, possibly leading to cracks or holes on your roof. Sagging of your roof is a red flag and definitely needs replacement.

With sagging roofs, you cannot wait for a disaster to contact a roofer. Call the Sacramento Roofing company to offer you roof replacement services. A sagging roof can collapse at anytime. Therefore, do not waste any time as it can cause damage and injury to the residents of your house.

Finally, consider the finances you can use on the roof replacement project. Replacing a roof can be more affordable in the long run than a repair. A partial repair is more of a temporary solution and in the near future, you might have to repair other parts of the roof. So, why not do a replacement instead?

Roof Tear Off or Roof Over?

Reroofing is one thing and the decision to reroof on top of your old roof or even completely tear off the old roof is another. It all comes down to saving costs without the need to embark on other repairs soon after. The best decision is to spend more money now and avoid future risks or expenses later.

According to the International Residential (R 907.3) code, you cannot put a roof where there’s already one or attempt to create two layers of a roof. Doing so can result in more weight exerting on the structure of your house. Although a single shingle is light, hundreds or thousands of them, covering up to 1500 square feet, can pose a risk.

Remove all the shingle layers on your existing roof before making a new installation to help you save money in the future. If you live in an area prone to strong winds, only a strong roof placed directly on the roof deck can withstand their damaging effect. Moreover, removing old shingles gives you an opportunity to check whether your roof deck is still in a good condition.

Assessing your roof deck is the only way to find out if the wood is rotten and the fastenings in top shape or not. Avoid dramatic losses associated with rotten roof decks falling when you least expect it through early repairs. At Sacramento roofing, we have a team of qualified contractors to assist you in making such crucial decisions.

We are just a phone call away. Contact us today to know whether you need a roof replacement or simply a roof repair.