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When To Repair Or Replace Your Roof




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Your roof is one of the most important elements of your home. After all, there is little benefit of having a roof over your head, if it doesn’t keep the rain out. Inevitably, there are going to be times when your roof gets damaged. When this happens, you will need to get your roof repaired, or if the damage is really serious, you will need to replace your roof. But at what point is a replacement necessary? When is a roof beyond repair? In this article, we will try to look at what factors dictate whether a repair or replacement is necessary.

Age of the Roof

If your house and your roof are relatively new, then usually all but the most serious damage is likely to be repairable. Your roof may still be under warranty in which case the original manufacturer should be able to repair it free of charge. If the roof is older, any repairs that are done are likely to be less effective than the same repairs done on a new roof. Especially as you come to the end of the original warranty, a full replacement is usually advisable. This will end up saving you money as a new roof will require less frequent repairs and will also start with a brand new warranty.

The Extent of Leakage and Water Damage

If there is significant leaking or water damage, an immediate replacement is usually necessary. Attempting to repair a roof with this level of damage will just end up costing more over the long run as any repairs will only be temporary fixes that need doing again and again. The experts at told us that whilst most weather damage is repairable, damage caused by violent storms may be beyond repair. Particularly bad weather events can damage the roof structures. How the damage was sustained can be an important factor in deciding if the repair will be sufficient by considering if the same damage is likely to recur. If you live in an area that regularly encounters the same weather which did the original damage, the chances are that the same damage will occur again.

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Cost of Replacement Compared to Regular Repair

In general, terms, if the damage is mostly to the exterior of the roof, then it is often just a case of replacing shingles or minor waterproofing, but if the interior of the roof is damaged, then this will cause more expensive problems. Whilst you can keep replacing roofing tiles and shingles over and over again, you will only be papering over the cracks and it is only going to cost you more money in the long term. Have an expert survey your room after heavy damage has been sustained to advise whether it will be more cost-effective to carry out ongoing repairs rather than just replacing the damaged roof with a brand new one.

Regular expert roof maintenance is very important to make sure that the roof on your home stays secure and waterproof and can continue to protect your family from the elements. Make sure you keep a close eye on your roof so that minor problems can be resolved before they grow into more serious issues. If your roof is old or has significant damage, then more often than not, a full roof replacement is your best course of action.



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