As a homeowner, you probably make repairs around your home on a regular basis. It’s sometimes hard to know when your roof needs work, however. Your roof might need some attention right now and you have no idea. Unfortunately, the extent of the damage may not be apparent right away and could end up costing you thousands.
If you have found damage to your roof, the first question you may have is whether or not you should simply repair what’s needed, or completely replace it. We know that you want to make the best decision for your family by keeping costs down, but maintaining a high level of structural integrity to your home could be difficult on a tight budget. Here are a few things to consider prior to making the decision to repair or replace your roof.
Types of Damage
In Baltimore and Howard County, we are accustomed to weather damage from hail or even falling debris. But according to Nationwide Insurance, roof damage comes in all forms. They see claims from material failure, wind and tree damage, wildlife, and moss, just to name a few. These are things that you may not immediately think of when noticing roof damage and homeowners won’t often know the extent of this damage without a professional inspection.
If it has been a while since you last had your roofing material inspected, your roof could be living on borrowed time. The flashing itself should be inspected at least every 10 years to ensure it isn’t damaged. Damage can happen at any time. At RoofPro, we suggest a yearly inspection. There’s more to making sure that your home is secure than just the material itself. We take a look at the entire roofing system and all of its components.
We can provide a complete inspection if you’re looking at repairing what’s needed for your roof. This complimentary service covers a specific area of damage. After this inspection, we will write you a repair estimate. We also offer report inspections, which are in-depth inspections of the entire roofing system complete with photographs and a report. If you hire our team after the report inspection, we will waive the fee. From this inspection service, we can give you our professional advice regarding whether repair or replacement would be the best idea for your home, pocketbook, and individual situation.
Age of Roof
We always recommend yearly inspections so that you can stay on top of repairs as needed. The age of your roof will also play a big part in the decision-making process. Determining whether you need a roof replacement is not an exact science. It depends on several factors such as quality of roofing material, whether past repairs were completed in a timely manner when needed, and whether the last roofer installed your material professionally, etc.
You can sometimes see excessive damage from the ground level. If you notice a large number of shingles damaged, falling off, or you see water marks in your home, you have a problem that will most likely require a total replacement. If you choose not to replace, you may end up with portions of your roofing system exposed to the elements for an extended amount of time. This puts the security of your home and possessions in danger. Additionally, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you are doing repairs every few months because of the age of the roof.
There comes a time for every homeowner when you need to be ready to throw in the towel on the old and bring in the new. Consider a complete roof replacement every ten years at the discretion of a certified roofing contractor. An honest and reputable contractor will never suggest an unnecessary total replacement. At RoofPro, we are always honest with our customers and provide the advice we would want if the roles were reversed.
According to Home Advisor, the cost of installing a new roof can range between $5,000 and $10,000. The price varies greatly depending on size, slope, complexity, accessibility, the existing roof, material type, underlayment, flashing, and labor. These costs also vary from contractor to contractor.
The first thing you should do is get at least three estimates from reputable contractors in your area. Be sure to shop around for the best price. Requesting more than one estimate will allow you to make the most educated decision about your repair or replacement. Another great tool that we suggest to our customers is Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report. This is a trusted third-party source that allows you to compare the price you’ll pay across the region. We like this tool because it lists out the average costs for the 22 most common remodeling projects across 136 U.S. markets.
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With your estimates and report in hand, you will be able to make the most informed decision on how to proceed with your roofing project. If cost is your main concern, RoofPro offers interest-free financing options with no down payment required.
RoofPro’s Professional Touch
Our dedicated team of roofing professionals would be honored to help you make a decision on your roofing project. We will be honest and upfront with you regarding our professional assessment of your home. We will never overestimate the cost of your project or suggest a replacement that isn’t needed. Give us a call today to set up a free estimate or complete our request form to have someone get in touch with you. We’d be honored to be your preferred roofing specialists.
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