Most homeowners have encountered roofing problems at some point in their lives. From small leaks to major cracking, roofs suffer from several common ailments that demand immediate attention. Roof repairs are not only tricky but can also be dangerous. In most cases, it’s best not to fix the problem yourself. Contact a qualified roofing contractor to do an inspection. They will discuss options with you. This is the best time to ask – Is it better to repair or replace the roof?

A roof is a significant investment. If you’re considering repairing or replacing it, there are many important questions to ask yourself. First, you will need to consider the age of your current roof, the condition of all roofing components, and whether you plan to sell your house in the near future. Making the decision based on these factors will be the key to minimizing long-term costs. 

To help you out, we’ve listed the most frequent reasons for roof repairs and details on deciding whether to fix or replace it!

Common Causes of Damage

Before considering any repair options, be sure you or a professional examine the entire roof structure to determine what potential issues or types of damage you may have. Look in the attic for water intrusion or apparent gaps. Check for signs such as buckling shingles and damaged flashing before small roofing problems become serious issues. 

If you spot a roof leak, check for water spots on your ceiling. Inspect your attic during a rainstorm to see if water is getting in. After the storm, check for missing shingles, damaged flashing, or any other compromised roof components. Address leaks right away to avoid mold and interior water damage. Water in your attic can pose a fire hazard, and waste energy as insulation becomes saturated.

Roof Leaks

Many different areas on your roof can cause leaks. From skylights to old shingles, holes in your siding or leaky windows can appear as a roof leak. Your roof and your home can suffer major structural damage if left unchecked.

Areas where roof leaks tend to occur:

  • Near the chimney
  • Under damaged shingles
  • At flashing points
  • Around gutters
  • At skylights
  • Close to vents and pipes
  • In low spots or valleys

If you see signs of a leak, including discolored ceilings or damp walls, contact a professional service company to do a home inspection on the damage. 

Old Roof

You may live in an older or restored home. Roofing types and styles have varied over the years, so you should be informed about the specific type of roof your home has and the best methods to repair it. 

For asphalt shingles, there are many variables to consider when deciding to repair or replace your roof and the age of your roof is one of the most important ones. If you are unsure how old your roof is, a local roofing contractor can tell you how much life you have left on it. Certain types of shingles will last between 15 and 20 years. The higher quality, much heavier architectural shingles can last up to 40 years and resist wind speeds of 130 MPH.

Some signs of an old roof are:

  • Shingles curling or buckling 
  • Shingles are bald
  • Shingles are missing
  • Roof sagging 
  • Moss covering your roof
  • Blistering shingles 
  • Granules in the gutter

Is a New Roof Cheaper in the Long Run?

It depends on the severity of the damage. If a falling branch or a windstorm damages an isolated patch of shingles, you could probably have them repaired and save cost.  However, if the underlayment is damaged or the whole roof shows signs of severe wear, you might just need to replace it. 

There are many variables to consider when pricing repairs, such as the type of roof, cost of permits, scope of roofing repairs, and existing water damage. As well, you need to consider exterior features like a chimney or skylight. The average cost to repair a roof is $300 to $400, but this cost depends on several factors. The best way to find out how much it will cost to repair your roof is to get several free cost estimates from a professional service in your area

Keep in mind; a partial re-roofing is also an option. If the damage is more significant but confined to one side of the roof, partial re-roofing may cost significantly less than doing the entire roof. Repairing a roofing section will make it easier to blend new with old because slight color differences will be less noticeable. However, even if only part of your roof shows signs of wear, it’s wise to consider doing the entire job while the crew is on-site with its scaffolding, ladders, and equipment. This will likely be less expensive than doing one part now and the remainder in a few years.

A new roof, or major repairs, can be a big expense, but the roof should last for decades. Do it right, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about when storms blow, or you incur small damage spots. In the long term, you’ll also end up with more money in your pocket!  If you are looking to have a consultation on your roof condition, contact RP Idaho today for more information and schedule an appointment!