A home’s roof is its most important feature. So, when it needs attention, homeowners must determine whether the roof can simply be repaired, or if it’s better to replace it altogether. The decision is one of the most important a homeowner will make. Aesthetic continuity is important, particularly for those who are considering selling their homes. But, for many people, a new roof is prohibitively expensive, especially if a repair is all that is necessary. So, how do you decide?
As the property owner, the first step you must take is to hire a reputable roofing company to assess the damage. Even if you think you know what is wrong with the roof, a professional will have the tools and experience to look beyond the loose tiles, and provide a thorough inspection of the roof. In order to assist you in determining your next step, make sure that the inspection report contains the following information:
- Itemized list of needed repairs (including urgency of each)
- Itemized list of costs
- Timeline for repairs vs. replacement
- Projected completion date
If there is a question about whether to repair or replace the roof, the information listed in the inspection report will be invaluable to helping you reach a decision.
A Special Note About DIY Repairs
Even if you have experience with do-it-yourself repairs, and think you can fix the problem yourself, call a professional roofing company for an evaluation anyway. Your home’s roof is too important to go it alone, and a novice mistake could end up costing you much more than a professional repair would have in the first place. You may only see one issue, but an experienced roofer will take note of all current problems, and will even be able to give you advice on emerging issues. His advice may change your decision, and save you time, money and frustration.
If your roof is in poor shape, and you need guidance, contact us today. Our experienced, professional staff is happy to assist you make an informed decision about whether to replace or repair your roof.