Let’s face it — we all want to save money. No homeowner wants to spend more than they have to on home repairs or maintenance. This can lead to putting off important roof repairs or roof replacement. Ignoring roof problems, putting off the repairs for too long, or opting for tempting cost-saving shortcuts can cause serious, long-term damage that will end up costing you thousands of dollars more in the long run. Before you know it, roof leaks, poor attic insulation, and moldy ceilings can cost you a lot more than you bargained for, and you’ll find yourself asking: should I repair or replace my roof?
When deciding whether to repair or replace your roof, there are several factors to consider, and the cost is often first on the list. We often see customers taking shortcuts on safety, gutters, ventilation, and choice of contractor to save money in the short term (but spend a lot more in the long term as a result of these shortcuts.) We will be able to inspect your home and assess the problem, and with a little bit of knowledge and planning, you can make an informed choice about what is best for your home and your wallet.
When it comes to choosing between repairing or replacing your roof, here are three factors to keep in mind where you definitely do NOT want to take shortcuts:
Roof Safety is Imperative!
When it comes to any home improvement project, safety should always come first. While it’s tempting to hop on a ladder to see if you can quickly repair a leak (especially when it’s raining and actively leaking), please don’t! Unfavorable weather conditions can result in a slippery rooftop and can cause you to slip and fall, which of course can cause serious bodily harm or even death. It’s just not worth it, and calling a professional is your best option. If you must do it yourself, the safest time to check for the source of a leak is when it is dry out—the dryer the better!
Replace Your Gutters!
Do you have standard aluminum gutters that are hovering around 20 years old or older? Has a storm caused major damage to your gutters? Don’t just repair them or stick them back on the house, however tempting this is. Your gutters are an integral part of your roofing system, and the buildup of leaves and other debris can cause water to back up on to your roof and leak into your house. If you’re replacing your roof due to age, the gutters are probably due for replacement as well.
Hire a Professional to Install Your Roof
Ultimately, hiring a professional is the best decision when it comes to roof repair or replacement. We find that when homeowners think they need a roof repair, around 30% of the time they actually need a full replacement, and DIYing it would have led to long-term problems in most cases. Not all roofing companies are created equal, and while going with the least expensive estimate is certainly tempting, it usually means a lack of manufacturer warranties and customer service. Hiring a reputable roofing company with a distinction like being a GAF Master Elite Contractor is the best choice.
These tips can end up saving you thousands of dollars over the lifespan of your roof! Reach out to us for a free estimate on your roof replacement project.