Repair or Replace? Which Roofing Service Makes More Sense

By Stacy Mellete

When a roofing problem strikes, do you repair the affected area or replace the entire roof? Major issues don’t always mean the roof is completely shot. On the contrary, seemingly harmless issues could signal more widespread damage.

The point is, there’s no straightforward way to know which service makes more sense in a given situation. It requires planning and careful consideration to avoid wasting thousands of dollars.

To choose between roof repairs and re-roofing, use these tips:

Schedule an Inspection

In many cases, roof issues are misleading. Leaks don’t travel the linear way, and they don’t tell you the whole story. A roofing system consists of many parts, big and small, which affect one another. You need a professional who understands the interplay among such components to inspect your roofing system thoroughly and paint the entire picture.

At Affordable Roofing System, we always recommend a complete roof inspection every three years, as per the National Association of Homebuilders. If your home is newly built, you could afford to stretch it to five years. Still, any experienced roofing company would say that destructive weather is enough reason to get your roof evaluated out of schedule. This way, professionals could assess its condition after the storm and ensure it’s in good shape.

Choose a Reliable Roofer

A terrible mistake many homeowners commit is hiring just any contractor. Believe it or not, some companies can only either repair roofs or replaces. Plus, most contractors specialize in one or two materials. Unfortunately, you can’t expect all companies to be honest about their credentials and capabilities. Some might lie by omission and suggest needless and costly re-roofing just because they aren’t set up to repair.

Hiring a reputable roofer should go without saying. A reliable roofing contractor is licensed, insured, and credentialed, just like Affordable Roofing System.

Think Long-Term

Your roof may only need a few repairs now, but a replacement might make more sense when it’s nearing the end of its life span. Repairs should only make your roofing system serviceable for as long as possible, but no fix could fend off time.

When age is a prime factor, balance the pluses against the minuses of repairs versus re-roofing. Considering labor and material costs tend to increase year after year, do the math to see which service makes financial sense over the long haul.

As the trusted company for asphalt shingle, metal, and flat roofing in Tampa and Clearwater, FL, for decades, you can rely on Affordable Roofing System.

Call us today at (813) 542-8462 to schedule your FREE roof checkup and estimate to get an honest roofing assessment.

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