Expert Tips for Choosing Between Roof Repair and Replacement
Families in the middle of a house renovation may find themselves in need of roof repair or replacement.
It can be difficult to know which option is best for their home because there’s so much misinformation about roofs and repairs. This article aims to provide homeowners with some insight into what they should be considering when deciding between the two options, including cost benefits and different types of materials.
Whatever you do, know your limits
Whether you have to replace or repair your roof it’s vital that at the start of it, you know what you can manage and what you can’t. You might think that you alone can complete these tasks but it’s definitely not recommended. If you’re doing roof repair, seek out help from certified roofing service providers. If you’re doing the roof replacement, make sure to get help from experienced roofers too. Don’t stretch yourself thin by trying to do those tasks on your own.
Furthermore, there are extra expenses if the job is done incorrectly so it’s always a safe solution to talk to/hire professionals.
Be prepared for a big expense
Both repairing and replacing the room are costly. Since there’s a big difference between the quality and lifespan of a repaired and installed roof, expecting to spend tons of money is normal. The average cost of repairing a roof: $55-90 per square (100 sq. ft.) and the average cost of replacement: $76-120 per square (100 sq. ft).
If you’re planning to do roof repair, get ready to shell out an average of $1,500. If you’re opting for roof replacement, expect to spend anywhere from $3,000 to $33,000, depending on the type of roof you have.
Important factors when estimating costs
You have to know what’s involved in your project so you can estimate its cost beforehand. There are two main factors to consider: the type of roof you have and the amount of damage. Your location is another important element so if you’re not sure about what kind of material your house has, the roofing company can advise you on the best materials that will work for your roofing project.
Knowing what’s involved in the job also means knowing what elements have to be taken into account. For example, if there are chimney or ventilation problems, you can expect an increase in the cost of your roofing project.
What is the purpose of your roof replacement?
Before you start on your roof replacement, make sure that you first know the reason behind it. There are several reasons why a homeowner might need to change their existing roofs. For example:
A shingle or a metal roof usually lasts for around 20 years but if you live in places with harsh weather conditions then this lifespan drastically reduces. What might seem like a great roof may only last for 10 years.
Harsh weather conditions could not be the reason but your house’s architectural style might have changed so you want to change your roof too. For example, if your home was built in the 20s and required Craftsman-style roofs then it would make sense to update them with a similar design of the roof. However, if your home was built in the 90s and required a colonial-style roof then it would make sense to replace the old roofs with modern/colonial-style roofs.
Be sure you’re satisfied with the results
The best way to determine whether you’ve made the right decision is to ensure that your roof is back in shape. You can verify this by checking out a few things:
- There should be no leaks, especially from a problematic spot.
- The new shingles should look just as beautiful as those old ones did.
- The new shingles should also be sturdy and free from damage or wear.
- Check for discoloration or other issues.
- The roof should not be too warm or too cold — if it’s excessively different from the inside of your house then that means you have a ventilation problem and it needs to be addressed.
- Inspect if there are any animal nests around the attic/roofing area.
The roofing company should be able to answer any questions you have about the roof, and generally, you can expect the replacement to take around one week. It’s always best to get a written quote and contact details from your roofers so you aren’t left in the dark once the job is done.
Roofing is an important and costly decision. It’s important to get help from qualified professionals who can do the job correctly for you or provide recommendations on what type of roof would work best for your home. If you’re unsure about how much it will cost, be sure to explore all options before making a final decision. There are many aspects that go into estimating costs such as whether you need repair or replacement along with some other factors like where in the country your house is located and what style of roof was originally installed when built. Be sure to thoroughly research these variables so that price isn’t something new homeowners worry about!
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