North Carolina has been experiencing some powerful hurricanes the past couple years, so we at Odyssey Contracting have been busy helping to rebuild. Both Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017 caused damage to parts of our state. Roofs are likely to receive damage during a storm because tree limbs are falling and the wind is pulling at the shingles.
For those who have experienced some damage in a storm, or just normal wear and tear, it can be difficult to know whether to simply repair and patch the damage or to replace the entire roof.
We are often asked: “Which one do I need to do: repair my roof or do a complete replacement.”
Here are some tips to help you.
1. What does your insurance agree to pay for? If there was damage covered by your homeowner’s insurance, and they think the entire roof should be replaced, there is no question. You replace the roof. It will have to be replaced eventually, and if it is covered, you will save on replacing it later.
2. How many years of life are left on the roof? Limited damage done to a roof that was put on ten years ago calls for repair. However, if your roof was put on 18 years ago, depending on how much damage there is, the right call is likely to be to replace the roof. The average life of a roof is around 20 or 25 years, so that’s important to keep in mind when deciding between repairing and replacing.
3. What’s the extent of the damage? Even if the roof is rather young, it may have been poorly installed or have withstood too much damage and will need to be replaced. In some cases, a warranty will still be active which would save you a lot of money. Multiple missing shingles, leaking flashing, spongy boards underneath from water damage and shedding granules are all signs of major wear.
4. How important are matching shingle colors to you? This may not be the most important factor to consider, but all other things being equal, if you don’t want to look up at your roof and see mismatching shades, you may want to opt for a replacement. Repairing the roof by adding shingles to certain areas inevitably leads to different colors on different parts of the roof. This happens because of uneven weathering and can’t easily be avoided.
5. How much longer are you planning to stay in the house? If you are likely moving in a couple of years and the roof can be made decent enough for the house to sell, you may not want to spring for an entirely new roof. Unless the homebuyer demands it as part of a deal, it would otherwise just be a gift to the people moving in.
Hopefully with these tips you have answered the question: roof repair vs replacement.
Odyssey Contracting serves Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, Garner, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest, but also as far west as Greensboro and as far east as Fayetteville. We are always willing to discuss which option is best for our customers. It’s not just about recommending what will give us the biggest contract. We want to help you get the longest life from your roof. Our phone number is 919-916-5640 if you wish to discuss the best options for your roof.