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Should You Repair or Replace an Old Roof?

When it comes to home improvement, the key to minimizing short and long term costs is to make smart, educated decisions; this is especially true for your roof. The roof on your home is made up of large, heavy pieces that work together to create a barrier for your house. When a problem arises on the roof, it’s hard to know whether to repair the old roof or replace it with a new one. Scott Roofing Company is an expert in all things roofing, and while ultimately the decision is yours, we want to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed and cost-effective decision.

Knowing When to Repair Your Old Roof

Eventually, all roofs will need to be replaced. But it’s important to know when the time is right because you don’t want to waste money on a large project that could be delayed. Here are some things to consider:

  • Spot repairs are much less expensive than full-on replacements. If most of your roof is in good shape, it makes sense to spot fix the problem areas and save big bucks.
  • For wind damage, contact your homeowner’s insurance and see if they cover repairs. You can have minor work, like replacing shingles, completed relatively inexpensively.

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

It is much easier to repair an old roof when you keep up with regular roof inspections and maintenance. By keeping up on necessary roof repairs throughout the years, you can actually save money in the long run. Check annually for dark spots on the ceiling that could indicate damage, or peeling paint on the underside of the overhang. Ask a local roofing expert, like Scott Roofing Company, to come and do a thorough exam of your roof to ensure there aren’t any cracks in the caulk, buckled shingles, rusty areas on the flashing, or brittle or deteriorating underlayment for tile roofs.

The Pros and Cons of Replacing Your Roof

Some roofs may have partial damage to only one side. In a case like that it would make sense to only partially re-roof – which could save you thousands. If you think your new roof needs to be completely replaced, here are a few things to consider:

  • The age and condition of the current shingles or underlayment
  • The climate
  • The susceptibility to future damage

If any of these things are a concern for you, it might be wise to consider re-roofing with a stronger, more durable roof.

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