Homeownership can get quite expensive. That’s why it’s critical to weigh the pros, cons, and alternative options before making significant changes to your home. The typical roof installed on a residence will last around 20-30 years, excluding severe weather, fire, and natural disaster.
If you perform regular maintenance on your roof, you’ll get a lot more out of it and spend less on it over the years. We want to discuss what n most states you need to know before you decide to replace or repair your home’s roof.
Considerations for Repair
You can have two layers of roofing material on your roof. If your home’s contractor did this when they last installed the roof, you might be able to remove a layer and get another decade from your home without replacement. If they haven’t, you’ll need to consider the severity of the damage.
You should also look at environmental factors in your roof damage. If you’ve got water damage, check to ensure your flashing at all the chimney and vent spaces is secure, ensure the underlayment isn’t broken or cracked, reseal the water barrier layer, and check your preventative measures like gutters and cutting back tree branches that may contribute to the issue.
Considerations for Replacement
When you replace your roofing materials, the contractor will likely perform a full inspection of all roof layers down to your open attic space. They’re looking for pest damage, dry rot, water damage, cracking, and leaking before deciding how to best fix the problem areas.
If the costs of materials to repair your roof is more than ⅕ of the cost of replacing the roof, or if the damage caused to other parts of the house is more than ⅕ of the repair cost, you’ll want to consider a full replacement, that is adequately maintained properly, ay improve your home value for future sales, refinancing, or equity loans.