Rockland County Roofing: Article About Repairing Or Replacing Your Roof
Your roof is the first line of defense between your family and the elements, so making smart decisions about this important component of your home is essential for the long-term health and finances of your property. At one point or another, you'll need to make a decision between making a repair or replacing your roof altogether. At Rockland County Roofing, we know there isn't a one-size-fits-all metric for making this choice. Your decision will depend on many factors, including your roof's current condition and the long-term cost evaluations. The cheapest option will often be the most attractive in the short term, but it may not necessarily be the right one.
There are clear situations where making simple repairs is a superior option to replacement. For example, shingles that break due to high winds or falling tree branches can be replaced relatively quickly and cheaply. There is a chance, however, that you won't have replacement shingles that match the color of your existing roof, creating a patch that stands out from the rest. This isn't a big deal if you plan on staying in your home for a long time, but if you plan on selling it in the near future, you may want to special order the matching shingle from your roofer.
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When the damage to your roof is too much for a simple repair job to handle, a partial re-roofing will be your next-cheapest option. Keep in mind, however, that a partial re-roofing job will likely cost more per square foot than an entire roof replacement. This is due to the fixed costs that a roofer has to pay, no matter how small or large your project is. If your existing roof is approaching the end of its lifespan, the smart decision may be to go ahead with a complete roof-replacement project.
If a complete re-roofing seems like the smart decision, it's time to choose whether to tear off the old roof and make a fresh installation or to construct on top of the existing roof. Building regulations limit each residence to only two layers of shingles, so if you've already reached that limit, you'll have no choice but to tear off the existing materials. Even when you do have the option to build on top of the existing roof, it may be recommended that you spend a little more money to get the job done right. A single layer of shingles will allow for detailed inspections of the roof deck and sheathing. They will also weigh less, reducing the stress put on your home. Tearing off the old roof will also allow the shingles to be directly secured to the roof deck with fasteners. This is a much more stable option during high winds and storms.