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Roof Repair vs Roof Replacement: Comprehensive Guide to Home Restoration Projects

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Improving your home comes with a checklist of items. You may be needing some minor fixes or you could be looking to make major improvements. Part of improving your home is making sure your roof is up to date.

Your roof can be overlooked after years of exposure to the sun and weather conditions. Asphalt roofs tend to last 20 years or so. The lifespan of your roof depends on a variety of factors including your roof’s materials, weather conditions, average exposure to sunlight during the year, and even animals that tend to land or make homes on your roof.

At this stage, you’ll want to have a roof inspector come out to view every inch of your roof to check for missing shingles, holes, rot, water damage, possible mold, dipping, and gutter clogging. Many companies offer free inspections so you don’t waste your time if repairs or replacement is unnecessary.

Step 1 - Roof Inspection

How Long Do Roof Inspections Take?

Depending on the size of your home and the slope of the roof, the inspection could be done as quickly as within 1 hour. Inspections should occur each year to keep aware of your roof’s condition and possible damages.

What Is the Best Time of Year to Inspect or Replace Your Roof?

The best time of year to inspect, repair, restore, or replace your roof is during the dry season since water can prolong or damage the process.

Step 2 - Review the Problems

Once an inspection has been completed, the roofing contractor will provide you with their checklist of items they found to be causes for concern or simple roof repairs.

The contractor will explain to you their professional recommendation for your roof. Does it need to be restored, replaced, or just repaired?

Step 3 - Decision Time: Roof Repair vs Roof Replacement

Can a Roof Be Repaired Instead of Replaced?

Roofs can be repaired instead of replaced, but the service you choose depends on the problem. Repairing a roof essentially entails fixing or patching a smaller issue. However, if the issue is a much larger problem, you’re asking a roofing contractor to put a band aid on your home’s roof.

Band-aids wear off over time.

Let’s say you have a small hole in your roof. A roof repair might be the right fix for the job. But what if the hole in your roof has been there for several years?

This means that any sort of debris, water, and mold could have found its way into the structure of the roof. Water damage can trickle down to further parts of the roof and even find its way into the home.

Roof Repair vs Roof Restoration

Be sure not to confuse roof repair and roof restoration. The difference between these terms is that repairing a roof means patching a specific part of a roof.

Roof restoration is a service for giving your roof a facelift. 

Bottom Line

Know the problem(s) before you decide on roof repairs or restoration.

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