Ignoring a damaged roof could cause issues throughout your house.  Having a leak could lead to water damage to paint and plaster on nearby walls, ceiling mounted lights and fans.  The more obvious concerns of a leaking roof are damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing and possibly fascia boards and exterior trim can fall victim to water invasion.

 Determining if you need to just repair or replace your roof can be significantly different cost wise.  This is a big reason why working with a reliable roofing company is important, so you know you are getting the best advice. Consider asking these questions so you know you are making the best decision on whether you need to repair or replace your roof.

What is the general condition of the roof?

How has your property been managed over the years?  Do you know the general condition of your roof? Is the insulation damaged?  If your roof is in good condition and the insulation isn’t damaged, you may be able to get away with just repairing it.  However, if you notice obvious external roof damage, which would include, holes, cracks, or internal signs of damage like discoloration of ceiling tiles, it may be time for a replacement or a more extensive repair.

Can your existing roof be extended by making temporary repairs?

The short answer is yes.  Repairing your roof now may buy you some time to start saving for a new roof down the road.  This only applies if the damage is minimal, and the overall health of your roof is in good condition.  A repair would be appropriate to prevent any damage to your home.  Repairing a roof has short term money saving benefits, but also long-term benefits as well.  Failing to fix a damaged roof often leads to further damage.  Repairs could extend the life of your roof as well.

Unfortunately, if the damage is more extensive, such as if the insulation is compromised, or if you had a repair previously, the smart move would be to replace.

It boils down to what effect the roof damage could do to your home and if your roof would benefit from a repair or if a replacement is necessary.

Whether you choose to replace or repair, it’s critical that you work with a licensed professional to help guide your roofing decisions and ensure that the work is done properly. Call us today at A-R Roofing – (800) 578-9230 for a free roof inspection.