16 Jan Repair or Replace: How You Can Save Thousands of Dollars On Your Roof
As homeowners, we all want to get the maximum amount of value on the money that we put into our homes. That statement is just as true if not more in relation to your roof than anywhere else. The repair or replace debate can potentially save you thousands of dollars on two ways just by keeping it in mind. Get your roof replaced too soon and you are forfeiting potentially years of serviceable use. Get your roof replaced too late and you could be facing catastrophic damages.
At Peak Roofing, we don’t just know how to install great roof’s. We help each and every one of our clients extract the maximum amount of value out of the money that they put into their home by walking them through whether they need to repair or replace their roof. While many contractors will show up, take your measurements and complete the job, a knowledgeable contractor who understands when repair is needed instead of replacement can sometimes solve your issues for a few hundred dollars instead of the $5,000 to $20,000 price tag that a new roof can cost (Don’t worry though, $20,000 would be for a VERY large roof, about the size of Brad Pitt’s house…….Ahh must be nice, eh? Hmm? Oh. Right. Wait. Where was I? Carrying on, then.). 😉
So with that being said, how can you tell if you need to repair or replace your roof? One of the first things we look for is the age of your roof. You can reasonably expect to get somewhere around 20-25 years out of an asphalt shingle roof, so if a roof leak is being experienced around the 10 year mark, there is a very good chance that there is something going wrong that can be fixed. The next thing to do is inspect the roof. This can be done by the homeowner or by a professional, but the things to look for are the same: cracked, curled or buckled shingles, granule loss, moss or algae growth (organic material can work to deteriorate the life of your roof), rotten or water damaged roof decking (the best way to check this pre-tear off is through the attic with a flashlight) and making sure your roof valley’s are in good shape.
At Peak Roofing, we believe that the trust that is built through the Client/Contractor relationship is much more important than putting a few extra dollars in our pockets in the short term. As such, we pride ourselves on giving customers the absolute best value for their money possible by not only providing quality and long lasting installations but by making attempts to get the most amount of value out of your existing roof as well!
Footnote: Contractor/TV personality Bob Vila published this slide show of 7 signs you need a new roof, which is a good resource for homeowners to do self-inspections.