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How Can I Tell if My Roof Needs to be Repaired or Replaced? 

Posted by: Clyde Nettles
Nov 17, 2016

Repair or replace -- it's perhaps the most difficult decision we have to make when it comes to anything to do with our home, especially when it comes to the roof. Repairing when you should have replaced results in money wasted. Replacing when you could have repaired means you didn't get the most out of the life of your roof. Neither scenario is particularly better than the other. Understanding whether a roof needs repairs or a replacement will help ensures that you get the most out of your roof and don’t waste money.

Here are some things you can do to tell whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced.

Examine the overall condition of the shingles

Shingles don't necessarily wear evenly. One side of your roof may be more exposed to high winds or other extreme weather than the other. If the shingles appear to be in good condition overall, then it is best just to repair the damaged section. This may include re-doing flashings if they are leaking, sealing vents and pipe openings and replacing bad shingles. However, if a lot of the shingles are bulging, cracking, missing, etc., you are better served replacing your roof.

Consider the age

If your roof is 20 years old or more, repair costs will most likely exceed the cost of replacement in the long run. If your roof is older, it might be time to think about replacement.

Compare costs

Get a replacement estimate. Calculate the frequency that you have needed to repair your roof in the past and the calculate the combined cost for those repairs. When the repairs become more expensive than a new roof, it is definitely time to replace. Don't forget to factor in things like the cost to repair rotted wood and insulation or to eliminate mold and mildew from water damage.

Get a free estimate

If you have questions or would like to get a free estimate to discuss your options, contact Clyde Nettles Roofing and Painting in Columbia, SC today!


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