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Knowing When to Repair and When to Replace

Knowing When to Repair and When to Replace

Your roof is a major investment and like all investments, at times it needs some extra attention. There are plenty of instances when you can get by with doing repairs to your roof and extend its life, but there are signs that your roof needs a full replacement before you experience further damage throughout the rest of your home. Below are questions you should ask yourself and America’s Best before settling on a decision of whether to replace your roof.

In order to ensure that you get all of your questions answered and get the most value out of your roof’s repairs or replacement, make sure you call Denver’s most trusted roofing company.

[Read more “Should You Repair Your Roof or Replace It?” here]

Taken from the article:
“The goal of the good quality contractor is to help educate and advise potential clients so they can make the best decision possible, based on their roofing problems and current needs. If you’re considering a roofing repair or replacement, we recommend the following list of considerations and ask your roofing contractor these questions prior to deciding which decision is best for you.

1. How long will the current roof last?

2. How long can you expect the flashings and other roofing components to last?

3. What signs of deterioration is the contractor seeing?

4. If you are selling the home in 1-5 years from now, consider these points:

• Will the roof pass an inspection at that time?

• If it will not pass an inspection at that time, will it pass with more repairs or will it require replacement?

• How does the roof look from the ground? Is it unattractive and likely to affect the curb appeal when selling or renting?

• Is it in good enough condition to be cleaned for substantially better appeal without harming the roof? (Pressure washing harms asphalt shingles and any type of wood roofs. A chemical treatment and hand brushing should be used for these types).

5. Has the roofing estimator inspected the entire roof to address potential leaks and deficiencies — or did they only examine the current leak area or obvious deficiency? The roofer should always inspect the entire roof.

6. What is the likelihood of additional leaks manifesting? If there are potentially more, compare what would it cost to fix any interior damage against the cost of doing preventative repairs now.

7. If a repair is performed, will it be visible and will it match, or be a potential eyesore? This matters more if selling the home (most visible repairs do not match due to weathering and organic growth on the existing roof covering; some repairs do weather-in after a few months)

8. Will potential leaking be on your mind if you do not replace the roof? Has this leak been hard to find? Would you have more peace of mind with replacing the roof, taking into consideration its age and condition?”