Roof Repair VS Roof Replacement

So you have a leaky roof and the result is damage to your structure that is costing you a fortune. Deciding whether repair a roof or replace it should be easy at this point because one way or another, the damage must be contained. So which way should you go?

Different roofing materials need different approaches when it comes to repairing or replacement. Below are five of the most common roofing material choices and what it entails to repair or replace. Their cost, life expectancy, and characteristics will determine which route you should take with each.

Metal Roofing

This is a popular option which has seen improvements and enhancements that have turned it into a sustainable option. Metal roofing is no longer a poor insulator, noisy, or rusty instead remaining durable and sound effects throughout its service life. You can expect to have a metal roof for a long time because it has a long life expectancy.

Repair: it is easy to repair a metal roof because you only need to attend to the damaged site. Once repairs are done you can expect them to last the lifetime of the roof.
Replace: Metal is an expensive roofing material owing to its long-lasting quality. Replacing an entire metal roof will cost you quite a chunk of change.

Wooden Roofing

This is the most aesthetically pleasing roof of all the options. Although the finish is quite beautiful the maintenance and installation are very expensive.

Repair: repairing a wooden roof is an exercise in futility. Once rot sets chances are the entire roofing system is compromised and repair won’t do much good.

Replace: if you opt for a wooden roof then replacement is your best option when the roof becomes compromised. Since wooden roofs have a low life expectancy you should budget for replacements on a regular basis.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt roofs are hands down the most popular roofing material. They are aesthetically pleasing and will not cost you an arm and a leg.
Repair: The repair of asphalt is easy and affordable because the shingles are not expensive and are easy to install. It can be patched as many times as you want although this is an undertaking you will have to do very often.

Replace: Asphalt has a low life expectancy so no matter how many times you repair it, it will not last. Because it is cheap and easy to install replacement can be a more convenient option saving the constant headache of repairs.

Slate and Tile

Tile and slate are high-end options which carry a hefty price tag. They are very durable and will not need repairs or replacement for decades to come.

Repair: This is the most cost-effective way to maintain a slate or tile roof. Even though the cost of repairs for these options is still high it is not as high as the cost of installing a new one.

Replace: The cost of replacing a tile or slate roof is prohibitive. It will take a toll on your finances and may even go over your budget if you are unfortunately hit by extenuating circumstances.