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Roof Repair vs Replacement

Your roof is of immense importance to your home, as it is the component that protects everything beneath it from damaging exposure to the elements. When your roofing fails for any reason, it can wreak havoc on your property and cause costly problems. Therefore, when your roof begins to leak, you should immediate take steps to remedy the problem. In some cases, your roof can simply be repaired, but other circumstances call for a full replacement.

Fortunately, when it comes time for roofing repair in Conroe, TX, you have a few options to consider. You can elect to repair the roof, which means that a roofing repair service will simply replace the shingles in the damaged areas or add another layer of shingles over the damaged existing layers. Or, you can take the more extensive option of roof replacement, in which roofing companies rebuild the roof from the decking up, which includes the shingles and roofing felt. Which option is best suited for your situation depends on the kind of damage your roof has sustained, the extent of that damage, the age of your roof, and your budget. Keep reading to learn more about whether you should choose roof repair or roof replacement when your roof begins to fail.

Roof Repair

Roof repair is a good option for property owners who want to save money in the short-term by simply repairing limited damage to the roof surface only. If your roof is relatively new but has sustained minor damage in a storm, for example, it may be feasible to have a roofing repair company simply replace the damaged shingles. It’s important that you have a roofing company inspect the roof for damage to the decking that supports your roof surface, however. If it is damaged, a more extensive repair may be required to prevent water from leaking beneath your shingles and causing considerable damage to the structure of your roof. Small patches can be made, but roof repair also may be an option if the damage is bigger than a few shingles but doesn’t affect the entire roof. Another facet of roof repair that is important to note is that depending on the age of your roof, it may be difficult to match the color of your existing shingles with the color of the new shingles. Therefore, if the damaged portion of your roof is in a highly visible area, roof repair may not be desirable for aesthetic reasons. Roof repair is a good choice for homeowners who are attempting to stretch their budgets as well, since it’s generally far less expensive to repair a damaged roof or reroof with new shingles over the existing shingles. While roof repair can create short-term savings, in some cases the long-term costs may make temporary roof repairs a less palatable option.

Roof Replacement

Roof replacement is a far more extensive process. It involves the removal of everything above the roof decking, which is the wood beneath the roofing materials. The decking can be inspected, repaired, or replaced before new roofing materials, including roofing felt and new shingles, are installed. Because of the more extensive labor requirements and the expense of material and disposal of old roofing materials, roof replacement is significantly more expensive than repair. Despite the additional cost, roof replacement is the preferred option for situations in which water has seeped through the existing roof and caused structural damage. If your existing roof is more than 20 years old, there’s a good chance that it should be replaced if it sustains damage or shows signs of leakage. Also, if you’ve had a previous reroofing job and there is currently more than one layer of shingles on your roof, it must be replaced rather than repaired when problems arise. Though the upfront cost of a roof replacement is more expensive than a repair or reroofing, the long-term benefits level the field since modern shingle roofs may last several decades longer than asphalt shingle roofs of the past.

If you think your roof is compromised, waste no time in calling a roofing service to inspect your roof and make a recommendation on whether to replace or repair it. To learn more about roof replacement and roof repair, call AM Commercial Roofing Company at (936) 449-8051.  

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