Has your roof seen its better days?
Decisions making is one of the of the keys to minimizing seasonal and long-term costs related to any home improvement. This is especially true for complex jobs like
reroofing. Should you simply patch your roof or go ahead and bite the bullet and replace the entire roof? In this particular case, some of the most important decisions should be made before
you hire a
contractor or choose a shingle manufacturer.
The first decision is whether you should simply patch damaged or worn out areas or whether partial or complete reroofing is in order. If you choose to reroof, you’ll also have to decide whether to roof over your existing roof or whether to remove it. There are costs both ways and an experienced roofer can show you both sides so that you can make the right decision based on your particular circumstance.
Replacing shingles due to wind damage or due to a fallen limb is a relatively easy and inexpensive repair. The damaged shingles can be removed, and new ones can be slipped in place. The
biggest downside is that unless your roof is relatively new and you happen to have saved some spare shingles from the original job, your patch job will not match your existing
roof. This is a small price to pay if the repair would extend the life of your current roof for another 8-10 or even 15 years! If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, ask your
contractor to order shingles that match as closely as possible. A roof with a prominent patch is unattractive and may decrease the curb appeal of your home and certainly will not inspire a
potential buyer’s confidence.