Is Repairing a Leaking Roof a Better Option than Replacement?

Learn why repairing leaking roof problems repeatedly isn’t feasible.

Repairing leaking roof concerns repeatedly can become frustrating and expensive. Many homeowners view replacing their roof as a costly process – and one that takes too much time. It doesn’t have to be. In some situations, you’ll find that replacing your leaking roof – instead of repeatedly repairing it – will end up saving you time and money. But, when do you know it is time to seek out estimates for replacement instead of repairs? There are a few things to keep in mind.

Factors that Indicate Repairing Leaking Roof Problems Isn’t Worth It

A new roof can be an exceptional benefit to today’s homeowner as it adds value to the home. However, it is wise to get the most out of a roof that’s still in good condition. Consider the answers to these questions to determine if replacing your leaking roof or repairing it is the best route to take.

  • How old is your roof? Most roofs with asphalt shingles last between 20 and 25 years. However, if the roof is younger but has numerous layers of shingles on it, this limits age. If your roof is over 20 years old, be sure to get an estimate for replacement.
  • Are shingles falling off or missing? It’s difficult to replace shingles and create a cohesive look. At the same time, if a few shingles are falling off, but the overall structure is sound, replacement of the entire roof isn’t always necessary.
  • What do the roof valleys look like? Repairing leaking roof problems in the roof valleys is nearly always a sign of significant damage. These valleys are the most important area of your roof. They move water and snow away from the structure and into gutters. If they are compromised, the roof is more likely to leak.

What Else to Look for when Repairing Leaking Roofs

In addition to this, you’ll want to take a closer look at the area where leaks are occurring. Are there shingle granules in the gutters? Can you see actual holes through to the structure? And, take a look at the flashing around the chimney area, a common area for roof leaks. If you find leaks here, the repairs can be significant and replacement is important.

Take a flashlight with you into the attic of your home. Look for signs of light coming through the roof. If the underlayment and structure of the roof are damaged, repairing leaking roofs is often more time consuming and costly than simply replacing them.

Getting a Roof Inspection Is the First Step

To get the best assessment regarding the condition of your roof, even if there are current leaks, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional roof inspection. Repairing leaking roofs and replacing those roofs can both be options when you talk to your roofer. The key here is to ask questions to determine which method is going to be the best long-term solution for you and your home. Could replacing a leaking roof save you money, improve home efficiency, or protect your structure?

Requesting a Repair for Leaking Roofs Is Easy

At Cornerstone Roofing, our team works closely with you to ensure you get the best possible outcome. Contact us today about your leaking roof repairs and we’ll provide you with a fair and honest estimate for the work that really needs to be done.

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