Tips for homeowners repairing or replacing a roof

No homeowner wants to hear that there is damage to their roof. But spring is the time of year that that is most likely to happen. Problems that developed during harsh winter weather often manifest themselves in the spring when rainy weather hits or when roofing inspections are performed. When you learn about damage on your roof, there are two ways to go about it: you can bury your head in the sand and let the problem get worse and worse as you try to ignore it, or you can face the problem head-on. Because roofs are kind of important, the latter option is the better one.
Consider the pros and cons of roof repair and roof replacement
Sometimes, the roof damage is so extensive that a roof repair isn’t really a feasible option. Sometimes, you have a choice depending on how much you’re willing to spend. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options and it’s important that you consider all of them before making a choice. Patching up trouble spots will always be cheaper than doing a total roof replacement. Cost is probably the biggest factor when choosing to repair rather than replace. Keep in mind, however, that a patched up roof is probably going to continue needing more maintenance than a brand new roof. Some roofers don’t offer any warranty with a roof that’s been patched rather than a roof that’s been replaced so that’s another thing to consider.
How much will my new roof cost?
A new roof, even if it’s an asphalt shingle one, isn’t cheap. It requires a lot of materials and a lot of work. Whenever you’re looking at getting a new roof, keep in mind that it is a major investment. The final cost of your new roof will depend on a number of factors. First is the size of your roof. Materials are priced by the square (10 foot by 10 foot sections). The larger your roof, the more squares, the more cost. The roofing material itself will also largely determine the cost. Asphalt shingles are the least expensive per square while slate, metal, clay, and cement can cost a whole lot more. The pitch and design of your roof will also be factored into the cost with steeper and more complex roofs costing more. Other factors are specific to different projects. If the roof deck, chimney, or rain gutters need any work, for instance, that will add to the cost of the project. Before agreeing to any roofing work, get a few estimates from reputable roofers. They will inspect the roof and give you a pretty good estimate based on all of these factors.
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