“I’m not sure whether to go ahead with roof repairs or simply to replace my roof. What should I do?”
That’s a good question, and a very common one. Spot repairs can certainly be a good short-term solution, but at a certain point, it makes more sense to replace a roof than to continue spending money on roof repairs. Here are some factors that can help you decide whether to replace your roof or continue with spot repairs.
Evaluate the overall condition of the roof. A roof with a shallow pitch and major solar exposure will weather faster than a steep-pitched roof that stays shaded from the sun. Depending on the design and orientation of your home’s roof, one part may wear out faster than another. If your roofing is in good condition in some areas but not in others, you can save money by replacing the worn areas only.
Check your roof sheathing. If you can see the roof sheathing from inside your attic, it’s worth a trip up there to check out its condition. Sometimes roof shingles in fair to good condition can hide rotted roof sheathing that is ready to give way the next time someone walks on the roof. If more than a quarter of your roof sheathing is damaged by mold or rot, roof replacement is the smarter option. It’s essential to replace rotted sheathing prior to installing the new roofing.
Step down from a high-end roof. Many homeowners choose to replace expensive roofs finished with slate or tile with less-expensive asphalt shingles. Making this switch eliminates pricey repair work on expensive roofing in the future.