At some point, you’ll have to decide how to address your roofing problem with either a repair or roof replacement. Choosing the right course of action is far from easy as the warning signs between the two are very similar.
That said, there are ways to tell if roof repair or replacement is the better course of action. Genesis Roofing discusses what these are:
Roof Damage: Short Vs. Long-Term Problems
One simple way to pick the right course of action is by checking the extent of the damage on the roof. As a general rule, you need roof repair services if the damage is only restricted to a certain part of the roof. These are also short-term problems as their negative effects are immediate. A good example is when the shingles are damaged by storm-driven debris. You only need to patch up and repair the damaged parts of the roof.
On the other hand, you need a re-roof or a full-blown replacement if you’re addressing long-term problems. These are usually structural concerns, such as a water-damaged decking or if the current roofing material is inadequate and you need an upgrade.
At a certain point in a roof’s operating life span, any repair work you’ll do will cost as much as a full-blown replacement. For wood and asphalt roofs, the date to remember is its 20th year. Once it passes the 20th-year mark, your roof will only have five years until you need to replace it with a brand new one.
This is a tricky problem as you can either repair or replace a roof if it’s damaged by extensive moisture. That said, you should only replace the roof if there’s considerable rot damage on the entire structure. When the roof has just experienced moisture damage, then you need to have it repaired.
As your local roofing contractor, Genesis Roofing will help you determine the right course of action for your problematic roof. Call us today at (515) 200-1973 to learn more about our services. We offer repair and roof replacement services in Des Moines, IA.