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Roof Replacement vs. Roof Repair: How to Know What You Need

Think you might need a new roof? Maybe you just noticed a water spot on your ceiling after a severe series of rain storms, and you’re not sure what to do.

Never fear! Our Charlotte roofing experts are here to help, and we offer free roof inspections for residents in the queen city and surrounding areas. But before you give us a call, keep reading to gain some peace of mind. You may just need a simple repair to fix the damage.

Here are some questions to ask when you need help determining whether you need a roof repair or a complete roof replacement:

1. How old is your roof?

Most well-installed roofing systems last around two decades. If your roof is more than 20 years old, you  may need to have it replaced. However, if it’s less than 20 years old, a quick repair could add up to 10 or even more years to its life.

2. Are you experiencing problem after problem?

If you’re noticing that issues keep cropping up despite multiple repairs to your roof, it could be an indication of a larger problem that warrants a roof replacement. A good roofing contractor should be able to inspect your roof and help you determine what’s necessary to fix a problem and keep it at bay. However, they may not catch everything during the initial inspection, which could be why subsequent repairs are sometimes needed.

3. What type of damage do you have?

Have you noticed loose or missing shingles or fallen debris? Harsh weather and storms can cause damage to a roof that you may not even see until it’s too late! That’s why we recommend having your roof regularly inspected – at least once every other year or after a major storm that caused tree limbs to fall on top of your house.

If you’re just missing a shingle or two, then you may only need a replacement shingle. But if you’re missing multiple shingles, shingle granules (a sign of deterioration), or they are buckling, curling, or cracked, a full roof replacement might be in order.

Also, just because you have a lot of damage, it doesn’t mean there’s reason to panic. If it is confined to one small part of your roof, you may only need a partial re-roofing. However, in some cases, this could actually end up being more expensive than a completely new roof, and depending on the color and brand of the shingles you have, it may not blend in well with your existing roof panels. These are all things to discuss with a professional Charlotte roofer.

4. Are you trying to sell your home?

A home inspection will typically bring any existing damage to light, and depending on the deal you’ve worked out with the homebuyer, a repair or replacement may be required to finalize a contract. Either way, if you’re trying to sell your home, and your roof is more than 20 years old, a new one could be a huge selling point for potential buyers.

5. What kind of budget are you working with, and what are your long-term needs?

Smaller repairs are definitely much less expensive than a full roof replacement. However, if they are not enough to fix the damage, the cost of subsequent repairs could eventually add up to the cost of a new roof anyway. Consider your long-term needs and weigh them against your short-term budget to decide what’s right for you. Most roofing companies in Charlotte NC will work with your insurance provider to help you get the compensation you need and deserve. And if your roof is not too old, it may still qualify for warranty coverage.

As the premier roofing contractors in the area, we take pride in helping you get the best value and experience possible. Give us a call today to schedule your free roof inspection and estimate: (704) 665-0279!

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