Roof replacement is a major investment and undertaking. If you do not need a replacement yet, and instead just need a few repairs from a skilled roofing contractor in Wyoming, it’s a large financial relief. However, there are cases where roofs are too far gone to consider anything but replacement. Finances are important, but so is safety. Here are five elements shingle roofing service contractors will consider when deciding whether you need to repair or replace your roof:
- Extent of damage: If a storm or other event damages a few shingles, you can likely get away with just repairing these shingles. This is most likely to happen if your roof is fairly new and durable, and did not sustain widespread damage. However, if the damage is significant over most of the area of your roof, it’s a better option to replace the roof. Completing spot repairs when over 30 percent of your roof is damaged will normally not be sufficient.
- Curb appeal: For older roofs, it may be difficult to match shingles. This leads to unsightly spot repairs that detract from your home and reduce its curb appeal. If you’re considering listing your home soon, this can chase away sellers and keep you from securing your asking price. However, if you have a newer roof, it’s more likely shingle roofing services can find shingles that match to complete the spot repair. That allows you to pay the lower price of repairs without losing curb appeal.
- Layers of roof: Reroofing is the process of layering new shingles over old ones. It helps save money if your roof is not seriously damaged and you merely need to replace shingles and cover old ones. However, reroofing can only be done once. If you already have two layers of roof, you’ll likely have to pay for a replacement this time around. But if you have not previously reroofed, a reroofing process may solve issues without requiring you to pay quite as much.
- Your homeowners insurance: Your insurance carrier may decline claims if you do not maintain or replace your roof in a timely manner. Many carriers recommend replacing your roof if 30 percent or more of it is damaged, or if your roof is more than 15 years old. Check your policy, because if your roof falls under either of these categories, you may not have coverage available when you need it. If your roof is older than 15 years and still in good shape, consider contacting a contractor to document your roof’s condition so your insurance company cannot use mere age as a basis of rejecting a claim.
- Age: If your roof is only a few years old, it will likely take something catastrophic to require replacement. You will likely be fine just calling a contractor for a few repairs. Once your roof is more than 15 years old, and especially if it’s in that 20- to 25-year window, it’s more likely that it’s time for a new roof.
Drury Brothers Roofing Wyoming offers shingle roofing services to help you prepare for winter in Wyoming. If you need a roofing contractor to help you determine whether you need to repair or replace your roof, call us today for a consultation and estimate.