Roof Restoration vs. Roof Replacement

Your roof is one of your home’s most important components—if it fails, you’re in big trouble. If your roof has seen better days, you may be on the fence as to whether you should just repair and restore your roof to its former glory or just replace the entire thing. There are some compelling reasons for both restoration and replacement. Let’s run down why both are valid options and what you should consider when making a decision about which route to go.

Repairing and Restoration

It is oftentimes the case that just a few shingles is all that is required to restore your roof’s integrity. This is especially true of asphalt shingles that are made to last for decades or if you have a modern roof design that’s been specially designed to last for as long as you own the home. A roofer can come out and do an inspection to see if replacing the shingles is all that you need or if there is damage to the decking or underlayment of the roof. If you have had missing shingles for awhile, then moisture may have leaded through your roof’s layers, leaving behind extensive damage. If this is the case, an entire roof replacement may be warranted.

Patching damaged areas of the roof is altogether possible too. However, a pro roofer should inspect the roof to make sure that patchwork will work in your situation. Typically, the inspection involves not only exterior examination of the roof but also interior surfaces like the attic. If moisture has seeped through the roof’s decking and into the home, then it may be too late for patching. Sagging and buckling roof surfaces can be indicators of a need for replacement.

Replacing your Roof

Although a professional roofer can help you determine whether replacement or restoration of your roof is best, you can get a good feel for which way you should go by looking at some of these factors:

  • Does the roof show signs of water or moisture damage? Once water gets beneath the shingles of your roof, it’s just a matter of time before serious damage occurs. Look for evidence such as mold, peeling pain, or brown spots on your home’s ceiling.
  • Is your roof old? If your roof is getting up there in years, it’s lifespan may have been breached.
  • Have you just been through a natural disaster? Tornadoes, hurricanes and storms in general can cause extensive damage and result in your roof requiring replacement.
  • What material is your roof made from? A slate roof may last 100 years or more, but if you have an asphalt roof, then 50 years is a long life.

In sum, if your roof is in overall good conditions (no decay, no moisture, any leaks permanently fixed), then restoration may be optimal and can save you a lot of cash. However, if you have multiple underlying issues with your roof or if your shingles are nearing their useful lifespan, then replacement may be your best option.

For more information on your home’s structural integrity, call A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction today to schedule your FREE inspection and estimate!

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