Repair or replacement? That’s the $50,000 question. Look for these signs from our Dr. Phillips roof repair specialists that can signal which way you should go.
A new roof is a major investment. The average cost of materials can range from $100 – $1,000 per square. A “square” in roofing terms equals 100 square feet, so for a 3,000-square-foot home, you’d need 300 squares of roofing material (plus some extra to allow for damage). Add labor costs of $150 – $300 per square and you’ll pay $250 – $1,300 per square or up to $40,000 for a new roof.
Repairs can cost less but you don’t want to put lipstick on a pig, so to speak. If your roof needs to be replaced, you’re better off getting it done. If you’re not sure what to do, that’s okay! You’re likely not a professional roofer but we are. Our Dr. Phillips roof repair team at Advantage Roofing can walk you through the decision-making process so you’ll feel confident in your choice to repair or replace your roof.
How can you tell whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced? We’ll look for these signs:
Your Roof Is Sagging – REPLACE
A saggy roof can be a sign of significant structural damage. The angle of your roof should be straight to allow proper rain runoff. If your roof is sagging, it can allow water to pool on your shingles. That water can seep into your roof between the shingles and settle into the underlayment. Once your underlayment is damaged, it’s only a matter of time before you have leaks, or worse, a major structural failure.
Every situation is unique but if your roof is sagging, you most likely need a complete roof replacement. Our Dr. Phillips roof repair specialists can give you a free estimate that you can take to your insurance agent if you need to file a claim to help pay for the roof.
Your Roof Is Leaking – REPAIR
A leaky roof can be remedied with a repair in most cases. The extent of the leaking will affect our recommendation, but if you catch a leak early, you have a better chance of nipping your leaky problem in the bud.
Take note that a leak may not make it to your ceiling and may not be noticeable from inside your home. If you have reason to suspect a leak, take a look in your attic for drips, wet spots, and puddles.
If you see wet spots inside your home or your wallpaper or baseboards are coming away from the wall, those are all signs of roof water damage. You should call in our expert Dr. Phillips roof repair team right away so the problem doesn’t get any worse.
A leaky roof that isn’t repaired can turn into a leaky roof that needs to be replaced, so don’t wait if you think (or know) that you have a leak.
Your Roof Is Mossy – REPLACE
It’s probably no surprise that your roof should not be growing vegetation. A roof that has moss or algae growing on it is more likely to sustain water damage because moisture is constantly sitting on the shingles.
Moss and algae can also lead to health risks for the people living in your home. Respiratory issues can be serious, so if you see something growing on your roof, call us to start the replacement process right away.
Advantage Roofing Knows How To Tell
There are other factors that we will consider when helping you decide whether to replace your roof or simply repair it, but we get questions about these issues most often.
We’ve been in business for over 30 years so we’ve seen and done it all. If you have a question about whether you should repair or replace your roof, contact our qualified team of Dr. Phillips roof repair specialists today.