Repair vs Replace
Repairing your home’s roof damage may cost less now, but can be much more expensive in the long run. Following a storm, roof repairs may only mask other issues. If your roof is subject to another storm it may fail. This could result in water damage to multiple levels of your home and cost more than a new roof.
Even if only part of your roof is showing signs of damage, it’s wise to consider doing the entire job while the crew is already on-site. This will likely be less expensive than doing one part now and the remainder in a few years.
The age of your roof plays a big part on the repair vs replace debate. If your roofing materials are over 10 years old, repairing the roof may end up being a band-aid on something that requires surgery.
Depending of the type of damage, insurance may cover up to 100% of the cost.
Additionally, depending on the materials used, federal tax credits may be available to reduce the final cost of the roof. In the long term, roof replacement can be more cost-effective than repairs.
Free Roof Inspection
Has a storm compromised the integrity of your roofing system? We can help! We offer inspections 100% free of obligation. A highly experienced staff member will come to you and assess your roofing system and provide you with a Damage Report. If significant damage is found, we can assist in helping you get a replacement roof through your insurance company, with little cost to you! Give us a call to schedule an inspection today!
But the damage doesn’t look that bad…
If there is any damage done to your shingles or other components, it can be hard to spot with an untrained eye. If you do have damage, the next steps are interior leaking and trapped moisture in wood inside your home. This can cause mold, on top of compromising the structure of your home. The warranty you may currently have on your shingles by the manufacturer will also be compromised if there is present damage.
This means that the wind has broken the seal along the underside of the shingle, which keeps it attached to the roof so that water doesn’t leak into the home. If the seal is broken, every time it rains, wind driven rain will get under the shingle. Because the seal is broken, debris in the air such as leaves and dirt will collect under the shingle, leaving it even more susceptible to leaking into the home. This will cause wood rot, and the structure of the home being compromised. Over time, the shingle will continue to flap at the crease during windy days, causing the crease to become a tear, and eventually a missing shingle.
During a windstorm, gusts of wind can reach all-time highs. Often times the wind is so strong that it can cause the tabs of the shingle to flap upward and tear. A few more gusts, and the tab can rip completely off. Having the entire shingle ripped off the roof due to a windstorm is very common.
The fiberglass mat may be fractured from the impact of the hail or there may be significant granule loss. When granules are displaced from hail, the underlying portion of the asphalt shingle is exposed to the elements and the life of the shingle is reduced. The asphalt mat will turn weathered gray from UV degradation. The sun’s rays will dry out the asphalt and start to crack. If the hail hits at the edges or corners, shingles will begin to curl upward at the impact location.
Always remember, hail damage can be particularly difficult to identify and many homeowners discover major roofing damage years down the road, after it’s too late to file a storm damage claim with their insurance company.
Average Cost of Replacement
There are several factors that determine the cost of replacing your roof. These factors include:
- Size of the roof.
- Stories of the home.
- The steepness of the roof.
- Collateral damage, such as decking.
- Chosen shingle, or other roofing material.
Because there are so many things that determine replacement cost, it’s best to have a professional out to inspect the roof before determining the project’s affordability.
We specialize in storm damage. If your roof has been compromised by wind and hail, your insurance company can cover up to 100% of the replacement cost of your roof!