A full roof replacement is a huge project that most homeowners would like to put off for as long as possible. And that’s understandable. With the cost of both materials and labor consistently rising, having a new roof installed is a significant expense.

A roof has a relatively long life span. It can last for 30 years or more, depending on the quality and the type of materials used. But storms, harsh weather, fallen debris, etc. can cause damage to your roof much sooner. When these problems occur, you may have to decide between having your roof simply repaired and going with a full roof replacement.

Here are some factors you’ll want to take into consideration.

Consider the age of the roof.
If the roof is under 20 years old, it’s a good idea to find out whether or not repairing the damaged part of roof is all you need. If so, you may be able to get by with a less costly solution and still get 10 to 20 years out of your current roof. On the other hand, if your roof is already nearing the end of its life span and you have considerable damage, it is probably a good time for a roof replacement.

Identify the damage.
You may simply be looking at a missing shingle caused by wind damage or a fallen tree limb, which can be repaired quickly and easily. If, however, you have problems such as numerous shingles missing, shingles that appear to be buckling, an increased amount of shingle granules in your gutters, or damage to flashing, it could very well be time to have your roof replaced.

Look at the long-term costs of repair versus replacement.
Small roof repairs are usually not cost-prohibitive and can be done quickly and easily. If damage is a bit more extensive but limited to one side or area, partial reroofing may be an option that can save you thousands of dollars. However, on a cost per square basis, it tends to be a bit higher than replacing the entire roof. You’ll also want to make certain that you have a good match so that shingles blend seamlessly. Sometimes it turns out that even with only partial damage, it’s the wiser and less expensive option to replace the entire roof at once.

The decision between a roof repair or roof replacement is not always an easy one. There are many factors involved, including the age and condition of the roof, the extent of damage and the short and long term costs involved. That’s why it’s important to have a reputable roofing contractor come and inspect the damage so you know exactly what you’re dealing with. Reliant Roofing is a GAF Master Elite certified contractor serving the Greater Jacksonville area. Contact Reliant Roofing today if you’re looking at repairing or replacing your home’s damaged roof.