Roof Repair vs.

Roof Replacement

As Chicago’s #1 roofing contractor for over a decade, we have all of the answers you need when considering a roof repair versus roof replacement. It can be a tricky proposition and you may be told completely different things by the different contractors you speak with for estimates. While there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to this decision, there are some criteria you can keep in mind as you make your decision. These are laid out in detail below to assist you during the process.

At Roofing by Hernandez, we focus on six key criteria when determining whether or not our customer needs a new roof installation versus a roof repair. While there are others that might be of interest to you specifically, these six items will help any home or business owner make the right decision for their budget – not to mention their future in the structure. So, let’s get started with our roof repair versus replacement criteria:

The Roof’s Age: It should come as no surprise that one of the first things we look at when determining whether a roof repair will suffice instead of a roof replacement is the overall age of the roof itself. Believe it or not, after a certain age you really should be looking at roof replacement as materials are simply not designed to last forever. For example, most shingles are rated for 15-30 years, so if the roofing is older than that a replacement is probably in order.

Any Roof Leaks: Roof leaks you’ve experienced in the past and that are occurring at the time you’re deciding between roof repair and replacement should play a significant role in your final decision. A leaking roof isn’t automatically a sign you need roof replacement, but multiple leaks can be a sign of improper installation techniques or hidden structural damage. An inspector from Roofing by Hernandez can provide you with the details of the trouble you’re facing and offer the right recommendation for your specific needs.

Your Future Plans: Your plans for your future can also be an important factor when choosing between a roof repair and replacement – assuming the roof isn’t so bad a repair would be irresponsible. If you plan on selling your home in the next few years then you may want to choose repairs to keep your costs down prior to your sale. However, a new roof installation can greatly enhance the value of your property, so it’s a tough decision you have in front of you if both options are available. And, one only you can make.

Potential Costs: This is a very big one for our roofing customers and that only makes sense. A roof repair is a far cry from a roof replacement where costs are concerned. There are also what we call “hidden costs” associated with new roof installation and repair – though installations have far more of these than simple repairs. These costs are those that no one can prepare for – like weather, traffic, unexpected damages, etc. All of these can add up and should be identified and addressed in the estimate you get from your roofing contractor.

Potential Savings: Before you automatically go for an offered roof repair there are things to consider that might make a new roof installation more appealing to you. First, newer roofing materials are much more energy efficient than their predecessors. That means a new roof will save you money on energy costs. Many also offer state and federal tax credits for their purchase and use. That goes for your insurance rates, too. Most carriers will offer a discount on your homeowner’s policy with new roof installation. Roof repairs have none of the long-term benefits.

Re-Roof Possibility: In the middle of a roof repair and a roof replacement is a re-roof project. This most often occurs with built-up roofing and shingle installations. Basically, a new layer of roofing material is laid directly over the old. This eliminates the need to tear off the old roofing which translates to less labor time which means less cost for you, the customer. Re-roofing is only possible in specific circumstances and has some drawbacks that have to be understood prior to investigating this as a possibility. Specifically, FHA lenders will not approve loans for structures with more than two layers of material, so if you plan on selling your property then you should avoid this at all costs.

The six criteria described above should help you identify whether you need a roof repair or a roof replacement without consulting a licensed roofing contractor. However, the process will go much smoother when you have an expert there with which to discuss specific issues. In the end, a roof repair will always be offered by a reputable contractor if it’s safe to do so. And, they’ll explain the potential savings in solving all your troubles at once with new roof installation – including the tax credits associated with your area. So, call (312) 439-0556 today to talk over your roof repair versus roof replacement situation with our team!

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