Fix Your Roof or Replace It? Here’s How to Tell

The quality of your roof directly impacts your home, and a damaged roof can quickly lead to issues like pest infestation, mold, and water intrusion. Whether the damage to your roof was due to a natural disaster or run-of-the-mill aging, you’ll want to address the problem as quickly as possible by calling your local roof replacement and repair company.

Deciding if your roof should be replaced or repaired can be challenging. While sometimes the damage will be so severe that you have no option but to replace your roof, that isn’t always the case. At Precision Gutters and Roofing, we suggest you consider the following factors before deciding if you should have your roof repaired or replaced.

Your Roof’s Age

Quality roofs are built to last, which means a roof that is only a few years old is still relatively “new.” Asphalt shingle roofs last approximately 20 years and fiber cement shingles are typically sturdy for about 25 years.

Roofs composed of slate, tile, or copper can last over five decades, and wood shake roofs are usually solid for three decades. If your roof isn’t heading into its final years, you’ll likely be better off repairing it. However, replacement may be the wisest option if the damage to your roof was severe or revealed issues from the original installation.

Your Budget

If you’re on the fence about repairing versus replacement, take a moment to crunch the numbers. Does your budget have wiggle room in it to allow for a replacement? If it does, and your roof is significantly damaged, choosing to replace your roof now might be the best move. However, if funds are tight and a repair could buy you a few more years before you need to replace, that could be the best choice.

The Extent of the Damage

Sometimes roofs are damaged so severely that the only logical thing to do is replace them. If the repairs needed are extensive, you’ll need to evaluate if it makes more sense to replace the entire roof. Some homeowners follow this rule of thumb: if repairs cost 35% or more of the price of a new roof, it’s wiser to replace it altogether.

Your Insurance Policy

Most homeowners’ policies cover your roof and the costs associated with repair and replacement. However, since each insurance policy is different, you’ll want to be sure you understand what your coverage provides.

For example, most homeowners’ policies cover roof damage due to accidents or natural disasters but do not cover normal wear-and-tear or neglect. Understanding how much of your roof repair or replacement costs insurance will cover can help you determine the best action to take.

Choose a Local Company You Can Trust

When you work with Precision Gutters and Roofing, you’re doing business with a company that has served Idaho for over 20 years. We are a family-run business committed to providing our community with the roofing and gutter installation and repairs they need to maintain the integrity of their home.

If you’re still uncertain whether repair or replacement is the best option for your roof, we can help. Contact Precision Gutters and Roofing about your concerns, and one of our experienced technicians will be happy to help you determine the best solution for your roofing needs.