If you’ve noticed damage to your Denver roof, you may be wondering whether you’ll need repairs or a full replacement. The right choice for you will depend on several factors, from the current age of your roof to the type of damage and more. Given that roof repairs and a Denver roof replacement come at very different price points, this decision is worth your careful consideration.
Whether you’re dealing with damaged shingles, rusted flashing, or even a roof leak, we’ll help you decide whether to choose roof repairs or replacement to restore your home’s roofing system.
Considerations in Repairing or Replacing Your Roof
What’s the climate like?
The climate in which you live can impact your decision of whether to repair or replace your roof. For climates like that of Colorado that experience frequent storms throughout the year, including hailstorms, blizzards, thunderstorms, and high winds, homeowners need roofing systems with the strength to withstand the elements. Roof damage, left alone in a climate like Denver’s, can quickly escalate, leading to extensive damage to your home.
So, if your roof is severely damaged in a climate like Colorado’s repairs might not cut it. You’ll need to fully restore the condition of your roof so that it’s ready to hold up against the next storm, whenever it strikes.
How old is your roof?
The age of your current roofing system should be a major consideration in your choice to repair or replace your roof. If your roof was recently installed, it can likely be effectively repaired. Since roof repairs are much more affordable than a full roof replacement, this choice is probably the most cost-efficient.
On the other hand, if your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, a roof replacement could be the smarter financial choice. This is because your roof will need to be replaced soon, anyway. The cost of the repairs will be wasted when the entire system is reroofed in the near future.
Is the roof leaking?
Roof leaks can result from severe storm damage, fallen tree branches, poor roof maintenance, and more. Unfortunately, roof leakage is one of the most severe types of roof damage, given that it can lead to water damage throughout your home. Additionally, if you have a leaky roof, odds are that your roofing materials have already been significantly impacted by water damage, such as mold and rotting. Roof leakage can even damage the insulation in your roof and attic, diminishing the energy-efficiency of your home.
In some cases, a leak in a roof can be patched up without replacing the entire roof. But, if the leak has already infiltrated your home and caused water damage to your roofing materials, a Denver roof replacement is likely to be your best option. Either way, make sure to address a roof leak as soon as possible to minimize the resulting damage.
How severe is the damage?
The extent of the damage to your roof can guide you in choosing roof repairs or replacement. In cases of minor to moderate damage, especially in relatively young roofing systems, roof repairs could be a good option. For example, if the shingles on a limited area of your roof are damaged, but the rest of the shingles are still in good condition, roof repairs can be used to replace only the damaged shingles. This will restore the condition of your roof, but at a much lower cost than a full roof replacement.
What’s your budget?
Budget is an essential factor in the decision of whether to repair or replace your roof. A Denver roof replacement will, undoubtedly, cost much more than roof repairs. So, if you’re not financially able to cover the cost of a full re-roofing project, roof repairs can help you get by until a roof replacement is in your budget.
However, as we’ve already mentioned, while roof repairs are the less expensive option, they’re not necessarily the most cost-effective. Many roof repairs over time can eventually exceed the cost of a roof replacement. In this case, a roof replacement may be a smarter financial choice, though the upfront cost will be much higher.
To schedule a Denver roof replacement or roof repairs, contact Woodberg Roofing & Restoration today.