Roofs need regular maintenance to last, but it pays to know when to stop repairing and install a new roof instead. While there’s no easy way to decide whether to replace your current roofing system or not, use these tips from the experts at Kidd-Luukko Corporation to lessen the stress:
Consider Cost Drivers
Study the financial implications of your roofing project. In many cases, the cost of roof repair to fix manufacturing defects is reimbursable when the affected component is under warranty. After the effects of a strong storm, your insurance might cover roof restoration completely or partially, depending on what your policy states.
But if neither the roofing manufacturer nor the insurance company is responsible for the expense, you would have to pay for it out of your pocket. The cost difference between repair and replacement jobs varies greatly, but mull over the savings you can potentially get. For instance, upgrading to a metal roof can keep maintenance to a minimum, increase your property’s value, and significantly reduce your energy costs.
Work With the Right Roofer
Not all contractors are set up to repair and replace roofing systems. Many companies are certified to change roofs entirely but not trained to detect and address leaks, or vice versa. Whatever kind of care your system needs, consider roofers that specialize in both repair and replacement jobs more than those that are only adept at one. That way, you can rest assured you’ll get an honest assessment, as well as sensible and cost-effective recommendations.
Ponder Curb Appeal
Re-shingling is standard practice to replace pieces that get blown off over time. At some point, though, it might be better to get a whole new roof to avoid having an incongruous exterior design. With considerable age gaps, mixing new and old shingles might do more harm than good, aesthetically, to your roof.
Think About Roof Age
If your current system is nearing the end of its perceived life span, strongly consider tackling roof replacement. For example, asphalt shingle roofs normally last 20 to 30 years, if properly maintained. Your roof could reach 40, but there’s a good chance that it’s underlying decking is no longer structurally sound even when things look good on the outside.
Let Kidd-Luukko Corporation assess your roof’s condition to determine how many years it still has before you have to completely replace it. Call us at (508) 372-0400 to discuss your roofing needs, and to get a free estimate. We serve residential and commercial property owners in Hartford, CT, Springfield, MA, Providence, RI, and other major New England cities.