Roofing Repair or Replacement: Five Key Questions to Ask First

Monday, May 11th, 2020 by Team Arrow

Roofing Repair or Replacement: Five Key Questions to Ask First

Roofer on top of roof nailing shingles in the sun

Now that spring is cautiously trying to make an appearance here in Kansas City, many of us can’t wait to get outdoors. This time of year, while everyone looks forward to some much-needed sun, growing season, and other outdoor activities, our team is already busy preparing for the roofing season. Since spring can also mean lots of rainfall and the potential for severe storms, we thought it would be a great time to talk about that very subject. We love to share home remodeling tips and advice so that our customers feel more confident about navigating through the many available options when it comes to home improvement. So, when it comes to roofing repair or replacement, here are some key questions to ask when figuring out what’s best for your home, sweet home.

How old are your current roof and shingles? 

When your roof is aging and potentially in need of repair or replacement, it’s important to know the age of the materials it was built with. If your home still has its original roofing and is already nearing 20+ years, you may have already noticed some normal wear and tear. On average, most roofing will last 20-25 years, but age is just one factor to take into consideration. 

What is the climate like in your area? 

Climate is an important factor to consider when it comes to the exterior care of your home, as it can also affect the durability of your roof. If you live in an area where there is more likelihood of tornadoes, hurricanes, high winds, or frequent rain, your roof may require some additional attention and weatherproofing. It’s not uncommon to lose a few shingles in a strong storm, which can be more economical to replace on your own if you have some extra shingles on hand, but if you have to find and purchase something additional, it might be tougher to match exactly what you need. If your roof does show signs of damage following a storm, it’s important to reach out to a roofing professional to check for overall structural health and get a handle on any potential weak spots that might give way to water damage and mold.   

What materials were used to construct your roof? 

Depending on the age and type of materials used to build out your roof, some will last longer than others. Typically, asphalt shingles can last for about 20 years if properly maintained. Wood shingles can last closer to 30 years, and fiber cement shingles can last even longer – closer to 50 years with proper care. Many modern homes are constructed with asphalt shingles, which can be cheaper to replace in smaller quantities but may still lack overall durability in comparison to wood and fiber cement shingles. If you notice that your older shingles are beginning to warp or your roof is beginning to sag or buckle, you’ll want to reach out to a trusted roofing professional as soon as possible for an assessment.   

How many layers of shingles make up your current roof? 

Believe it or not, the number of layers that make up your current roof can be another deciding factor when it comes to roofing repair vs replacement. Currently, residential building codes only allow for up to two layers of shingles to be added to a structure since the sheer weight of shingles alone can add a few thousand pounds of additional weight to the deck of your current roof. If more than a few shingles need to be patched up or replaced, a professional assessment can give you a better idea of the overall cost involved.  

Can you partially replace a roof? 

The short answer is yes, but, with a few caveats. A partial replacement can work but can also end up costing you more money, in the long run, depending on the cost of materials and labor. Also, the number of current shingle layers your roof has should be taken into consideration, since there would likely be some additional time and cost involved if removing and replacing two layers rather than a single layer. There’s also the possibility that a partial repair will not come out as evenly as expected since all new materials will need to be used and may not necessarily match up perfectly with the rest of your partially weathered roof. If the age of your home is closer to 20 years or more, it might make more sense both structurally and financially to look at replacement options for your entire roof.    

Oftentimes, budget is another common denominator for many homeowners when it comes to maintaining a healthy roof, just like with any other potentially large home improvement job. Costs for both repair and replacement can vary greatly depending on the service provider, the labor involved, and the necessary materials. It’s always important to do your research and even get some recommendations, but don’t go with the cheapest option just because.   

Roofing Repair or Replacement

At Arrow Renovation, we provide emergency roof repair and maintenance, as well as roof replacements for both homes and businesses in the greater Kansas City area. If your roof needs a little (or a lot) of love, you can reach out to us here anytime for a free estimate!