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It can be challenging to decide whether to repair your roof or to replace it with a new roof. Fortunately, there are some indicators that will help you reach the right decision for your circumstances, so you can make the most informed decision. On the Delmarva Peninsula, we’re no strangers to heavy rain and strong winds. There could be damage to your roof that you don’t even know about, so it’s a good idea to periodically have your roof inspected by a professional, to assess any damage which may have occurred.

When complete re-roofing is the better option

If your roof has suffered significant damage from a storm and is more than ten years old, you’re probably better off in most cases to completely replace the roofing system. Patching up an older roof that has been damaged is often a case of throwing good money after bad, and merely deferring the time when a complete replacement is necessary.

Even without storm damage, you may have just discovered some serious water damage, which has infiltrated the roof and requires at least a partial replacement. In cases where you’re thinking about replacing only a section of your roof, you should consider what the cost would be to replace part of it now and then replace the rest of it in another few years when the cost of re-roofing will have increased. It’s also good to understand what the average life cycle is for your particular type of roof, so you’ll know when it’s nearing the end of its useful life.

When repairs to your roof will suffice 

When your roof has suffered any kind of water damage, it needs to be corrected immediately so the damage doesn’t have a chance to spread and become much worse. As an example, lingering water damage could lead to the growth of mold, which will further damage your home and can lead to health issues for the occupants.

If you have some broken or missing shingles because of wind damage, these may be replaced as long as a good color match can be found and if the damage is localized. When you’ve been through some significant windy conditions, you may have experienced tree damage, in which falling branches have impacted your roofing system and compromised its integrity. In a case like this, it will depend on the extent of the damage, whether you can have repairs carried out, or whether a complete replacement is wiser.

Consult with the experts 

You may not be sure what to do about your roof, because you’re not entirely sure about the extent of any damage you’ve suffered. You don’t want to make a mistake with your roofing system, so if you’re uncertain, your best bet is to consult with the experts at Spicer Bros. Construction, Inc. We’ll be glad to conduct a thorough examination of your roof, and advise you about how to proceed. Contact us today for expert advice on your roofing system.