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When to Repair Or Replace Your Roof: 3 Tips to Help You Decide

By August 15, 2014March 26th, 2015No Comments

Regular maintenance helps stretch a roof’s service life.

You’ve heard this (and more) before. At Spicer Bros., however, our roofing contractors in Salisbury MD don’t just want you to extend your roof’s product life, we also want you to save money while doing so. To do that, it’s important to make right decisions to limit home improvement costs.

When it comes to roofing, deciding between repairing and replacing it isn’t always as simple as you may think. Here are some tips to making the right decisions for your roof:

Patch Up or Reroof

Damaged shingles are common roofing problems. The most popular way to deal with this issue is to remove the damaged ones and replace them with new shingles. For relatively new roofs, this may be easy, especially when you still have spare shingles saved from the job. For old roofs, however, a simple patch up work may not be the best option, as the replacements may not match the existing roof. You may have to think about reroofing the damaged section or the entire roof.

Partial or Complete Reroofing

Reroofing is the best solution for significant damages. If the problem is confined to one part of the roof, you may consider partial reroofing, which is more affordable than a complete reroofing work. Repairing an entire section makes it easier to blend new shingles with old ones compared to simply taking out damaged shingles in different areas and replacing them. Minor color differences will be less visible.

When the damage takes up a huge portion of the roof, it might be better to do a full reroofing job. Some homeowners even consider a complete reroofing for partial roof damages. The rationale behind this is, it’s going to be less costly to replace the entire roof than do one part now and then another section a few years after.

Roof Over or Tear Off

When reroofing, you have to decide whether to tear off the existing roof before putting the new one or install the new roof over the old one. Similar to deciding between partial and complete reroofing, your choice will come down to saving some money now and risking greater expenses in the future or spending more now to limit future costs. If you have two layers of shingles, however, you cannot add another one anymore. The additional layer may affect the structural integrity of your home.

There is a huge difference between simple roof repair and smart roof maintenance. When it comes to protecting your family and properties, don’t leave anything up to chance. Be smart. Work with contractors specializing on roofing in Salisbury MD, like Spicer Bros. Construction Inc. We offer a range of roofing services and options, namely asphalt shingles, metal, slate, and wood. Get in touch with us for more information on our services.