When faced with the question of roof repair or roof replacement, there are many misconceptions. Two key points in favor of replacement are return and roof integrity. Under some circumstances it is okay to “patch” or repair a roof. We should really consider the age of the entire roof. Although, if the roof is a year old and something damages a small section, we totally understand why a roof repair is underway.
Let’s think about a roof repair. This is when a section of the roof is stripped down to the decking. Damaged plywood should always be replaced. Chances are the whole sheet is bad. Now this 2’x2’ repair is a 4’x8’ repair. Now this is when we always stop and wonder what the rest of the roof is like. Over time the roof repair cost can add up quickly to the cost of a full roof replacement. When repairing a roof, be sure it is a reputable contractor operating on your roof.
When a roof is replaced it is stripped down to its most bare architecture. The plywood is exposed and each layer of the roof is thoroughly inspected. During this time, a good roofing company will pay attention to every detail. The flashings will be replaced. Lead will be installed around the chimney. New rubber and aluminum pipe boots will be custom fitted over each pipe protruding through the roof. The qualified roofers will gently fasten the aluminum drip edge around the perimeter of the roof to protect the plywood decking. The roof deck nicely wrapped with ice and water guard six feet around the boarder. The remaining roof deck is covered in a synthetic underlay to prevent any water intrusion. Layer after layer of shingle is drawn out across the roof until it is finally capped with a brand-new ridge vent.
Okay, so a repair is only scratching the surface and replacement is more expensive today. The bottom line is that roof replacement is the only way to properly secure your home from the intrusive elements. When a problem arises, let’s give it the best fix. Any expert roofer will be happy to assist in the roof replacement process.