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Roofing 101: When to Repair Vs. When to Replace

Have you ever checked your yard after a bad storm and noticed shingles laying on the ground? Have you ever had a small leak in your ceiling? Have you ever noticed sunspots in your attic when you go to put away your seasonal decorations? Chances are, if you have owned or rented the same home for a while, you've experienced one or more of these things.

It can be easy to jump to worse case scenario when you're assessing the health of your home. Rarely do people want to shell out thousands of dollars to replace a roof unexpectedly. But sometimes it's necessary! Other times, you could just be in store for a few roof patches. The key is knowing when it's time to replace your roof, or simply have it repaired. Follow along our list of items to consider when weighing your roof repair options!  

How old is your roof?

If your roof has only a little bit of life left in it, it might be best to replace the entire thing before anything worse off happens to your home. Roof patches might be a small expense at first, but an out-of-date roof can mean there's more to come in your future, which can get pricy quick. Not only do repairs start to add up, but a roof that's getting constantly repaired likely means there is a larger issue at bay which has the potential to cause even more damage to your home. If you don't know the age of your roof, a roofer should be able to inspect it and tell you!

What is your budget?  

Your budget is going to be an extremely important factor in your decision here. If you can afford to shell out a bit more money up front to avoid facing similar issues, like falling shingles or multiple small leaks, then replacing your roof might be the way to go. However, if you simply cannot afford a new roof, consider addressing all the big issues first, or even a partial re-roofing! Trotter Roofing and Gutters will also work with your insurance to make sure you get the best rates possible, so your budget plays as little a part as possible during this stressful decision.

What is your goal?  

If your goal is to increase your curb appeal and change the aesthetics of your home, a roof replacement is certainly a great way to do that. Not only can a new roof entirely change the look of your home, but it can increase your homes value, and ensure peace of mind over the next 10-20 years. Similarly, if your goals revolve around energy efficiency, it is also a good time to have your roof replaced. If you are simply wanting to increase the longevity of your existing roof by making small tweaks here and there, then a roof repair might be the best choice for you.  

As a general rule of thumb, it's important to have a roofer to call on who you can trust. Trotter Roofing and Gutters is known for our professionalism, honesty, and integrity when it comes to taking care of our customers! If you are looking into having a roof replaced or repaired, be sure to give us a call.  

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