‘This or That’ with RainTight Roofing: Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

June 15, 2020 at 4:00 AM
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RainTight Roofing is your one-stop shop for all your roofing repair or replacement needs. Our dedicated team of roofing professionals can work with homeowners and businesses in Central and Northern Louisiana to repair, replace, or restore your roof.

Even with regular maintenance, roofs are unpredictable and can fail at any time. Common issues include leaking, ponding, shrinkage, and blistering, not to mention losing shingles that may blow off during heavy rainstorms with high winds.

Damage does not necessarily mean a roof replacement is necessary. Sometimes, repairs are possible. The average cost for the full replacement of an asphalt roof, including labor, ranges between $4,100 and $6,000 for a 1,200-square-foot home and $6,000 to $8,400 for a 2,100-square-foot home. Asphalt roofing is the most affordable option, followed by wood, tile, slate, and metal.

When Repairs Make Sense

Just because your roof is leaking, or a few shingles blew off during the last storm, does not automatically mean you need to replace the entire roof. There are times when roofing repair makes more sense.

1. Small leaks

Most leaks in a roof, if caught early, can be repaired without the costly expense of a full replacement. For instance, if a leak has occurred due to a missing or damaged shingle, a repair job is in order unless there is additional damage that requires further attention.

2. Damaged plumbing vent boots

A damaged vent boot can cause leaking and should be addressed immediately. This is another time when repair makes sense. Common issues include cracks in the bases of plastic vent boots and broken seams in metal boots. Care should be taken when removing the shingles around the boot during replacement. If done properly, the old shingles can be re-used after a new boot is installed.

3. Flashing leaks

Leaks do not always occur from faulty shingles. Sometimes they are the result of issues with flashing that has rusted or come loose. Flashing is installed along exterior walls that intersect with the roof to prevent leaking. If the flashing has come loose, it will need tightening. If it is rusted, the shingles around it will need to be removed first. As with the vent boots, remove these shingles with care so they may be re-used if possible.

4. Small holes

Small holes can lead to big trouble down the road if left untreated. The best way to fix small holes without replacing the entire roof is to install flashing over the areas where they are located.

When Replacement Makes Sense

Saving money with roofing repairs is great when it makes sense to repair and not replace.  However, there are times when repairs are not possible and roofing professionals will advise a full roof replacement.

1. Moisture or water damage

Small leaks that have not yet made their way beneath the shingles usually are easy to repair. But once that water finds its way inside your home and causes interior damage, a full replacement will likely be needed. Brown spots on your ceiling, peeling paint, and mold are all signs that your roof’s integrity is compromised.

2. Age

Quality asphalt roofing lasts between 20 and 30 years. Metal roofing can last up to 50 years. If your roof is only a few years old and already leaking, it is likely the result of poor installation and not the failure of the roof itself. But if your roof is at the end stage of its reasonable life span, a full replacement is your best option to prevent interior damage.

3. Disaster repairs

Certain disaster conditions, like tornadoes and hailstorms, can cause extensive damage to a roof that simple repairs cannot remedy. A roofing professional will be able to evaluate the damage and determine if a replacement is warranted.

Count on the Roofing Professionals

Count on the professionals at RainTight Roofing for all of your roofing repair and replacement needs. Contact us online or by calling 318-353-7663 today to schedule your free in-home consultation.