Your Roof - Repair or Replace?

Mar 25, 2014

Your Roof - Repair or Replace?

The right decision can save money long term.

Is this the year to replace your worn roof or can you get by with just some repairs? If you repair it this year, when will it finally need to be replaced? Wait too long to make your decision and more damages may occur costing you even more money.

Let the experts at Ledegar give you all the information you need to make the right choice for your property and for your wallet.

There are many factors to consider when deciding if it is time for a new roof:

  • Age of your roof. If your asphalt shingle roof is more than 15 years old, it may not be cost effective to put money into repairs.
  • Discoloration on interior walls or ceiling
  • Obvious leaking in the interior after a heavy or wind driven rain
  • Signs of water damage in attic spaces, rot or structural damage
  • Excessive ice damming in the winter
  • There is noticeable sagging in the soffits, on the roof's ridge or in the sheathing.
  • Shingles are curling or appear cracked
  • There is granule loss from your shingle roof, appearing in gutters or around your building.
  • A rise in energy costs over a typical winter. This could indicate issues with insulation and/or ventilation.

Your roof may just need repairing if:

  • Some shingles are missing or have been damaged due to high winds or hail damage
  • Valleys are worn but the rest of the shingles look fine.
  • The shingles are in good condition but there is moisture coming in.
  • Flashing has been damaged from winds or dry and cracked caulking.

(Ledegar has both full service commercial and residential maintenance departments, experts in finding the leaks that others can't.)

Commercial property owners may have other unique circumstances to take into account.
Review a full list of additional factors for commercial buildings.

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 If you decide it is time for a new roof, when choosing the type, let Ledegar help you figure Life Cycle Costing to get the most for your money. For example:

A metal roof may cost $15,000 today and last 50 years, = $300/year
(not to mention savings in cooling)
vs. a shingle roof today may cost $10,000 and last 12 years, = $833.33/year
The shingle roof costs less today, but costs more in the life of your building.

Contact us to set up an appointment to learn more.



Category: Roof Repair

Ledegar Roofing

Ledegar Roofing has been providing quality, expert roofing services since 1908.


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