Standing back and looking at the roof of your house, you can tell it has seen better days. It may or may not be leaking a little bit, but if it is not leaking yet, you can tell that it will in the near future. So, does that mean that you can get away with repairing the areas that are leaking or about to leak? Or should you go through and have the entire roof replaced to protect your home? The best way to know for sure is to ask a Huntsville roofer to take a look.
When A Repair Is Often Enough
If you are looking at a tiny leak coming from your roof, you will likely notice a few drops of water causing a water stain on your ceiling. If you notice that, you should have a trusted Huntsville roofing company come out and look around. By the time the drops hit your ceiling, they have passed your rafters and often your insulation. This can cause lasting issues in your roof and attic if not dealt with quickly. However, small leaks can often be repaired without the entire roof needing to be redone.
The same thing goes if you have a few loose shingles that are dangling on your roof, or have blown away entirely. A few shingles are easy to repair, and would take an experienced roofer very little time to correct for you, making it inexpensive as well. However, if you have an entire section of shingles that are hanging on by a thread, or in this case a nail, then you should opt for replacing at least that section of your roof.
Total Roof Replacements Are Sometimes a Good Idea
If you have numerous areas of your roof that need to be repaired, it may be more cost effective to have the roofer replace your roof instead. It really depends on how extensive the repairs are, and how many of them are needed. Plus, if your roof is getting close to when your warranty expires, it may be best to go with a total roof replacement so that you are able to establish a new warranty that can last you another ten, twenty, or even more years.
Should you be considering selling your home within the next two to five years, you should also consider going through and getting your entire roof replaced. A lot of prospective home buyers are going to opt for the home that has the new roof over the one that would need replacing in the next five years. It is an expense that they will not need to cover soon, so it ends up being something that they can factor into their purchase price. While you may not get the full price you pay for your roof back when it is sold to the new homeowner, you can get a significant portion of your investment returned to you if you include the warranty and transfer it into their name. It is peace of mind to them, and well worth the few extra thousands of dollars to most buyers.
So, the next time you look up at that roof, you will be able to know that you did the right thing by either having experienced Huntsville roofers replace it, or repair the issues. Next time you see those storm clouds rolling in, you can sigh in relief and enjoy the lightning show instead of worrying if you will have water dripping on your head before the storm is over.
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