Deciding Between Roof Repair and Replacement

When thinking about whether your home’s roofing system is better off getting repaired or replaced, Garlock-French Corporation recommends looking at the severity of the damage your roof may have sustained as well as, whether you’re prepared to implement a short-term or long-term solution to the problem, or problems, at hand. Here are a few things that may guide you as you make your decision between roof replacement and repair.

Deciding Between Roof Repair and Replacement

Damage and Debris

Start with the most obvious signs, that is, how much damage your roof appears to have. Have your shingles checked to see if all are intact. If any are broken or missing, they have to be immediately replaced. Damaged flashing also needs to be repaired to prevent moisture from seeping underneath your shingles. Have your gutters swept as well as they may have collected roofing materials or parts that can help indicate how much roofing damage you are dealing with.

Moisture Problems

Water damage is a huge concern for any roofing expert like the Garlock-French Corporation. When conducting roof maintenance and inspections, we always look for signs of moisture retention that may affect the structural integrity of any roof. A leaky roof that is left in disrepair can cause not just water stains to appear on your ceiling, but for damage to manifest throughout the rest of your home, too. The larger the effect of water damage on your roof, the closer to choosing to replace it you should be.

Installation Date

Age catches up with everything, including your roof. Particularly if you moved into an older home, you need to know when your roof was first installed. If your roof is between 20 to 25 years old and, especially, if it is an asphalt roof, have a full inspection done to determine whether you can continue with repairs or if your home’s structural integrity demands a replacement soon.

The Garlock-French Corporation is comprised of experts in residential roofing maintenance and installation of various roofing systems, including tile, slate and metal roofing. Make the right decision when it comes to repairing or replacing your roof with our help. Give us a call at (612) 722-7129. We can provide free estimates for residents of St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN.