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Cottage Grove Roofing: Article About Roof Repair Versus Replacement

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Regardless of quality, no roof is going to last forever. However, there are factors that homeowners should consider when deciding whether or not to opt for repairs or a complete replacement. On one hand, homeowners don't want to replace an entire roof too soon. On the other hand, putting off getting a new roof too long could mean costly repairs and extensive damage from leaks or collapses. Ultimately, a Cottage Grove roofing professional can help homeowners make a final decision by offering guidance and information to homeowners, who will then be well informed about what types of roofing maintenance and repairs will be suitable.

Determining whether to repair or replace a roof starts with a thorough inspection by a qualified roofing contractor. During an inspection, a roofer will look for signs of damage such as blow offs, buckling or blistering. While homeowners can safely perform visual inspections from the ground, it's best to have a roofing professional determine the overall structural integrity of a roof. About half of the cost of a new roof can be recouped by a homeowner from the value that a brand new roof will add to a home.

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Reroofing, the placement of new roofing materials over an existing roof, is a happy medium between repair and replacement for some homeowners. While reroofing is more affordable, reroofing won't last as long as an entirely new roof that's installed after all old roofing materials have been removed. A reroof also doesn't include new flashing or underlayment, meaning that existing structural issues may also reduce the life expectancy of the roofing system.

Resale value is another important factor that may affect some homeowners' decisions. For homeowners who are planning to sell their home sometime in the near future, quality repairs won't take away from the value of a home that's been otherwise well maintained. However, replacing an older roof that's been requiring more and more repairs over the years can significantly boost the value of a home, or earn existing homeowners a discount on their homeowner's insurance.

Age and maintenance are also factors to consider. For instance, an older roof that hasn't been well maintained over the years is likely to need replacing much sooner than a roof that has been well taken care of since its first installation. As a general rule, repairs tend to be the better option for a roof that's less than ten years old. However, it's best to get the recommendations of a qualified roofer following a thorough inspection before making a final decision.

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