A leaky roof can signal big problems, and many homeowners fear that the presence of leaks indicate the need for a new roof. Installing a new roof is a costly process, though, and it's not always the best choice. In some cases, hiring a Houston roofing company to simply patch the area is a perfectly acceptable solution. The company is usually able to match the existing shingles, allowing the homeowner to save money while still achieving an aesthetically appealing finish.
Many homeowners will first consider the age of the roof. A good roof should last between 20 and 30 years. If the leaky roof is only 12 years old, an entire replacement is likely not necessary. However, if the roof is much closer to the end of its lifespan, it's a good time to consider a new roof.
It is also important to look at the condition of the rest of the roof. In many cases, the roof is generally in good condition aside from the area that's leaking. For example, if the roof is leaking due to improper gutter drainage, it's likely that the damage is localized to that specific area. This means that simple repairs to that area are required. On the other hand, if the damage occurs due to shingle curling, and it's obvious that other shingles on the roof are in similar condition, replacing the entire roof's shingles might be a better decision.
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The size of the damaged area can also help determine whether to replace the roof or to repair it. Small sections of the roof are easy to replace. However, if large areas of the roof sheathing have become damaged, the company will need to remove a large section. Since there is typically more work involved in this situation, many homeowners would consider making the full replacement at that time.
Finally, many people consider the recommendation of their homeowners insurance company. If the roof isn't very old and there's a specific reason for the damage, there's a chance that the insurance policy will cover a portion of the cost of repairs. In these cases, the company might specify that they'll pay up to a certain amount for repairs. Some homeowners choose to take this money and put it toward a full roof replacement.
Deciding to repair or replace a roof is a big decision. Given the extent of roof deterioration, homeowners may be under pressure to make a quick decision. However, it's important to carefully consider all of the options, in addition to consulting with a qualified roofing contractor.