If your roof is not in good condition, it may need to be repaired or it may need to be replaced. In some cases, it is pretty clear-cut that one decision is better than another decision. But in other cases, it can be complicated. A roofing company can inspect your roof and tell you, based on their expertise, whether they recommend repairing or replacing the roof. Here are some of the elements that they look at when making this decision.

The Type of Damage

Not all damage to the roof is the same. A hail storm can leave your roof with hail damage, or small dings or dents, while a wind storm can blow your roofing materials off of the roof. A roofer will examine your roof and determine what type of damage is present when determining if a roof should be repaired or replaced.

The Cause of the Damage

Once the roofing company has determined what type of damage is present on your roof, they must determine the cause of the damage. In some cases, a weather event has caused damage. In fact, according to FEMA, since 1980, flooding in the U.S. has caused $1 trillion in damages. In other cases, routine wear and tear may have caused the damage. The cause of the damage can play a role in whether the roofing itself can be fixed.

The Extent of the Damage

Finally, a roofing company will look at the extent of the damage when determining whether a roof can be repaired or if it should be replaced. If your roof has one or two damaged shingles, repairing the roof may make more sense. But, if the damage is widespread and extensive, replacing the roof may make more sense. A roofer will determine the cost to repair the roof and the cost to replace it. If the costs are comparable, replacement is recommended.

There are numerous factors that come into play when determining if a roof can be repaired or replaced. This includes the type of roof you have, the age of the roof, the condition of the roof, and the factor listed above pertaining to the damage that the roof sustained. If your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, or you want a professional opinion about which is best, reach out to our roofing company today at DV Roofing to schedule an appointment.