Do you know when you need minor roof repairs? The average consumer would be surprised to know that even the smallest roofing repair can help prolong the life of your roof by a few years, and help save you thousands of dollars from a potential roof replacement. We recently spoke with Sam Brown, owner of Centennial Best Roofers in Centennial, CO. Sam gave us some insight on some of the homes that he has worked on in south Denver, and what he has seen from homeowners over the years. To visit Sam and his company, click on the link here: www.centennialroofers.com, or call 720-399-1320 for more information. Here are some of the findings that we got from a conversation with Sam on roof repair vs. roof replacement.
- Some consumers think that if there are just a few shingles missing, they are in need of a complete roof replacement. This is not true, and one of the biggest things that honest roofers fight against. With so many roofers simply trying to earn a buck these days, some of them can be extremely dishonest. In our previous post, you read about how some roofers can tell you that you need a replacement when you really don’t. If you think that you only need a few shingles replaced to do the job, it’s very important to get multiple bids to see if you only need the repair vs. the replacement.
- Typically, a standard roof repair will cost less than $2,000 on a roof with asphalt shingles. The cost can be much lower than the $2,000 price point, but that’s the standard in the industry. For older roofs, that’s where the area becomes a bit more grey. Most older roofs with asphalt shingles, or any other shingle for that matter, it becomes very difficult to match shingles that are over 10 years old. Sam says the reason for this is that shingles go out of date, and although Timberline or GAF shingles have been around for a very long time, the colors may not be easy at all to match. Most of Centennial Best Roofers customers are not really worried about an exact match if it’s just a few shingles, but in his over 10 years in the roofing business, he’s seen some homeowners request a complete roof replacement from a company because they don’t have the exact match of the shingle that they want. This doesn’t happen very often, but Sam says it can happen.
- When there is water damage that is coming in through the roof, that’s when the need for a complete roof replacement becomes more necessary. Most homeowners don’t get their roof checked as often as they should, or they spend too much time up on the roof themselves, leading to more wear and tear than necessary if they would simply have a roofing company perform routine maintenance. Roofs are meant to survive the toughest elements like snow, hail (to an extent), rain, cold, and exposure to the sun. Roofs can take a lot of punishment, and people can walk on top of them, but they should be careful and monitor spots that seem a bit soft. If you feel a soft spot on the top of your roof, then you should call a roofing professional immediately, because you may have to have some plywood replaced under the shingles.
If your roof looks like this, you probably need it to be replaced. But even we’ve seen roofs that have lasted through this. So it’s not just the shingle that matters, it’s the entire composition of the roof that you should pay attention to.
Sam said the most important thing that homeowners should keep in mind is how much they want to spend on their roof. The cost of metal, slate, cement, and tile are much more expensive than wood, but depending on what type of wood shingle you choose, that can be very expensive as well.
If your roof looks like it’s showing some wear, give your nearest contractor a call. Better safe than sorry!