Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

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Roof Repair or Roof Replacement – Which Do You Need?

Damage on a roof doesn’t always mean you need an entire roof replacement – sometimes it will only be a repair! If you spot damage on your cedar roof don’t panic – you may not need to spend on a complete roof replacement. Sometimes, though, the damage will be too much and you will need more than just a roof repair. Read on to find out if you need to call for a roof replacement or roofing repair.

Roof repair or replacement? Well it depends on the damage...
Roof repair or replacement? Well it depends on the damage…

Do you need roof repair or roof replacement?

It’s important to make the right decisions when you’re deciding how to go about making home repairs so that you maximize the result without spending money where it’s not needed. As such, it’s important whether your roof just needs a repair or a full roof replacement. Cedar roof repair is usually for smaller areas of damage – in may cases just a few shingles or the removal of fungus. On many occasions a leak signifies the need for roof repair not replacement. Roof replacement on the other hand is for when there is enough damage to the roof – or if it has aged too much to be repaired further. If large areas on your cedar roof are showing signs of damage – then you are more likely to need a complete roof replacement.

When to go for roof repair?

It’s important to always consult a professional when deciding whether your roof needs replacement or repair. A proper roofing inspection should be carried out to check the extent of the damage and see if there are places for water to creep in and cause larger problems.  If there are a few shingles or tiles missing then it’s a good idea to get them replaced immediately to protect the underlying structure from damage and potential rot. One of the advantages to consider when repairing a roof is that it will cost less money so if your budget is limited and the roof doesn’t show signs of sagging or water damage you may not need a replacement if you act fast!

More about cedar roof repair >> Cedar Roof Repair

Roof repair fixes a part of your roof - but not all of it.
Roof repair fixes a part of your roof – but not all of it.

When to go for roof replacement?

Roof replacement should be considered when your roof starts showing signs of water damage such as water stains in the attic and water leaking in during rain storms. If several of your shingles are starting to curl and buckle that’s also a pretty sure sign that your roof needs replacement, though curling is a natural process and may occur as a natural part of aging.

If your roof is sagging then getting an immediate roof replacement is vital as sagging indicates potential damage to the interior structure of your roof and can be dangerous. Roof replacements from professionals who know what they’re doing may cost a bit of money but it definitely costs less than inexperienced work that will need to be repeated 5 years down the line or worse, a roof that wasn’t repaired in time and comes crashing down. We highly recommend the  installation a new cedar roof or replacing an old cedar roof be done by professionals for this reason. It may be tempting to attempt a DIY but the potential for future problems – and big ones – is great! You can damage your decking, internal structure, promote rot and mold growth, and need even more expensive repairs than a roof replacement if you do not install yours correctly.

Why should you use cedar? Read here >> How Cedar Roofs Increase Your Home Value

Roof replacement gives you a new roof and is required if your current roof has sustained too much damage
Roof replacement gives you a new roof and is required if your current roof has sustained too much damage

The final word

Whether you need roof repair or roof replacement it is imperative that you have an expert over to assess which one you need. You should also consider your budget, time and which materials you will be needing. Be sure to get regular roof inspections and cedar roofing maintenance to delay the need for total roof replacements. Roof repair should always be undertaken by a professional – particularly when considering cedar roofing – as the shingles or shake age differently than asphalt shingles. If you attempt to repair cedar on your own, or even inspect it on your own you risk personal injury and possibly damaging your roof further so call a professional roofing contractor like A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. for your roofing repair and replacement needs and questions.

A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc.

A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. can help you with all your cedar roof repair, replacement, and maintenance needs. For over 15 years we have been serving the Chicagoland community with top quality cedar roofing services and are proud of our excellent reputation throughout the area. We use only the finest in cedar products – Waldun and North Shore Prime cedar – so can rest assured that your home is in good hands! If you have been considering installing a cedar roof, or think your current roof needs repairs or a maintenance schedule, contact us for a consultation today! Our team will be happy to set up an appointment to help you have the best roof possible!

If your roof isn’t cedar, or you’re interested in installing another material on your home, we can still help! Check out our website for a full range of roofing services for a wide variety of materials including asphalt and slate.

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