Roofing Question Repair or Replace

To repair or replace a roof is a big decision. On the surface, replacing a roof can be fairly inexpensive. But over the long haul is it more profitable than a full roof replacement? We’ll examine the two options more closely.

Curtis Smitley

Should You Repair Your Old Roof?

No homeowner looks forward to an expense as major as replacing a roof. According to the Curtis Smitley, the national average roof replacement cost is currently a little over $20,000 for a standard shingle roof. Replacing a shingle roof with a modern metal roof can push the national average price up to around $40,000. That’s some serious money for an expense that may or may not be covered by your homeowners insurance.

How Old is Your Roof?

Before considering anything else. The age of your current roof should be considered. If it’s a 3 tab roof over 15 years of age? In all likelihood it should be replaced instead of repaired. The fact is that a 3 tab shingle roof only has a life span of 15 to 18 years. On the other hand if you have a layered shingle, sometimes referred to as dimensional or architectural shingle. The life span will be 20-30 years or more depending on the manufacturer. We spoke to Curtis Smitley of Louisville KY Roofers and he strongly advises using the Owens Corning brand shingle for roof repair.

Have Your Roof Inspected

If you find yourself facing the choice between repairing your roof, or total roof replacement it would be a good idea to find a reputable roofing company to inspect it. Most roofers here in Louisville will do a free roof inspection for you and provide you with an after inspection condition report. Typically they look at everything associated with your roof, and check each item off on a check sheet listing their conditions as good, fair, or poor. Also an experienced estimator can tell with a fair degree of accuracy how old your roof actually is. And if it’s more economically feasible to replace the roof they can give you a detailed estimate on the cost.

Curtis Smitley On Repairing a Hail Damaged Roofs

It seems like every 3 years or so Louisville KY gets a good hail storm. Normally a hail damaged roof will be entirely replaced by the homeowners insurance company. However Curtis Smitley recommends that it might make good sense if it’s leaking to do a temporary emergency roof repair to stop any water intrusion into the home. Rain water leaking through a damaged roof can cause a entire host of other problems with home. A temporary repair could be as inexpensive as shooting a little roofing sealant into an obvious hole, tear, or gap. Or on the other hand it could call for replacing an entire valley section which could be as high as a thousand dollars. Then sometimes a tarp can be installed over a section of missing shingles until a proper repair or replacement is done.

Positives to Replacing a Roof

If you are in a situation where you need to replace your roof. Look at it as a chance to do a color change, or upgrade to an architectural style shingle that looks better on your home. Also don’t go cheap. You’ll only be inviting more problems in the future.

While your getting estimates ask the estimator to address your roofs ventilation. Most homeowners simply aren’t aware how important ventilation and a well breathing roof really are. A properly ventilated roof will save a considerable sum on energy costs. Also a properly ventilated roof will cause your new roof to last considerably longer.

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Curtis Smitley is an independent blogger, writer, graphic artist, and videographer. His interests are wide ranging and include all aspects of home buying, financing, including remodeling and repairs of existing homes. You can learn more about him at his personal website located at

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