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Is It Better to Replace a Roof or Get a New One?

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If you need roof repair, should you consider just scraping the roof or replacing the roofing? We will try to go over some of the key decisions you should make when looking to either replace or get a new roof entirely.

Replacing Your Roof

Pro – It could be cost effective depending on the material you buy.

Pro – It is far easier to install a replaceable roof or recyclable shingles (if you have that type of roof) than to install them brand new.

Pro – An energy star roof only needs to be replaced every 50 years, so replacing your roof with energy star appropriate shingles, could save you a lot of money.

Pro – You might find leaks or cracks that you had never found before and when you seal them up, you could save a ton of energy and heating during the winter.

Con – Some materials will cost far more than if you were to buy a new roof depending on the type of roof you have.

Con – It is a painstaking task that can take a long time if you do not quite know what you are doing or do not have a professional who can come over and help you do it.

Con – Depending on the type of roof you have, your home might have a material that does hard to find or is very expensive which makes replacing it a complete hassle.

Con – It is more energy efficient to buy a new roof and to seal it down tighter so that you are not allowing leaking air or cold air in during the winter.

Getting a New Roof

Pro – You could be more efficient with a brand new roof if your current roof is out of date or is not completely energy efficient.

Pro – Sometimes it is far easier to scrap your entire roof and to build a new one depending on the material that is attached to your roof.

Pro – You might find things that were costing you money that you had never seen before such as leak in the walls or roof where your roof was hiding them.

Pro – Depending on the situation, your budget and the type of material you have, it might be more cost effective to purchase a brand new roof over getting all of those materials to replace one.

Con – You have to find someone who can install the roof if you cannot do it yourself.

Con – While it might be more cost effective, this is not always the case. If your roof is rather old, you’ll be paying far more for new roofing supplies if you’re getting star energy approved roofing or metal roofing.

Con – Sometimes it is not necessary to replace a roof and some people overestimate when their due for a new roof. You might be wasting your money.

Con – You’re going to have far more material show up at your door or to pick up if you build a new roof rather than just replacing the problem spots with your old roof and touching up on some cracks and missing shingles.

Author Bio: Chuck Henry works for www.roof.net one of the top roof repair companies in the Northern Virginia area.

Updated: November 12, 2012 — 11:55 pm

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