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Roof Repair vs Roof Replacement – Which Should I Choose

repair or replace roof in Lakeland FLOur expert roofers offer roof repair services and roof replacement for Lakeland, FL, Plant City FL, Bartow FL, Winter Haven FL, Auburndale FL and all of Polk County

Making the right decision regarding your roof maintenance will ensure that your roof is at its optimal performance and that it will properly protect you, your family, and your valuables from the harsh environmental elements. If you want to minimize both short-term AND long-term costs related to roofing upkeep, than there are some important decisions you should consider.

When you notice some damage to your roof, you may wonder if a repair job will be a good fix, or if a partial or complete roof replacement is in order. While you may be tempted to do the least costly alternative first, this could actually end up costing you dearly in the long run. Speak with our roofing experts serving Lakeland FL, Bartow FL, Auburndale FL, and Winter Haven FL, to learn more about our roof repair and roof replacement services.

Here’s a look at the different services and the pros & cons of each.

 

Roof Repair

replace roof in lakeland and winter haven flIf your roof lost shingles due to high winds, storm damage, or a fallen tree limb, replacing shingles is a relatively easy & affordable way to repair immediate & visible roof damage. Any shingles that have been torn or bent can be removed and new shingles can be added to the area. However, unless your roof is new and you just happen to have some spare shingles laying around, the new shingle “patch” may not match the existing roof. As long as there is no extensive damage or unseen critical issues, this could be an acceptable fix that could help extend the life of your current roof for several years, but be prepared to live with a prominent roof patch. Bear in mind however that your roof is really a “Roof System” that is designed to be a sealed system. Any time that waterproof roofing system is patched it needs to be done by a fully qualified roofing contractor. Otherwise, what “looks” like a good fix may actually be an open invitation to more damage.

Partial Roof Replacement

If your roof has sustained more significant damage but it is confined to one area or side of the roof, then a partial reroofing service is an option. A partial roof replacement will cost less than a full roof replacement and reroofing an entire section will make it easier to blend the new materials in with the old roof.

It’s important to note that counter to popular belief, partial roof replacements are more expensive on a cost per square foot basis. It can sometimes be more complicated to repair a small area than the whole roof since the roof is really an entire sealed system. Any time that system is broken due to damage, a simple repair or partial roof replacement will not usually guarantee that other parts of the roof won’t fail a short time later. Any partial roof replacement or roof repair must be done by the most qualified roofers in order to integrate the new repair into the existing roof system so that it maintains the overall integrity of the roofing system.

Complete Roof Replacement

repair-replaceIf your roof has experienced serious damage or is showing signs of wear, a complete roof replacement might be in order. Even if only part of your roof is worn, it’s wise to consider having the entire system redone. As mentioned before, it can actually be cheaper per square foot to do the whole roof at once than to do one area at a time. It’s also important to note that on many occasions, there will be hidden damage to the roof deck or truss system that can go unnoticed. In order to save homeowners the money & hassle of repairing a roof again after just a few years, the professional roofing experts of Romeo’s may recommend a full roof replacement so your money does not go to waste.

Any projects that involve the roof can be a big expense, but if completed correctly and by the right professionals, should last you for decades. If you make the right choices regarding your roof repair / roof replacement, you will have one less thing to worry about, not to mention, you will save yourself money in the long run!