Do You Need Roof Repair or Replacement?
As the owner of a property – be it residential, commercial, governmental, institutional, or industrial – you have a responsibility to maintain and repair the structure whenever occasion demands. These steps can be proactive, in the case of a maintenance program, or reactive as would be expected when a roof collapses. No matter how your roof was damaged, you’re currently in need of a professional opinion and that opinion could end up costing far more than you want to pay. It all depends on whether you need a repair or replacement.
Before you call the professionals, it may be a good idea to ascertain the level of damage for yourself. This will give you a personal frame of reference when speaking with your roofing company, and may even save you from unnecessary recommendations from a less-than-honest roofer. What you need to do is see what the circumstances are and begin to make some educated decisions.
The first thing you need to decide is whether or not your roof needs a simple repair or a replacement, reroof or brand new installation. Either way, there are going to be costs associated with the project. Issues with your residential shingles are a relatively inexpensive fix, but if you have plans on selling your home anytime in the future, you should be careful to order the exact same shingles as the existing ones so as to maintain the aesthetics of the structure. Ask your contractor or the salesman at your home improvement store to do their best to match the existing shingles. After all, nothing says “DIY” like a big discolored group of shingles on a roof.
If your roof has suffered damage beyond just the shingles or first layer of material, but confined to a single section of your roof, you may be safe with a partial reroofing job. This could save time and money and make blending the roofing much easier due to the larger section of new material. It’s important to note, however, that partial reroofing projects can be more expensive on a per-square-foot basis. It can also create its own additional problems for your structure, especially in built-up roofing, due to the added weight and possible hump formed by the addition of new material.
Any time you have to call a contracting firm for roofing work, it may be in your best interests to look at the installation of a whole new roof. This is obviously not the case if your roof needs only minor repairs, but if you’re looking at significant damages a new roof may be the most cost-effective solution you can find. Why? Well, now your roof has different products with different warranties and different ages and on and on. Having your entire roof under the same umbrella, so to speak, is never a bad idea. When thinking of future costs, it may even be the most responsible choice you can make for your property.
Depending upon what’s underneath your roofing, a new roof may be the only option you have. Law prohibits the layering of roofing any more than twice, so adding a third layer is impossible. Even if you do it yourself, the home will not be sellable due to the roofing being in violation of codes and ordinances. This means a tear-off and reroofing job has to be completed before any sale can proceed. You’re far better served by giving a professional roofing contracting firm, like Chicago Roofing Solutions, the go ahead on a new roof installation.
When installing a new roof, it’s important to note the condition of your roof decking while it is accessible. If you spot any signs of damage you need to correct and repair it before finalizing the roof construction. This could potentially save you thousands of dollars down the road, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity when it presents itself. It doesn’t hurt that a licensed professional is onsite as well. This gives you the best chance to get the needed repairs folded into the roofing costs already associated with your project.
Taking the opportunity to handle all of your roofing issues at one time will definitely save you frustration and time, and, perhaps, a good deal of money too. So, why not call a great company like Chicago Roofing Solutions today for a no-obligation, hassle-free estimate for your specific roofing needs. Our crews are prompt and professional and all of our work is backed up by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. What do you have to lose? Call us today at (312) 588-6969.