Roof Repair & Roof Replacement
Need roof repair or replacement: want reliable information on how to proceed?
Here are some expert tips to help you make decisions about your roof with confidence.
Your roof protects one of your greatest assets. More importantly, it keeps you and your family safe. So, when you notice curled shingles, leaks, or other damage, you probably want to know what your repair options are.
Deciding on Roof Repair or Replacement
There is a lot to consider when evaluating whether to replace or repair your roof. Making the wrong decision could be very costly. It’s often wise to consult a trusted roofing contractor before proceeding.
Before we dive in, here’s a quick tip.
How Old is Your Roof?
If your roof is at or near the end of its life expectancy, you probably want to consider roof replacement.
Continued repairs to a failing roof could be a tremendous waste of money. You might also miss some underlying problems that result in structural damage, significantly increasing future expenses.
Small Areas of Roof Damage
Wind or debris can cause tears or missing shingles on your roof. Those shingles can be repaired or replaced at a relatively low cost and effort.
If you replace shingles, you may notice that the color doesn’t match exactly. Shingles often fade from exposure to the sun. Speak with your roofing contractor, they may be able to find shingles that blend better.
Minor damage to other roofing material
Damage to metal roofing panels and concrete tile can be tricky and may require the help of an experienced roofing contractor.
Partial Roof Replacement – Larger Areas of Damage
In some cases, it might make sense to “patch” an area of the roof rather than replace the whole roof. Damage to a section, or minor storm damage in several places, are good reasons for a partial re-roof.
Partial roof replacement is usually recommended for damage to newer roofs. If your shingles have been faded by the sun, this may not be the most attractive option.
Here are some additional signs of roof damage you and your contractor should consider while evaluating roof repair or replacement.
- Caused by leaks in roof
- Check attic or crawlspace for leaks in deck
- Check chimney and vents for cracks in flashing
- Check rafters for leaks that travel away from original source
- Check roof for damaged shingles
- Caused by improper installation (on new roof)
- Caused by drying and cracking (on old roof)
- Can sometimes be repaired without replacing roof
- Caused by improper fastening
- Caused by exposure to high winds
- Can usually be replaced individually
- Caused by improperly applied felt (buckling)
- Caused by movement in deck (buckling)
- Caused by under saturation of felt in organic-based shingles (curling)
- Caused by application over wet deck
- Caused by moisture in shingle
- Caused by inadequate ventilation
- Caused by growth of airborne algae deposited on roof
- Unsightly appearance does not affect the service life of the material
- Common problem in warm, humid climates
- Algae resistant shingles available regionally
- On newly applied shingles, a certain number of loose granules is normal
- On aging shingles, missing granules indicate need for replacement
If you have roof damage and decide to repair your roof, you should do it as soon as possible. Water that gets under the roofing material does not dry out. The continual dampness causes the decking material and structural wood to rot and promotes the growth of mildew.
Roof Replacement Cost
When you’re deciding on roof repair or replacement, the cost is a major factor. As you can imagine, roof repair is normally less expensive. But keeping up with a failing roof will hurt your budget too, especially if roofing structures become damaged by leaks, etc.
Work with your contractor to confidently weigh costs and options.
Benefits of a New Roof
The initial cost is more for a new roof, but increased home value, reliability, and these benefits make it a good option.
- Energy Efficiency: Saving money on energy costs, as much as $500 per year in some cases, is always a welcome benefit. Deflect UV rays and keep heat and A/C in.
- Curb appeal: You want your home to look good. A new roof adds a polished look to your house and a little style and flair too.
- Increased resale value: If you’re selling your house in the next few years, a new roof will add to the sales price and give the buyer added confidence.
- Peace of mind: Feel safe and protect your belongings from the elements during heavy rains and high winds.
Why JD Contractors?
JD Contractors has been a trusted roofing company in the Tampa, St. Petersburg area for over 30years. A certified installer of most residential and commercial roofing systems, JD Contractors does the job right. Courteous, professional service by expertly trained crew members.
See what our customers have to say
Solid local company, does great work.
Those of us who had met with any member of your staff were very impressed, far beyond any other roofers we had dealt with (some of whom were just not honest among other things). We felt your work was excellent, customer service was superb, your staff was courteous and professional, you went out of your way to accommodate us on more than one occasion due to our special circumstances, etc.
JD Contractors offer fair and Honest pricing. They are a respected Contractor in our area.
Exeptional commercial and residential roofing contractor.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED A NEW ROOF?jdm_admin2021-01-14T15:30:22+00:00
By performing a visual inspection you can tell if a roof is worn, peeling, cracked, old and most obviously leaking. If leaking is occurring but not yet noticeable, sometimes stains will appear on ceilings, indicating a roof leak.
Eight Signs of a Troubled Roof
DO YOU KEEP THE PROPERTY CLEAN? WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE OLD ROOFING DEBRIS?jdm_admin2021-01-26T16:21:50+00:00
Cleanliness is important to us. We clean the job up daily, tarp all bushes, lawns, and shrubbery as needed. We take pride in the clean-up, treating your home like it was our own.
Our crews recycle as much of the old roofing material as possible, they dispose of the remaining debris under local regulations.
DO I NEED A NEW ROOF OR JUST A REPAIR?jdm_admin2021-01-14T15:32:07+00:00
If your roof looks to be in good shape, it can probably be repaired. If your roof is past its life expectancy and is obviously on its last leg. then you probably need a completely new roof.
- Shake or wood shingle roofs rule of thumb last 20 to 25 years.
- Composition shingles Three tab last from 12 to 20 years.
- Cap sheet roofs, hot mop, torch down, or cold application last 8 to 12 years.
- Rock roofs last 12 to 15 years.
- Repairs can start as low as $150, making them very cost effective.
These are all approximates.
HOW MUCH DOES A NEW ROOF COST?jdm_admin2021-01-26T16:06:04+00:00
We’d love to quote you a price right now. Unfortunately, there are many factors to consider before we can do that. Contact us for a free quote and we’ll be able to answer all your questions.
Prices depend on Square footage, Pitch of roof, Accessibility, one or two stories, type of roofing material, removal of old roof (s), whether re-sheeting is necessary, sheet metal if any, roof permit and city license. These are all contributing factors to a roof price.
CAN I INSTALL A NEW ROOF OVER THE EXISTING ROOF ?jdm_admin2021-01-14T15:13:30+00:00
NO! This is not only against our company policy but not at all a good idea in Florida with the hurricanes and extremely hot and humid weather that we have.
DO MY SOLAR PANELS NEED TO BE REMOVED TO INSTALL A NEW ROOF ?jdm_admin2021-01-14T17:12:21+00:00
WE’D LOVE TO HELP
Hopefully, we’ve helped you become more at ease with your decision about roof repair and replacement. We’d be happy to help guide you further through the process. Contact us with your questions or to make an appointment for an estimate.