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.
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.
Don McClain , Don McClain Construction,LLC
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.
Emma Dobies, Oakhurst United Methodist Church
JD Contractors offer fair and Honest pricing. They are a respected Contractor in our area.
Jason M Douglas , Terminus Surveying, LLC
Exeptional commercial and residential roofing contractor.
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.
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.
Generally, yes! Most solar panels are either bolted, and or mounted into the existing roofing material. They are also charged with a type of antifreeze. They will have to be removed by a licensed plumber to insure that they are removed and re-installed properly.
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.