To Replace or Repair: How To Handle Roof Damage

If the latest storm in Edmond, OK left your roof with shingle damage, some repair work is going to be necessary. The first decision you are probably going to have to make is whether to repair the existing roof or replace it altogether. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, but there are several factors that can help you ultimately determine which is better in your specific situation.

The Benefits of Replacing Your Roof

Your gut reaction to the choice between repairing and replacing your roof may be to assume repair is the better option. There are several reasons, however, that replacement may make more sense:

-Repair extensive damage
-Upgrade materials
-Increase property value

The labor costs on repairing extensive roof damage may be just as much if not more than just replacing the roof. As long as you're replacing it anyway, you can take the opportunity to upgrade from asphalt or wood shingles to a more durable and cost effective metal roof. If you are thinking of selling your home within the next few years, you may even consider a tile or slate roof as an added incentive to potential buyers.

The Benefits of Repairing Your Roof

A little shingle damage can often be repaired with relatively little time and cost. Experienced roofers can tell you whether there is water damage under the shingles that requires larger portions to be removed and repaired. Metal roofs can often be repaired quickly, and the repairs will not easily be undone by another storm. Even if your slate or tile roof has a lot of damage, it may still be more cost effective to repair it than to replace the whole thing.

Sometimes you can remedy shingle damage with spot repairs, and sometimes you need a complete roof replacement. The experts at Lewis Roofing can help you figure out which service meets your needs better.

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