When your roof is damaged or fatigued to the point of leaking, a decision to repair or replace it needs to be made. You may be surprised to learn that many times—with proper repairs—a roof can be restored to provide many years of additional service.
In choosing between repair and replacement you need to consider how old the roof is and the type of roof that’s in place (some roofing materials last longer than others).
Remember, water is persistent and it can travel quite a distance before you see it showing up on your ceiling. By the time you notice it in the interior, the actual roof could have already been leaking for weeks or months.
In this blog post, we’ll detail what you need to do once a roofing issue is noticed immediately. We’ll also go through the ideal thought process behind the “Repair or Replace?” scenario.
What should you do when you notice an issue?
It’s important to call a roofing contractor as soon as you notice a problem—the earlier the problem is dealt with, the smaller and less expensive the repair will be.
So, let’s look at the four immediate steps you MUST take when you spot a roof leak in order to save a small fortune from the damage that can occur within the first few hours after detection.
Immediate Step #1: First and foremost, be very careful when you’ve suffered a water leak. Water coming in contact with electricity can be deadly. And floors can be especially slippery, so be extra careful when walking around.
Immediate Step #2: Stop the source of the leak. If you haven’t been able to locate the source of the water leak and/or been able to stop the leak, call someone immediately so they can guide you through this very important and time-sensitive step as best as possible over the phone.
Immediate Step #3: If the leak has been temporarily stopped, call a reputable roofing contractor so they can permanently stop your leak as quickly as possible. If they happen to be swamped with calls for leak repairs because of a bad storm, get someone who will promise to at least provide you with a temporary leak repair until they can return and provide a permanent solution.
Immediate Step #4: Remove furniture that is currently on wet flooring— or even near wet flooring—since most furniture can permanently stain wet carpet if left on top of it. But this expensive problem can be eliminated simply by removing furniture as soon as possible, or by at least placing some dry plastic under furniture legs. The need to take immediate action is very important.
When it comes to repairing or replacing your roof, making one wrong decision can inconvenience you and your family for weeks, not to mention cost you thousands of dollars in unnecessary work.
Added Value to Your Home – Repair or Replace?
When making the major decision to repair or replace your roof, don’t forget the cost vs. value estimates. If part of making the decision to replace your roof rests in the return you will place in your pocket at the sale of your home, ask your real estate agent about home prices for your
Surprisingly, the return you receive on the sale of your home in our area is quite high. Have you
ever heard the statement “location, location, location?” The return most homeowners receive on a major remodeling project runs about 80-96%.
Determining the percentage you recoup after a remodeling project (in this case roof replacement), is based on factors such as the condition of your current home (as well as homes in your area) and whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural setting.
Check with your local realtor to verify the return that you can expect when replacing the roof on your home.
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