It is easier to decide between replacing or repairing when we talk about clothing. But will it apply to large complex materials like roofs? It normally takes years before a roof can deteriorate, however, extreme external conditions can bring trouble to the roof and cause further damage. This is why it is important to look for signs of roof damage and immediately take action. Roof repairs are the small, intricate details of the roof which need attention to. It can range from wrong installations which may need major repair to small leaks you can easily repair. On the other hand, replacing the roof is better if it causes damage to the structural integrity of the house. Ask yourself these questions before deciding if you should replace or repair your roof.
- What kind of roof do you have?
Different types of roofs can be better off repaired than replaced, especially for roofs which can be individually repaired, and requires minimal labor. Skylight roofing can be repaired but if the damage is aesthetical, you may want to replace it instead.
- What is the type and extent of the damage?
There are two types of damages done on the roof, either aesthetically or structurally. Moisture damage can make the roof look old and hideous. Structural damage affects how the roof functions and may cost you more if left unattended. The roof may have holes, cracks, punctures, which may cause leaks and structural collapse. If the damage is extensive, or constantly occurring, it may be better for you to replace it altogether.
- When was the roof installed?
Age is a good indicator of when you should replace the roof. Depending on the material and supplier, all types of roofs have a different lifespan, which will help you determine if the material is damaged because of its age, or because it needs repair. If the roof is old, it probably needs replacing.
- How immediate should the action be?
Replacing the roof requires more time compared to small repairs. This causes others to delay roof repairs, in favor of other problems. However, this move is risky because small problems now can cause big ones later. A big storm can cause the water to seep into the interior, and the roof can be flown away by a strong wind. This is why it is important to constantly check your roof.
- How much do you plan to spend?
Budget is placed last on this list because we have the tendency to place the cost of the material at the top of our consideration. However, the list above may help you consider which matters more. Yes, repairing is cheaper than replacing, but if it is an occurring damage, it might be better to replace than repair.
Whichever you choose, it is more important to address the issues immediately. While the damage may be small, turning a blind eye can make the problem significant enough to cost you more and bring more damage. For quality you can trust, choose Duralon polycarbonate sheets. It has a life span of 10-15 years, and is also UV resistant and high impact resistant. You can choose among different types such as solid sheets, twin wall polycarbonate, embossed and corrugated sheet, and corrugated polycarbonate sheet. If you are looking for a polycarbonate supplier, contact us.