When to Have Roofing Repairs and Replacements: The Most Accurate Assessment Method

Your Littleton, CO home is leaking, and you remember its age has gone beyond the 15-year mark. However, your roofing manufacturer gave you assurances it can last beyond 30 years. It has never undergone a full-blown repair, only regular maintenance routines. Therefore, roof repair services are the best option clearly.

However, if we change the problem from leaking to blistering, missing shingles, and wind damage, the problem clearly needs a roofing replacement service due to the massive destruction it already faced.

One unique situation: your roof has so many leaks during the rainy season but suffers from zero problems during spring and summer. This case challenges Littleton, CO homeowners, about deciding whether to have repairs or replacements.

One good rule of thumb reputable Littleton, CO roofers advise their client residents is the 50% repair expense threshold. If the entire roof's repair costs have exceeded 50% of the replacement service cost you can have, then it's better to have the latter service instead.

While it isn't a clear-cut case since the majority of significantly-damaged roofs can live well and long after some repairs, it helps you gauge whether the repair is worth a try or if a new roof investment gives you much more benefit.

Reputable roofing manufacturer Owens Corning has a great article on calculating your total roof replacement cost. Many roofers abide by these principles too. Read more about it below.

14 Key Factors That Impact the Cost of a New Roof

Every roof is unique and requires a trusted, professional roofing contractor to thoroughly inspect and provide an estimate that is specific to your roof’s needs.

While you might want to multiply the size of your roof by an estimated number for the cost of roofing materials and labor, this is an oversimplified calculation that leaves out many critical factors that can impact the total cost of your roofing project.

Roof Size

The size of your home’s roof directly impacts its replacement cost. The more surface area you must cover, the more materials you’re going to need, including OSB/plywood, underlayment, and shingles.

Roof Square Footage

The square footage of your home is not the same as the square footage of your roof, although you can use that figure as a starting point.

Your home’s square footage, frequently listed during a sale or appraisal, is a sum of all gross living areas. It includes each level of a house with multiple stories, but it usually doesn’t account for garage space, basements, and interior walls.

The roof square footage, on the other hand, includes all covered living spaces along with:

  • Garages
  • Walkways
  • Overhangs
  • Lanais, and
  • Front entryways

You can get a rough idea of how large your roof is in square feet by multiplying the length (in feet) by width (in feet) of all flat planes and adding them together. All measurements should run to the edge of each surface, so that they include any areas that jut out beyond the side of the house (like eaves or overhangs). (Continue reading here)

If you have yet to find a dependable roofer to work with, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing. Message or call us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.

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