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Friday, November 09 2018
Roof Replacement vs. DIY Roof Repair - Which is Better Overall?

Realizing your roof needs repair is never something a homeowner wants to hear. Roofs are expensive, and can be a strain on any household’s budget. Because the roof is such an integral part of keeping your home safe, it is imperative to get your roof fixed as soon as possible. 

This opens up the question, however, of just how you should go about addressing your roof’s problems. If the problem is localized, or you have just recently installed or replaced your roof, you may be tempted to repair your roof on your own. Except in specialized cases, however, opting to replace your roof instead will ultimately be the better option for you in the long run.

When to Fix the Problem Yourself 

There are some smaller problems that can be feasibly addressed by you, the homeowner. If you recently had a strong storm that blew off a few shingles, it may be well within your purview to replace those shingles yourself. Roofing shingles can easily be purchased from your local hardware store, and come with fairly simple instructions on how to install them yourself.

You may even have kept a few shingles from your original roof, which can also be used to replace missing shingles. Your roof is subject to the elements, though, so weathering and time will usually have caused a color change in your shingles. This typically causes the replacement shingles to not match the existing roof, which can make the repair quite obvious. However, if the missing shingles are in a fairly unobtrusive location, you can usually get away with replacing these shingles yourself. 

When to Hire a Professional

More often than not, it would be better to contact a professional roofer to address any problems you may have. While a problem may appear simple at first glance, these “easy” repair jobs can often be indicative of a larger problem. By hiring a professional to repair or replace your roof, you can feel satisfied knowing that someone with experience in what to look for is addressing your roof’s needs. 

It may suit your needs to replace your roof instead of just repairing it. There are a few aspects to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your roof, including the extent of the damage, the location of the damage, and the age of the roof. More often than not, replacing the roof instead of repairing it will save you money in the long run. While the shorter-term cost will be less, the cost-per-square-foot of a partial replacement or repair is often more than a complete replacement.

Furthermore, replacing an older roof will allow you to have a full roof inspection, as well as upgrade your roof to the newest materials, which will ultimately save you money in the long run.  

Getting Started

Once you have decided that a professional roof replacement is the right option for you, we would be happy to speak with you regarding your roofing project. Hiring a professional is the right choice because it is the safest and most long-term cost-effective solution. 

We would be happy to explore all your roofing needs with a free consultation. If you are ready to get started, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by contacting us via our easy online form or by calling us at (239) 694-1056. We look forward to hearing from you.

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    Montgomery Winslow Roofing Experts
    PO Box 50338
    Fort Myers, FL 33994
    Phone: 239-694-1056
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