We’re not going to lie, roofs are expensive. Flat roofs have a tendency to be slightly more affordable than conventional roofs, but even a flat roof can cost thousands in repairs or for a replacement. This is a cost most Canadians won’t take lightly. So when you have a leak or a visibly damaged roof, what do you do? Replace everything or just repair?
Evaluate the Cost.
Sometimes damage is extensive and the repair job to your flat roof isn’t significantly cheaper than the cost of just replacing the roof entirely. In these cases, it may be better to just pay a little more for a brand new roof. While a reputable roofing company should make excellent repairs that don’t create new weak points in your roof, a replacement offers you a clean slate. A new roof will also reset the clock on your next replacement for another 20-30 years.
Is Your Roof a Lemon?
We’ve already mentioned that repairs by a reputable roofer shouldn’t cause new weaknesses in your roof, but the fact is most roof problems are caused by errors during installation or cheap materials. If your flat roof keeps needing repairs year after year, you may need to consider whether something went wrong during the installation. Perhaps the roofing team you hired wasn’t as experienced as you thought. Or maybe the roofing material they suggested wasn’t ideal for your home. Regardless, if your flat roof keeps having problems and the costs are beginning to add up, it may be time to just scrap it and start over.
The Long Term Thinking.
Even the best maintained roof will only last so long. Western Canada has some crazy weather, and a roof can only stand up against all the hail, wind, and rain for so long. Given that your roof’s lifespan is around 20-30 years, if your roof begins leaking on year 17, a repair job may be merely putting off the inevitable.
Choosing whether or not to repair or replace your roof can be challenging. It can be hard to tell which decision will cost you more money in the long run. If a simple repair will give you another 5 or 10 years on your roof, that’s great, but unfortunately, we can’t see the future. The best thing you can do is talk with a roofer you trust and try to make the best decision for your situation. If you need help deciding whether to replace or repair your flat roof, contact the experts at Vanderleek Roofing today.