Does my old roof have to be completely removed if there is significant damage?
A severely damaged roof does not always require complete removal, but it can cost less than trying to repair a large area of damage. If the roof is a shingle type, then replacing the new roof over the old can actually be a better choice.
The first advantage is obvious. Constructing a new roof over the old adds a layer of protection. But if the damage is underneath the shingles, placing a new roof on top of the old will only make the problem worse. A professional contractor can assess the entire situation.
It is important to keep in mind that the lifespan of different roofing materials is a major consideration in deciding between roof repair and replacement. If your roof is more than 20 years old, serious consideration should be given to replacement because it is likely it will have to be completely replaced sooner than later.
What needs to be kept in mind during the decision-making process is that this is more than simply repairing a roof. It is an investment in the present comfort and future value of your home, whether you choose to sell it or not. The best effort will produce the best result.
Help Paying for the Roof Repair
The cost of replacing a roof can be expensive. What many homeowners do not realize is that in many cases your insurance company will cover the entire cost. Before starting on the project, contact your insurance company and meet with a representative to discuss if your policy will cover the cost, how much of the total cost will be reimbursed, and the specific reasons you are replacing the roof. When you know the amount the insurance company will reimburse you for, you will be in a better position to discuss costs with a licensed contractor before beginning the work.
Choosing to Do It Yourself
The alternative is to repair the roof yourself. This is not a decision to be made without careful consideration, because should the job be done incorrectly it can cost even more money and potentially cause further damage to the roof, in which case you will have to call a contractor. The person most likely to successfully do the job will be someone who has considerable experience as a do-it-yourselfer or has someone to help and direct through the process.