Roof Repairs vs Reroofing for Vancouver Homeowners and Property Managers

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So, there’s a problem with your roof. Maybe a leak, or loose shingles, or shingles that are curling, or maybe something else. How do Vancouver homeowners know what can be repaired or if they need a complete roof replacement?

Putting these problems off isn’t always an option. Ignoring small roof problems can lead to tons of expensive new ones and sometimes a crisis.

Many homeowners face this question every day and must ask themselves, should I repair my roof now and put off the expensive reroof or should I bite the bullet now and reroof?  Here are some of the pros and cons of each to help you make this decision.

Roof Repair Benefits

  • The cost is significantly lower for a roof repair if you don’t have all the money to cover a full reroof now
  • If it’s a commercial building, a repair avoids the non tax deductible capital expense of a new roof where repairs and  maintenance are 100% tax deductible.
  • Some types of roofs can be repaired and maintained almost indefinitely if put on a proper maintenance schedule. This can put off the large capital expense of a new roof.

If you are selling a building you may not get the full value back for the new roof when you go to sell.  This varies from building to building and area to area.  It would be best to ask your realtor first.

Reroofing Benefits

  • ReroofingPeace of mind that you will not have any leaking issues.
  • By doing the full reroof now, you avoid the extra cost of doing any roof repairs as you will still have to reroof in the future. Why not bite the bullet now and save some money in the long run?
  • You also have to factor in what you are trying to keep dry. If it’s a home with luxurious floors,  expensive cabinets,  an office with electronics, or a warehouse with expensive merchandise – you don’t want to take a chance on a roof leak. These can cause extremely costly damage so in this case reroofing may be your best option.
  • Reroofs always have a warranty, where a roof repair will have a limited warranty if any.
  • Even if a roof is not leaking now, if it has old and brittle shingles they could blow off in a big storm. If you are not willing to have water coming in on the darkest, stormiest night of the year you may want to get the reroof done earlier.

One final factor to help you decide whether to reroof or repair is how long are you going to be living in or using the building.  If you are going to be there for a while and will need to reroof eventually then it makes sense to reroof now. The water that gets in when your roof is on its last days could cause significant damage, not to mention the frustration of the emergency roof repairs needed.  By reroofing you will be getting the work done on your schedule as emergency leaks don’t always consult your schedule…..they occur on long weekends, or Christmas day, or just before your trip away or big meeting.

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On the other hand if you are selling the building in the next year or two then the best option is to repair or acquire a preventative maintenance program.

Whatever Lower Mainland homeowners and/or Property Managers spend now for roof repairs or reroofing should be an investment that saves them piles of cash later. Always be on the lookout for signs of wear and tear on your home or building’s roof. A trusted Vancouver roofing company can help you decide whether your roof needs repairing or replacing.

vancouver-rooferAs a renovator Doug did many rot repairs which gave him a good understanding of where and why buildings leak, and how to prevent it. He realized the need for a different approach to roofing; one that educated the customer enough to make good decisions. With better trained installers and a quality inspection process Absolute Roof Solutions was born…” Read more.

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