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When it comes time to renovate the home, an old or deteriorating roof should be top on the list of things to replace. As Union County roofers can attest, replacing or repairing an aging roof is one of the most secure investments a homeowner can make. However, before calling a roofing contractor, there are a few things that homeowners should consider.

The first question to ask is, should the roof be replaced completely, or can it be repaired? Overlayment on a roof's current structure is the quickest, cheapest, and most convenient way to repair a damaged roof. However, adding a second layer of roofing material could overload the roofing structure with excessive weight and may void any warranty the roof structure has. Building codes limit the amount of times new roofing material can be placed over existing building material.

On the other hand, doing a complete tear off is expensive, can be time consuming, and can bring with it its own complications. On the positive side, tearing off old roofing material will give the contractor a chance to examine the roofing structure. Any wood rot, holes, or damage can then be repaired.

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Roof damage can only be ignored for so long until it begins to affect the structure of the home. Individuals looking to sell their home will want to pay special attention to roofing renovations, as these will make their property more appealing to prospective buyers. Having a roof that was recently replaced or repaired is a good negotiation point that can allow homeowners to increase the price they ask for their home.

The best way for homeowners to know when they should have roofing repairs done is by speaking to a roofing contractor. They will conduct a thorough investigation of the roof. Based on this, they will be able to provide the homeowner with a detailed diagnostic of the condition of their roof. Some signs that they will look for are missing or cracked shingles, shingles that have missing granules, and roof leaks. During the inspection, they can also search for algae, moss, and mold growth, especially in parts of the roof that are exposed to high levels of moisture and very little sunlight.

Roofing repairs are not something that should be postponed. The longer a homeowner procrastinates, the more sensitive the roofing structure becomes and the higher the chance that minor roofing problems turn into an expensive and time consuming roofing emergency.

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