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Should You Repair or Replace Your Colorado Springs Roof?

July 27, 2016

In a lot of situations, deciding to replace or repair a roof is a simple one. If you are experiencing isolated leakage in the roof and it is only affecting one small area, then you may want to consider repair instead of roof replacement. If the roof is old and has not been changed in more than a decade, then it may be time to decide on replacing the roof, which would be the obvious choice.

The Budget
Unfortunately for some homeowners, the choice for replacement may not be in their budget at the time when it is most needed and for that reason, it is hard for them to make the decision. In some cases, the ideal choice will rest on the original material that made the roof and not so much the roof damage only. Let’s take a look at roofing materials and the common options of repair or replacement. This will help you to come to an informed decision.

Common Choices of Roofing Material
For homeowners, there are five common materials used on roofs; namely metal, tile, slate, asphalt, and wood. Each one can be replaced or repair upon roof damage. However, they have different life expectancy and different traits that will play an integral role in deciding the cost effective option. Let’s take a closer look at each.
  1. Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles tend to be the most used roofing material in the United States. One of the reasons is that it is cheaper, easy to install and reliable. In the contrary, it has less durability than other roofing materials on the market.
  1. Slate Roof
Slate roofing material is a viable option because of its high level of durability. The appearance may not be for everyone and its high cost may also dent a low budget, but if you can spend the money for the decades of lasting effect, then it will be well worth it.
  1. Metal Roof
Metal roofing material has gained quite a lot of popularity. It is said to be noisy when it rains hard. It is also said to be subject to rusting and has very bad insulation. However, a good metal roofer will provide affordability and durability to the homeowner who wants to opt for this choice.
  1. Tile Roof
Tile roofing material is also very popular, but in specific areas of the nation. It is costly, but durable. Therefore, this could be a great investment to make your home look attractive, subsequently raising the property value also.
  1. Wood Roof
Wood roofing materials is not as popular as in past years. However, it is loved for its aesthetic appearance. One downside is that it requires a lot more maintenance than other roofing materials.

Making the Right Choice
Now that you have an idea of what is involved in each roofing material, you can make a more informed decision. If you have a tile or slate roof, replacement may not be the ideal choice unless these roofing materials are more than seventy years old. In this case, repair may cost less than replacement. Wood roof, on the other hand, may need replacement if it is overly damaged. If replacement is the choice, then it would be more ideal to change the roofing material from wood to a more durable option. Metal roof is longer lasting and will hardly need repair. If you do have damages, then repair would be better than replacement. Lastly, asphalt is one of the most difficult to decide if you should repair or replace. For that reason, it is best to hire a roof repair specialist.

For an estimate in residential roof repair, contact K1 Roofing today. Contact us at or by calling 303-953-8275 during business hours to speak to one of our experienced roofing professionals.