Multi-Family Roof Repair vs. Replacement

If you’re a multi-family property owner, you may reach a point where you’ll have to weigh your roof repair and replacement options. While repair may seem like the budget-friendly choice, it’s not always the most cost-effective one. As a multi-family roof repair company in Dallas, TX, committed to putting customers first, we’re always willing to offer useful insights. Consider these tips when deciding between roof repair and replacement.

When Roof Repair Is the Best Option

With a roof that’s fairy new (less than ten years old) without a history of repair issues, it usually makes sense to go with repairs. An exception would be extensive storm damage that goes beyond the surface and affects multiple areas. Repairs can be coupled with corrections to other minor issues with a roof, including clogged or damaged gutters, replacement or repair of fascia boards, and the replacement of old or worn flashing (protective materials around chimneys and other roof protrusions). 

Whether or not repair makes sense will also depend on how much of a roof is affected. For instance, a roof that was only damaged in one specific area may not need replaced entirely if there are no other issues elsewhere. The most common repairs performed on roofs include:

  • Leaks(90-95 percent occur around flashing, according to GAF Materials Corp.)
  • Blown- Off or loose shingles
  • Ponding water due to insufficient protective measures
  • Punctures or penetrations relegated to a single area

When Roof Replacement Is the Better Choice

Roof replacement doesn’t necessarily mean completely tearing off an existing roof and starting over from scratch. If there are no problems with your roof deck and no signs of other issues with your roof’s structure other than worn or damaged shingles, a re-roof may be recommended. It’s an approach to replacement that involves placing new shingles over existing ones. However, only so many layers of shingles can be safely added to a roof.

Shingles that are curling upwards may mean there are leaks underneath the surface or that water is getting into parts of a roof where it shouldn’t be going. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, roofs with curled shingles often need to be replaced within 1-5 years. Complete replacement is typically recommended when:

  • Damage extends below a roof’s surface layer
  • Repairs are becoming increasingly frequent
  • Bald spots are showing up where granules( materials that provide added protection to a roof) are missing
  • A roof is more than 20- 25 years old or has undergone too many re-roofs to make re-roofing a safe option again
  • An existing roof was poorly installed or not installed according to code

Still Not Sure?

If you still can’t decide between repair and replacement, give us a call. As a multi-family roof repair company in Dallas, TX, we’re familiar with the conditions common among roofs in the area. We’ll perform an assessment of the roofs on your properties and offer suggestions on what options will provide the most overall value.

Even though replacement is a bigger investment, you’ll likely see long-term benefits with fewer repair needs and increased energy efficiency from higher quality materials, especially when older roofs are replaced. If repairs are more cost-effective, we’ll tell you that, too.

J National is a multi-family roof repair company in Dallas, TX, with nearly two decades of experience in the residential, commercial, and multi-family contractor business. We’re fully licensed and insured and prepared to complete roof replacements and repairs as quickly and affordability as possible. Contact us today to schedule an assessment of your multi-family property roofs and receive an estimate.


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