How To Know Whether To Repair or Replace Your Roof (Part 2)
Has your roof sustained damage recently, or is it beginning to show symptoms of wear? When your roof has problems or damage, deciding whether to repair or replace it can be difficult. Here’s some information to help you decide whether your roof should be repaired or replaced:
The Age of Your Roof
As a rule, you should plan to replace your roof every twenty years or so. If your roof is nearing that age, you should have it inspected by a professional roofer to be sure it doesn’t have any damage that would necessitate early replacement. If it’s more than twenty years old and has serious problems, the best thing to do is to find a reputable roofing company to get an estimate on replacing it instead of trying to repair it.
How Many Layers of Shingles Do You Have on Your Roof?
Having two layers of shingles on your roof isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you need to put a third layer on, it might be time to replace your roof.
- Some roofs are unable to support the weight of three shingle layers.
- Adding another layer may crack the existing two layers. This could be dangerous because it allows water to seep into the cracks and leak into your home.
- A third layer also means you won’t get a good seal on the roof, which can allow water in through gaps in the flashing and shingles.
- You may need to replace the roof deck itself if there is obvious damage from rot or leaks that cannot be repaired with flashing and caulk.
How Many Times Has Your Roof Been Repaired?
If your roof has been repaired several times over the years, it may be time for a replacement. You may also want to consider replacing your roof if you’ve had to repair it more than once in the last few years. In either of these cases, a full replacement will likely cost less in the long run than repairing it again
If you aren’t sure whether you need roof repair or a roof replacement, you may want to consider hiring a local roofer for an inspection. A professional will have the experience and expertise to accurately assess your current roof condition, tell you how much longer it will be able to hold up, and recommend the next steps.
When choosing a local roofing company to inspect your home’s roof, look for one that offers unbiased advice on the best course of action (e.g., repairs versus replacement), as well as options for both repair and replacement if appropriate. Avoid contractors who attempt to make a sale before they conduct an inspection or those that offer only one option (e.g., replacement) without considering your specific needs or budget. To ensure peace of mind with your decision, look for a contractor that offers solid warranties on products and labor, as well as quality workmanship by trained professionals at all times.