How To Know Whether To Repair or Replace Your Roof (Part 1)
Has your roof recently sustained damage, or is it showing signs of wear? When your roof has issues or damage, it can sometimes be hard to tell if you should repair or replace it. Here is some information to help you determine if you should repair or replace your roof: How To Know Whether To Repair or Replace Your Roof
When to Consider Roof Repair
How do you know whether to repair or replace your roof? You should consider repairing your roof if it has small leaks or minor damage, or if it needs preventative maintenance. If the damage is extensive, replacing the roof might be more practical than repairing the problem area(s). Roofing contractors are knowledgeable about fixing small problems without having to remove and replace the whole thing. A good contractor will inspect your roof for damage and create a repair plan that matches your budget and timeline.
You might spot obvious damage, like broken or missing shingles, or your roof might have more subtle signs that it needs to be replaced. Make sure you’re on the lookout for:
- Curled shingles
- Bald spots
- Cracked shingles
- Cracked or split flashing (the material around chimneys and vents)
- Dark spots on the roof surface
- Water stains on the ceiling inside your house
When to Consider A Roof Replacement
When should you consider replacing your roof?
- Your roof is over 20 years old. If this is the case, it may be time to look into a replacement.
- You have multiple layers of shingles on your roof. It’s ideal that you not have more than two layers of shingles on your home at a time. Having multiple layers can trap moisture between the shingles, causing severe damage and creating a potential safety hazard for you and your family.
- You’ve had multiple repairs in the last 10 years. Getting one repair done every four to five years is normal, but if you’ve had several repairs done in the last decade or so, it may be better for you to just replace the entire thing. This goes back to point No. 2: Too many repairs can lead to moisture getting trapped under the shingles and causing them to rot or crack before their time is up—and then you’ll wind up having to pay for more than one repair job anyway!
- Your roof is showing signs of heavy damage or rot (commonly caused by moisture issues). This could mean that it’s no longer structurally sound, leaving you exposed in case something like extreme weather hits your area unexpectedly—which will only cause further harm! Better safe than sorry!