Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof? (Part 2)
If you live in the United States and your home is more than 10 years old, there’s a good chance that a new roof will be necessary at some point. After all, when was the last time you replaced your car? Or had a checkup? Your gutters might need cleaning out or repair, but they won’t be replaced unless they’re actually broken. Routine maintenance is key when it comes to keeping things working properly for as long as possible. But what about roofs? Shouldn’t they be repaired instead of replaced if possible?
Is there hail damage?
Hail damage is a common problem for homeowners during hail storms. Hail can cause dents, cracks and holes in the roofing material that can result in leaks, which could lead to other issues. The impact of hail hitting your home can also cause the roof to sag or collapse. If you want to know if there are any signs of hail damage on your roof so that you may make repairs before it becomes too severe, here are a few indicators:
- Large amounts of dents along the ridge line
- Cracks visible only from inside the attic space
- Sagging shingles
Have recent storms damaged your roof?
If you live in a region that experiences frequent and severe storms, your roof may need to be replaced more often than one located in an area with milder weather. If your home has been severely damaged by recent storms, you should consider replacing the roof. However, if the damage is only moderate and can be repaired easily, then repairing rather than replacing your roof might be a better option since it will cost less and take less time.
Has there been a previous claim on this roof?
If your home has been damaged by hail or wind, it’s likely that the damage has been done to the roof. This can be a good indicator that there are problems with your roof, but it’s not necessarily an absolute.
For example, if you’ve had a claim on this particular home in the past and had hail damage repaired by your insurance company, but there was no visible damage when you removed the shingles after repairs were complete (which would have required removing all shingles), then it’s possible that there may be underlying issues with your roof. If so, those can then be addressed during a repair project rather than having them go unnoticed until they cause significant damage down the road.
Are there any leaks or other signs of moisture damage inside your home?
If there are signs of moisture or water damage inside your house, such as stains on the ceiling, walls, or floors, it’s time to replace your roof. This can be caused by a leaky roof or one that has been worn down by harsh weather conditions over time.
Water damage is never good for a home—it can lead to mold growth which can be unhealthy for you and your family and cause structural damage in addition to cosmetic issues like stained ceilings.
If the answer to most of these questions is “yes,” then it’s time to replace your roof.
The roof is the most important part of your home. If a storm comes along, it’s your roof that protects you from the elements. Not only does a good roof keep rain, hail and other weather events out of your living space, but it also prevents water leaks when those same storms roll through.
If you’re thinking about replacing your roof because it’s old or damaged (and we recommend regular inspections to ensure that this isn’t necessary), then here is a question to ask yourself:
Do I want something new? There’s no reason not to go with something new if that’s what works best for you and your family. Consider how much time has passed since any repairs were made; if they were done recently and there are no signs of damage, then perhaps repairing would be more cost effective than replacing altogether!
If you’re thinking about a new roof, we hope this post has helped you make an informed decision. We know there are many options out there, and it can be overwhelming when trying to decide what’s best for your home. But if the answer to most of these questions is “yes,” then it’s time to replace your roof—and our experienced contractors have all the tools and expertise necessary to do so quickly and effectively.