Roof Repair vs. roof replacement
The importance of having a roof over your head is commonly stressed in everyday speech, but it’s likely you don’t think too much about this important piece of your home’s structure until a problem surfaces. If a situation does arise with your roof, you may be at a loss regarding the correct response. Below is information that can help you decide if it is acceptable to simply repair the problem or if you should replace the whole roof.
The first thing to consider is the overall age of your roofing material. Every homeowner should know either when their home was originally built or when their roof was last replaced, whichever is more recent. If you are unsure, you can check with your county’s building department to find out when the last roof installation permit was issued for your home. In combination with this, consider the average lifespan of the roofing material. For example, asphalt and cedar shake roofs last about 20 years on average, while metal roofs can last up to 50. One notable exception to this: If you live in an area that suffers from hail storms, please know hail reduces the life expectancy of all types of shingles. Insurance companies recommend having your roof inspected after a hail storm, as severe hail damage will not always be visible to your naked eye.
Next, consider the extent of the damage to your roof. If there are small cracks in the flashing, missing or curling shingles, or minor cracking caused by a small ice damn, it is likely the structure of the roof has not been compromised and it can safely be repaired. On the other hand, if you see granular loss on an asphalt roof, shingles that are wrinkled or buckling, or signs of shingle blistering or rotting, it is likely a full roof replacement is in order.
If you want your roof to have a long life, let Roof-to-Deck Restoration help with our warrantied preventative maintenance, including replacement of damaged shingles and power washing to keep your roof algae-free. Call us today