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Do I Need To Repair Or Replace My Roof?

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You’re probably aware that your roof is one of the most important – and costly – parts of your home, and that it doesn’t have an unlimited lifespan. Over time, your roof will deteriorate, and you will eventually need roof repairs or a roof replacement. But what’s right for you? What are the signs that you need a roof repair or replacement? Our experts can guide you through the choice of getting a repair or replacement for your roof.

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Signs That Your Roof Needs Attention – Catch Issues Early!

Repairing a roof is much cheaper than replacing the whole thing – so one of the most important things you can do is be on the lookout for signs that your roof is failing or leaking. You should look for:

  • Moisture in your home – If you see brown stains or moisture marks inside your home, paint peeling, moisture in your attic, and other such signs of moisture, this could be a sign that your roof is leaking, and needs to be repaired.
  • Missing or damaged shingles – Over time, shingles will deteriorate. Periodically, you should check your roof for split, torn, curled, loose, or missing shingles. Even losing a few shingles from one area of the roof can cause a leak, and result in extensive moisture damage.
  • Damage from recent weather events – After a tornado, severe thunderstorm or windstorm, hail, hurricane winds or other such weather events, you should take a look at your roof to recognize signs of damage.

Read also: Homeowner's Guide to Roof Leak Repair

Signs You know it’s time to REPLACE your roof

  1. Is the initial small damage really a result of poor workmanship?
    • A whole roof could be installed poorly, for example, if the contractor nailed the shingles incorrectly. This type of poor workmanship will result in having the shingles blown off by high winds. If it happens in one area of your roof because of poor workmanship, it is highly possible to continue happening in other partitions of your roof. So make sure that the inspector knows exactly WHY the damage occurred.
  2. Let us know the age of the roof and/or home to assess the damage.
    • When a roof reaches the end of its useful life, problems will start to occur. Typically you might see a leak resulting in one area at the moment, but since the whole roof is aging there will most certainly be other areas about to start leaking in the same way. One common issue with aging roofs is that the shingle becomes thin and loses granules. As a result, nails are able to push up through the shingle easier and create what we call in roofing lingo a 'popped nail'.
  3. Look at the cost of the repair versus the cost of a roof replacement.
    • The most labor intensive part of installing a roof will be things like the flashings and the detailed work. Typically the flashing and details are also the portions where it is most common to see poor workmanship. For example, a roof shingle might be in good condition but all the walls and valleys were installed wrong. As a result, the roof is leaking and the cost of replacing all those valleys and wall flashings can easily become two-thirds what a whole roof would cost.

Do I Need A Roof Repair Or Replacement? 3 questions To Ask Yourself

You may be wondering whether you can simply repair a leaky roof, or if you need to completely replace your roof. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself that may help you determine the answer.

  1. How much of the roof is affected? If only a small number of shingles are damaged, you can likely just repair it. However, if 30% or more of the shingles are damaged, destroyed or faulty, it will likely be a better option to replace the roof.
  2. How extensive is the underlying damage? Our pros can gauge the extent of the damage by assessing the amount of moisture damage and even pulling back the layers to reveal the underlying roof structure. While minor moisture damage is not as much of a concern, you can be sure that we will do everything possible to work with the existing structure.
  3. How old is your roof? Different roofing materials have different lifespans. Asphalt shingles, which are the most common roofing material in America last for 20 to 40 years depending on the quality of installation and the type of shingle. If your roof is approaching this age, it may be more prone to leaks and other issues, and you may want to consider replacing it, rather than just repairing the damaged areas.

Related: Top Signs you Need a New Roof by RoofCalc

Still Not Sure What’s Right For You? Contact A Professional Roof Replacement Team!

The best way to know if a repair or a replacement is right for your roof is to talk to a local, experienced roofing team, and schedule an inspection. So don’t wait. Take action to protect your roof and your home today.

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