Sooner or later, every roof needs to be replaced, usually due to the long-term effects of weathering. Generally speaking, any residential roof more than 20 years old is likely a prime candidate for re-roofing. Missing shingles, holes, bare spots, curling shingles, cracks, and even dark streaks are all signs which show the integrity of your roof has been compromised. It is no longer protecting your family to its fullest potential.
Some simple roof repair jobs involve an easy shingle replacement or small patch job and can be completed in a day. If you have significant repairs, it’s always worth it to compare the cost-effectiveness of a full installation rather than making costly repairs to a roof that will likely need to be replaced soon.
Consider these factors when deciding between a repair or roof replacement:
Age: Most residential homes use asphalt shingles that have a lifespan of approximately 20 years, depending on the quality of initial installation, weather patterns, and roof slope. If the roof is more than 20 years old, it’s probably time to replace it.
Leak Locations: If you have an isolated leak in one specific area, a patch job will get it fixed easily and quickly. If you have multiple leaks that have spread across the surface, it might be time to replace them.
Selling Your Home: If you have roof issues and are looking to sell your home in the next few years, consider replacing the roof before you list your home. Roof issues will come up in a home inspection, and you may be required to fix or replace them. If you have only a few trouble spots, but the rest of the roof is in good condition, a repair job might suffice. The best way to determine this is to have an expert inspection completed first.
Valleys and Chimneys: If shingles in the valleys of your roof are damaged, that’s usually a sign you need a complete replacement. If the damage is found around the chimney, it might be sufficient to replace flashing. As always, a professional inspection is the best way to know for sure.
Whether you’re considering a full roof replacement or wondering if those repairs may more extensive than they appear, our team of experts is ready and willing to help. Contact Exterior Solutions today!