When considering whether to replace or repair your roof, you shouldn’t make the decision lightly. After all, a sturdy roof is vitally important to your home’s structural integrity, and replacing it is also one of the most expensive of all home maintenance projects.
Maybe you’ve been planning for quite some time to invest in a new roof, or maybe you’re hoping you can get by for a few more years with the roof you have after making some minor repairs.
Let this guide help you make the decision, so your finances and your home are both secure.
Determine Your Roof’s Age
Most asphalt shingled roofs are projected to last 20 to 30 years, depending on the quality of the materials and workmanship. How old is your roof?
If you recently purchased your home, try checking the home inspection documentation from the sale to find out how old your roof is. Gather all paperwork on the materials used and research whether their useful life is coming to an end.
Look for Exterior Damage
Have you kept up with inspections for your roof? It’s a useful way to get an idea of its condition. Hire professionals to climb onto the roof and look at any wear and tear up close. They’ll check for degrading shingles, evidenced by granules in the gutters. They’ll also look for buckling flashing and any signs of rot.
Even if you don’t hire a professional, you can walk around the perimeter of your home and see if you notice shingles missing, gutters rusting or hanging, or any other roofing problems that require attention. One of the most serious signs of a roof that is no longer safe or effective is bowing or sagging on the roof deck.
Pay Attention to Interior Warning Signs
Roofs that need either repairs or a complete replacement also will show signs of degradation on the inside of your home. You might spot water stains on the ceiling or mold growing on the insulation in your attic. Maybe you even have a roof leak, but you can’t tell where it’s coming from.
Have your roofing contractor look inside your home as well to diagnose the extent of the damage and explain the benefits of either repairing or replacing the problem.
Which Option Is More Economical?
The line between whether to replace or repair your roof is not always definitive. Most of the time, it comes down to which choice is the most economical. Of course, it’s always going to be more expensive to completely replace a roof than to repair only one portion, but what if you’ll end up having to replace the remaining portions within a few years?
It might be worth it to simply replace the whole thing while you have a dependable contractor set up and on site.
Ask the Roof Doctor to visit your home and take a close look at your roof. You’ll get actionable advice on whether you should replace or repair your roof, and you’ll feel confident with a team of experts on your side.