Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by Heather Hutchinson
Have you ever faced a familiar roofing dilemma: the decision to re-roof or merely patch leaks and repair damaged areas? All roofs deteriorate and ultimately need to be replaced, but how do you know when it is the right time? When will repairs get the job done? Replacing your roof too soon is a waste of your hard-earned money. Waiting too long means that you risk sustaining further damage to your home from leaks and water damage.
How do you know that the time is right to re-roof? The answer depends on several factors, such as the shingles' age and wear, and the weather conditions in your area. If you are unsure which option is right for you, keep reading- we are here to help you make the right decision.
First, consider the roof's age, as it is one of the most critical factors in this decision-making process. Most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of about 20 years. As your roof gets too old to do its job, you may notice leaks, higher utility bills and other issues.
If you have a leak, address the issue as soon as possible. If detected early enough, the repair time and cost may be relatively minimal. However, even a small leak can lead to big problems, such as mold, wood rot, destroyed insulation and damage to your home's interior if the issue is not quickly addressed. A roof inspection will help you determine the source and the extent of the damage.
Another consideration is how long you will remain in the home. If you plan on selling in the next few years and the roof is in relatively good shape, then a repair might be your best option. Replacing shingles is relatively easy and inexpensive. In most cases, the existing shingles can be removed and replaced with new ones. The disadvantage with this option is that, unless your roof is fairly new and you have some extra shingles left over from the job, the new shingles may not be an exact match to the existing roof. It is a small price to pay if you can get another 10-15 years out of your current roof. Keep in mind, if you plan on selling your home, irregular patches aren't on anyone's wish list, so ask about ordering shingles that match as closely as possible.
Although repairs are less expensive than a full replacement, they are more of a short-term solution. Replacing your entire roof is a major expense, but it is an investment that will last for decades. Either way, make the right decision today and your roof will continue to provide protection for one of life's biggest investments.
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