Preventive maintenance is a great way to extend the life of your roof and save money. Although you can save a few bucks by putting off roof repairs, it will end up costing you more in the long run. Sometimes, it makes a lot of sense to simply repair a roof, but other times, it is best to invest in a full replacement. The route you take will depend on a variety of factors, including the extent of damage and the age of your roof.
When It’s Okay to Simply Repair a Roof
When you visually inspect your roof from the ground, there are a number of signs to look for to know when it’s time to call a roofing contractor to come and inspect your roof. They include:
- Curling or missing shingles
- A hole in the roof
- Granules in your gutters or downspouts
Depending on the outcome of the roof inspection, replacing a few shingles may be all you need to restore the beauty and function to your roof. Typically, asphalt shingles are designed to last a few decades, but modern roofing designs are today engineered to last for as long as you own the home.
Generally, regular roof inspections can help you catch leaks before they happen. Through periodic maintenance, minor issues can be fixed before they develop into bigger problems which may call for an early full replacement. Regular inspections at least twice every year and following every major storm can also help to extend the life of your roof.
When a Full Replacement is Required
During roofing inspections, your roofer should determine if there is any damage to the underlayment or decking. A leak that extends through multiple layers of your roof will call for a full replacement rather than repairs.
Also, keep in mind your shingles and other roofing materials are exposed to rain, heat, and snow throughout the year. This makes them fade and deteriorate over time. Even if you have a spare pack of shingles left over from your previous roof installation, it may be difficult to match new shingles with the existing ones on your roof. Depending on the area and the location of the roof requiring replacement, it may make sense to replace an entire section or the entire roof rather than replace a few shingles and end up with a disjointed roof.
Last but not least, age is a critical consideration when deciding between repair and replacement. If a 5-years old roof begins to leak, the problem is more likely related to the quality of installation or defects with the roofing materials. However, a 20-years old asphalt shingles roof with a myriad of problems is probably nearing its lifespan and should be replaced.
Work with a Reputable, Local Roofer!
Always work with a reputable, local roofer to help you know when it’s time to replace your roof or if repairs can give it a fresh breath of life. Enhance your home’s beauty today with roof repair or replacement services from Roof Rescue serving Idaho, Utah, and Montana. We have several years of experience and expertise to help you keep your roof in top-notch conditions and extend its lifespan. Contact us today for free consultations!