Having problems with the roof is an issue that happens a lot. But sometimes it is difficult to decide if it needs a roof repair or a roof replacement. Of Course with the help of your trusted roofing contractor you can decide which is best in your roofing situation. In this article we will give you five tips on how to tell if your roof needs replacing or repairing.
When to consider Roof Replacement
Age of the roof
Age of the roof is a very important factor when you are deciding to repair the roof or to replace it. If your roof has signs of aging or has signs that it has been through strong storms, or has other problems, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it. Replacing an older, damaged or failing roof, rather than repeatedly paying for roof repairs, can be worth the investment whether you intend to stay in your home for several decades or plan to sell soon.
Roof leaks are one of the most common issues that roofs have. Finding the source of the roof leaking is difficult but a good roofing contractor can help you find it easily. Even though roof leaks are very common you should be very careful because roof leaks can cause:
- Mold, which is very bad for our health.
- Damaged ceilings, which can be very dangerous over time.
- Rooting framing, rooting can cause for the whole roof to collapse
- Curled or cupped edges on asphalt or wood shingles
- Missing granules and bald spots on asphalt shingles
- Cracked or broken asphalt, tile or wood shingles
- Dented or perforated asphalt, tile, wood or metal roofing components
- Rusted metal shingles or panels
When the roof has these damages it is better for you to replace it than to repair
When to consider Roof Repair
Minor damages include when you need to repair only a small part of the roof, or for example replace a couple of shingles, then replacing damaged material in that section can be relatively simple and inexpensive. Damaged, torn, or missing asphalt shingles, for example, can usually be replaced with new ones fairly easily. So you do not need a roof replacement but a roof repair.
The downside of this approach is the difficulties in matching roofing materials so that the repaired area blends in with the rest of the roof. For example, if you have spare shingles leftover from a previous re roofing job, the colors may be close but may not match exactly due to exposure. Another option is to ask your roofing contractor to order shingles that correspond to the existing color as much as possible.
If the damage to your roof is more significant but confined to one side or area of your roof, partial reroofing may be an option, and it’s likely to cost less than a complete reroofing project.
Again, one downside to a partial reroofing project is aesthetics. It may be harder to match the color of the new roofing materials with the existing ones. Over time, roofing material can fade due to exposure to the elements. As a result, the newly reroofed portion may stand out from the rest of the roof.