The Condition of Your Roof
Are you missing shingles or are some curling or buckling? If you answered yes, then you may need to start thinking about roof repair or replacement. There are other visual cues that will help determine if your shingles are past their prime.
Have you noticed any:
- Excessive curling or buckling
- Roof granules in your gutters
- Dark "dirty" looking areas
- Incomplete or missing tabs
If these signs sound familiar, consider hiring someone to inspect your roof sooner rather than later.
The Age of Your Roof
The lifespan of your roof will depend on the materials it's made of.
- An asphalt shingle roof has a life expectancy of up to 50 years
- A metal roof can last 40-70 years with proper maintenance
- A slate tile roof has the longest lifespan of between 75-200+ years
Weigh how old your roof is, against the approximate cost to fix the damage to determine the ultimate value of the job. If your roof is older and has several layers of shingles, it may be time for a replacement.
An Inside Look
Still not sure whether you need to repair or replace your roof? Take a trip up to your attic and look up.
Can you see any:
- Roof deck sagging
- Water damage
- Light shining through
Does your attic's ventilation appear to be doing it's job? Improper attic insulation and roof ventilation may seem like small issues. In the long run though, this may lead to a moisture problem which can deteriorate the structure of your roof. Not to mention increase the cost of your monthly utility bill.
So...Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?
Does water leaking mean you definitely have to get a new roof?
The short answer is no. There are many factors that contribute to roof leaks. Minor weak spots, weak joints, and broken shingles can be corrected with repair work. But if you know your roof is living on borrowed time, don't rob yourself of all the benefits of a roof replacement. Including but not limited to:
- Increased property value and curb appeal
- An estimated 67-70% ROI
- Increased energy efficiency
- Safety & health benefits
- and peace of mind