A roof is a costly investment, but you can reap the reward of a solid covering for your home for years to come. Obviously, you want to get your money’s worth from your current roof, so you may question whether you should replace or repair your roof. Here’s how to decide.
Take Into Consideration Your Roofing Type
Two prime examples of roofing that you should really examine before replacing are those comprised of either slate or tile. Both of these options last for many decades. Tiled roofs may last for 50 years or longer while slate can last 100 years or even longer. Metal roofing can last 70 years or longer as well.
Although the repair may be costly, the investment is worth it when you consider how long your roof can last. Moreover, these materials are expensive to replace completely, so you may save yourself by repairing damage whether than replacing it.Asphalt, wood, and architectural shingles last 30 years or less. If you’re close to the expected lifespan of these, you have to think carefully whether investing in a repair is worth how much longer you’d have before you need to replace the entire roof.
If you’re unsure what the ideal solution is for you, discuss it with a roofing company. They’ll educate you about what option works best for your particular situation.
Factor in the Quality and Method of Your Current Roofing
Not every roofer has the same skills and puts the same amount of effort into every roofing job. Plus, if the roofer placed your last roof over a previous layer of roofing, you may have issues. You also want to consider how well ventilated your roofing is.
If your roof has several layers, the previous roofer didn’t perform a quality job, or you have poor ventilation, you may want to choose to have a new roof rather than a repair. When you’re taking these issues into account, you also need to consider the age of your roof. When you have any of the aforementioned problems in a roof that’s over 20 years old, you’re better off replacing the roof in most cases.
If you’re torn between replacing and repairing, you should have a contractor come to your home and inspect your roof. He or she can provide insight as to which option is the most cost-efficient for you.
Consider What Your Roof Valley Looks Like
The valley of your roof is the portion that meets your gutters. This part of your roof basically escorts the snow and rain into your gutters. Therefore, when your valley sustains damage, the water won’t drain as it should. As a result, you may experience roof leaks. A damaged valley may indicate that your roof is a good candidate for a full replacement.
Evaluate How Your Shingles Look
If you notice many of your shingles are losing granules, your roof may have met its life expectancy. If your roof only has a few shedding shingles, you might want to replace just those shingles. However, if you have numerous shingles that are losing granules, the most cost-efficient solution for you may be a new roof.
When you’re examining your roof, you also want to look for shingles that are curling and buckling. A few may not indicate a major problem, and you may want to replace them. On the other hand, if you have several shingles like that, especially ones that receive direct sunlight, it may indicate your entire roof is in need of a replacement.
A problem with your roof may only require a minor repair. After the repair, you’ll have years left to enjoy your roof. This doesn’t always happen, though. Based on the age of your roof, the material, and how your roof was laid, a full replacement is sometimes necessary.
Schedule a consultation with Amenity Roofing, Siding & Gutters, LLC, by calling us today to determine if a repair or replacement is best for you. We serve Montgomery, IL, and the surrounding area.