As time passes, the roof over your head will slowly and progressively start to degrade and wear out. You may not begin to notice the effects of this wear and tear for years or maybe even decades, but even the most well-built roof will eventually wear out and sustain damage. When your roof starts to show signs of this damage, you’ll probably be presented with two choices: repair your roof, or replace it entirely.
Both repairing your roof and replacing it will eliminate this damage, but how do you know which one you should choose? Repairing your roof is the less expensive option, but generally only prolongs the amount of time before you’ll need to pay for a full replacement. Replacement on the other hand creates a new roof over your home completely from scratch, which essentially restarts the clock on its useful life. How do you know which one is the best decision for your home? This blog has some helpful questions you should ask yourself and some tips based on your answers.
Has Your Roof Been Inspected Lately?
You know you have damage to your roof because you can see the evidence of it, either in the form of a leak dripping through your attic and damaging your ceilings or bright shafts of sunlight peering through your roof into the attic. But are those the only sources of damage in your roof? Without a trained and experienced eye, most people don’t realize that their roof may be damaged in additional ways and different areas as well, which means your roof could actually be in far worse condition than you may have imagined. Mold, mildew, wood rot, warping, bowing or sagging, and plenty of other issues could all create some pretty serious issues for your roof, and many of which could require significant repairs.
If it has been at least a decade or more since you last had your roof professionally inspected, then there’s a chance your roof may have worn out significantly to the point where replacement may be the best option. This isn’t always the case—sometimes problems can still be localized and repaired. However, in many cases a lack of professional care and inspection allows damage to grow and spread, which means the odds of needing a replacement continue to grow.
Are You Under Any Time Constraints?
Are you looking to replace your roof right away so you can list your home for sale? Are you going on vacation within a couple of weeks? Are you hosting guests at your home next weekend? Time constraints can greatly influence whether or not you should repair or replace your roof. Getting your roof replaced can take four to five days in many cases, so you’ll want to do it at a point where you have that kind of time. If you know you’re going to be having people at your home within a few days, you may want to consider simply having your roof repaired to prevent the issue from getting worse, and then consider preparing for a total replacement when you have greater flexibility in your schedule.
How Old Is Your Roof?
The next factor in your roof repair vs. replacement debate is the age of your roof. Do you know how old your roof is? Is it still original on a house that’s rapidly starting to approach 40 to 50 years of age? Unless your roof is built with concrete tiles, slate, or some other form of super-durable roofing, there’s a great chance your roof may be due for a replacement soon. However, if you’ve taken good care of your roof, then your issue can generally be resolved with nothing more than a simple repair. The old saying “if you take care of it, it will take care of you” absolutely applies to the roof over your head, and a roof which is looked after regularly will generally last well into the upper limits of its expected lifespan. However, you can generally start expecting to have to replace your roof at around 15 to 20 years of age for asphalt shingle roofs and at roughly 30 years or more for other materials like tiles or metal.
How Bad Is the Damage?
Finally, the biggest and arguably most important question when it comes to repair or replacement: how bad is the damage? If you’ve only got a small leak which can be easily fixed, then even an older roof can be restored with a simple repair. Just make sure you get that repair done quickly to prevent the issue from getting worse or spreading. However, if you have multiple problems, serious issues like mold and mildew growth, or issues which make your roof a hazard for the condition of your home, you should reach out to a professional and find out more about getting a replacement as soon as possible.
Whether you need a roof repair or a total roof replacement service, Piney Orchard Roofing is the name you can count on for quality labor and materials. Call us at (410) 618-0804 and request a service estimate from our team.