There are a lot of reasons to repair your roof. Maybe it’s got a small leak, maybe it’s missing a few shingles, or maybe there’s just some light cracking and warping happening in your underlayer.
But how do you know when your roof should be replaced instead of repaired?
Of course, a local roofing professional will help you determine what’s best, but here are a few things to know about roof repair vs. roof replacement.
Replace Your Roof When…You Can See
Daylight in Your Attic
You should never be able to see daylight coming into your attic from your roof. If you do, it indicates serious issues with the underlayers of your roofing system and with the impermeable membrane that stands between moisture and the rest of your house. If there are cracks leading up through your roof you can see with your eyes, odds are your roof needs more than a simple tune-up.
Replace Your Roof When…Shingles Keep
One or two missing shingles over the life of your roof isn’t a huge deal. Shingles can be knocked off during storms or heavy winds. But if you notice missing shingles often, you might be headed towards a roof replacement. This is especially true if you’ve already had the missing shingles replaced more than once.
Replace Your Roof When…You’re Finding
When your shingles start to lose their granules, they’re nearing the end of their effective life. If you spot or feel granules in your gutters, drains, or around the base of your house, your shingles are no longer as efficient as they used to be at repelling water and debris. Most commercial shingles are only rated to last for 10-20 years, so if your roof is older than that you know it’s probably time.
Replace Your Roof When…You’ve Got
Buckling or Pooling
There’s a difference in roofing problems caused by materials that can easily be replaced and those that are caused by structural inefficiencies. If your roof is sagging in spots, pooling water, or otherwise visibly “buckling,” you should have serious concerns. Not only does this make your roof bad at repelling water, it can also leave it vulnerable to collapse.
On the flip side…
Repair Your Roof When…It’s a One-Time
Leaks happen! They’re just a fact of homeownership. A leaky roof isn’t necessarily one that needs to be completely replaced, but if you have ongoing problems with leaks, especially if they keep happening in the same spots, talk to a roofer about your options.
Repair Your Roof When…The Flashing is
Flashing is meant to be a last line of defense between the interior of your home and any moisture that might get between your roof and other parts of your roofing structure, like the chimney. Flashing can become bent in hailstorms or just by shifting over time, and it often needs replacing before the entire roof.
How do you really, truly know it’s time to replace your roof? You consult with an experienced roofer, of course! There’s really no way to understand how badly your roof needs replacing without a comprehensive inspection from a professional.
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