Unfortunately, no roof lasts forever and sooner or later it will need some attention to continue performing its job – protecting you! Let’s say that you’ve had your roof for some time now, and you’ve started to notice some basic wear and tear. You may be aware of the warning signs that something is wrong with your roof, but knowing whether you need some minor patch-work or to completely replace your roof depends on several different factors: including the location of the damage, the extent of the damage, and the age of the roof, to name just a few.
Roof Warning Signs
It is very beneficial that you as the Homeowner can first recognize some common warning signs that something needs to be done to your roof. If you are noticing any of these issues coming up with your roof, consider it a red flag that you need to take action before further damage occurs:
When to Repair or Patch Your Roof
There is no way around the fact that unfortunately, one day, your roof will need to be replaced. However, if your roof is relatively new and only incurs some minor damage, it may be possible that you won’t have to replace it prematurely. Obviously, it would be ideal to still be able to get the expected lifespan out of your current roof. As a general rule of thumb, if the damage is minor and has only compromised a small area, repairing or patching may be a logical option. Some instances in which you might rather repair versus replace your roof, includes:
Damage to a few shingles due to wind or a fallen branch
Leaking from one isolated spot
A few missing shingles
When Roof Replacement is Best
The average lifespan of a shingle roof is at least 15 years and can span all way up to 25 years, depending on the care and maintenance you as the Homeowner puts into it. After this time frame, shingles will lose their elasticity and become dull, leaving you and your family unprotected against elements such as rain, snow and hail. Most frequently, the roof’s age is the single biggest determining factor that make you consider a full roof replacement. Other red flags that indicate an immediate need a new roof include:
Large patches of discoloration
Areas of curling and/or missing shingles, especially in problem areas like the roof valley and chimney flashing
All your neighbors are replacing their roofs - most houses in a neighborhood are constructed around the same time and therefore will need similar maintenance done around the same time
Large debris from shingles are clogging gutters - shingles shed their granules when they are close to the end of their useful lifespan and clogged gutters can cause water to sit on the roof, causing further damage like algae accumulation and indoor leaking.
Advice from the Experts
Surprisingly enough, an entire roof replacement can be a financially wiser decision than a roof patch or repair. As with most home improvement work, a patch on your roof or partial roof repair is usually just a band aid/temporary fix, and you’ll need to invest more money in the near future for further repairs. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, or if you notice any of the warning signs previously mentioned, a repair will not be your best bet.
In the long run, it will end up costing you less to replace a full roof than to have three or four consecutive repairs - this means that roofing experts (like Redline Roofing and Restoration) have to set up all of their equipment, bring out their crews, create scaffolding, inconvenience you and your family, etc. three or four times, as opposed to just once. When weighing your decision, ask yourself if you really want to spend the money to repair your roof now, when you’ll just have to spend even more money to replace it soon anyway?
If you are unsure of what your roof is needing, let the experts at Redline Roofing and Restoration identify it for you – call us today at 844-787-ROOF. We’ll make sure to keep the integrity of your home while ensuring you and your family’s comfort!