How to know it’s time for a roof replacement?


No matter how good you take care of your roof, sooner or later you will have to replace it. It is not easy to determine when is time for a roof replacement. In most cases, this important part of your home can sustain one more repair. Since roof restorations are often very expensive, most homeowners are looking for ways to spend a reasonable amount of money on it while still getting the job properly done.

Regular maintenance is a must, but unfortunately, not every homeowner can afford it. Due to lack of money, you are faced to decide between a replacement and repair. There are ways to find out what is a better option in your case. Of course, the most reliable way to determine whether you need to replace your roof is to contact a professional roofer. However, before calling a professional to come to your home and do a roof inspection to determine what approach will best suit your situation, you should learn more about the elements he will check, as well as how will those factors affect the final decision and the price of your roof restoration and replacement.

Factors that Affect Roof Repairs

When a professional roofer comes to your home, he will determine how much will your roof last if left unattended. Also, they will check whether or not you have leaks and if you, how bad the leaks are. If you don’t have leaks, your roofing expert must look at the space between the roof and the insulation to find out if any moisture is collecting there. As part of the inspection, the roofing material currently being used also must be checked and compared to the weather in your area. Not every material can sustain frequent weather changes, heavy rains, wind or the sun. In certain cases, you will have to replace your roof with new material that will be able to last longer.

If your roof is older than twenty years, it is time to replace it. However, by checking the structural integrity of your home, as well as the membranes, your roof may last a few more years before getting new shingles. Only by having these questions answered, a roofing expert can make their recommendation regarding roof replacement or roof repair.

Arm Yourself with Good Insight

Even though a roofer recommends you a repair instead of replacement, you should consider what will suit you best in the long run.  For example, sometimes you will need to replace only a part of your roof instead of everything. If you have a tight budget, it’s cheaper to have the roofers go ahead and repair the entire roof rather than just a part of it. Although this may sound strange to you, it’s the truth. Replacing the entire roof at once is a lot easier for the repairmen because they will already have all their equipment set up. If they have to come back later and set everything up from the beginning, they will certainly charge you more. If you repair only a part of your roof, you won’t get an extended warranty. However, if you replace your roof, you will obtain a new 30-years long warranty that ensures your roof will be leak and problem-free for many years to come. Lastly, a new roof will significantly increase the value of your home. Statistics show that it can add up to 63% of its cost to the resale value of your house.

Sara Murphy

Sara Murphy

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