The roof of your home is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you from the elements, keeps your house dry and warm, and prevents water damage. But when it comes to deciding whether or not to repair or replace, many factors go into the decision.
What to look for when deciding whether to repair or replace a roof
To determine whether your roof needs replacement or repair, look for the following signs:
- How much damage is there? Look for missing shingles and damaged flashing. These are signs that your roof may have been leaking and causing water damage inside your home. If you see these signs, it’s time to get a professional opinion from a contractor who can assess the extent of repairs needed before deciding whether or not to replace your current shingle material with something more durable.
- Is this an older home with a flat roof system? The age of your house will play into whether you should consider replacing rather than repairing its single-ply membrane (SPM) SPMs are typically installed in flat roofs without any slope greater than 2 inches per foot–which means they’re not designed for steep-pitched roofs like those found on older houses built before 1980s regulations were put into place requiring builders use stronger materials like 2 Ply Modified Bitumen systems, metal roof systems or asphalt shingle systems that have been improved since.
- Are the shingles curling? If so, it’s a sign that they may be damaged and need to be replaced. Curling is caused by exposure to UV rays, heat and moisture which causes the material to break down over time.
- Check in your attic for water stains on the underside of your roof deck below your shingles; these can indicate leaks that may have caused rot in the wood. Suppose there are stains on the underside of the deck but not wet insulation underneath. This can indicate condensation or attic rain, which can be improved with better insulation and ventilation.
How long do asphalt shingles last?
It depends on the quality of your shingle and how well it was installed. If a roof is exposed to extreme weather conditions, such as high winds or hail, its lifespan will be shorter than if protected from these elements.
There’s also a difference between asphalt shingles that are correctly installed and those that need to be installed. If your contractor didn’t put down an adequate underlayment before applying your new shingles, they could crack or curl faster than expected.
In general terms: how long do roofs last? It depends on how well they’re maintained over time; most last 15-25 years.
Repairing or replacing a roof depends on the condition of your home
It’s important to understand that repairing or replacing depends on the condition of your home. If the shingles are still in good shape and there are no signs of leaks, you can repair them. However, it might be time for a replacement if they’re damaged or worn out (especially if they have been exposed to water).
Suppose you replace your entire roof system with new materials such as asphalt shingles or metal. In that case, this job requires removing all existing materials first–make sure that all old nails are removed from boards before installing new ones. This will prevent any issues during installation!
A new roof can make a big difference in how your home looks and feels
Can make a big difference in how your home looks and feels. A fresh coat of paint can distinguish between your home looking run-down or feeling brand new. It can also help improve curb appeal, making it easier to sell your house if you decide to move on.
Properly installing a quality product will add value to any property because it increases its safety and energy efficiency, lowering utility bills (which translates into long-term savings). Additionally, because newer roofs last longer than older ones do–30-50 years versus 15-25–you’ll save money over time by replacing yours now rather than later.
Things to do before replacing your roof
If you do decide to replace them, there are a few things you need to consider before you start shopping for new shingles.
- The style of your home and roof system: While some are designed to last longer, others are not. Suppose you have an older home with a flat roof, a farm style with a metal roof or a bungalow with asphalt shingles. In that case, it’s worthwhile to look at all the available options with your contractor to determine what roof style will fit your home best practically and esthetically. The goal is always to ensure that your home is protected from the elements, looks good and falls into your budget.
- The look of the roof: If aesthetics are important in your neighbourhood (or matter to you personally), then it may be worth researching what kind of look is popular among homeowners who live nearby before deciding whether or not yours should have a makeover. There are plenty of styles out there! And if yours doesn’t match? You can paint it bright orange if nothing else works out…but wait until replacing those leaky gutters first!
- Materials & Warranty: You’ll want something sturdy enough not only to withstand high winds but also to hold up against rain and what winter will throw its way without leaking through cracks or seams over time–which means choosing materials carefully when shopping around for replacement options so as not to end up paying more money down the line because something wasn’t done properly during the installation process (or worse yet – having no warranty at all).
If you’ve decided that it’s time to replace your roof, it’s important to know what to look for in your current roof system and if you decide it’s time for replacement, what style of roof and shingle you want.
Many options are available in today’s roofing industry, and If you have any questions about how these products work or which one might be right for your property, contact us now.