Many of the problems that occur to your roof can be fixed with the help of some minor repairs. You can bring in a roofing company or a contractor who will take on the work and make your roof look as good as new, often for less money than it would cost to completely replace the roof. While you should aim to work on the repairs first, there are times when the roof is beyond that and you will need to look at replacing the roof instead.
But how can you tell when it is time to replace the roof, rather than getting the repairs done. Some of the signs that it is time to replace the roof on your home includes:
The Amount of Wear
At some point, your roof is going to wear out and will not provide the house the amount of protection that it needs. You may notice that the edges start to crumble, there are bare spots that no longer have those rough granules that they should, or even some holes in the roof that are too big to be repaired. When your roof gets to this point, then any repairs done are going to be temporary and are really just a waste of your time and money. You should consider saving that money and putting it to a roof replacement instead.
It Looks Bad
An old roof is easy to spot. You can take a look at the home and will notice instantly that the curb appeal is suffering. If the roof looks bad, this is usually a bad sign for the structure of the roof as well. It shows that there is probably already a good deal of damage to the structure of the roof, or it will start to show up shortly. You want to replace the roof to help prevent these issues too.
Another issue is that you may not be able to do the repairs in a way to match the shingles already in place. If you try to do a bunch of these types of repairs, then the roof is going to look bad because you can see all the patch job. You may want to work on preserving the curb appeal and consider adding a new layer on top of the roof you have or replacing the whole roof if it is necessary. You want to keep the roof in good working order because it helps your home look nicer, increases your curb appeal, and helps you to increase the value of your home, whether you plan to sell it soon or not.
The Damage is Widespread
Whether or not you can get this done through an insurance claim, when a big part of your roof is damaged, it may be more cost effective for you to consider replacing it, rather than trying to repair a big area of the roof. The cost of repairing a big section of the roof could be more than twice as high as just replacing the roof. Plus, you get the peace of mind knowing you have a brand new roof and you do not need to worry about it breaking or letting in the elements on you again. You can discuss with your contractor to figure out how widespread the damage is and consider whether the repairs or a full roof replacement makes the most sense for the damage you have.
Major Issues with Installation
The warranties that you get on your roof will not be able to cover a bad installation job. In fact, more than 85% of warranty claims will state that it is the installers fault that something was wrong with the roof and most of these are right. Your installer should offer a workmanship warranty that is one to five years, though some will offer one that is even longer.
However, if the roof is starting to fail on you, no matter the age, and you are not able to get the original installer to come back and do the necessary repairs to keep your home safe, then you may want to look into a replacement rather than handling the higher costs that come with the repairs. Hopefully this does not happen because it can be expensive, but it is something to consider if the original installation was not done well.
Roof Deck Damage
If there is a leak through the roof and it is not noticed for a few months or more, it is possible that the damage from that water leak will start to invade the roof deck and spread out more and more. This makes it almost impossible to assess some of the damage and make the necessary repairs without tearing off the old roofing material and looking at the entire thing, at least for that section of the home. And you may notice that the damage has spread and you need to take a closer look than you thought.
Once you have taken off this much of the roof, you may as well finish the work and look at a full roof replacement. This will ensure that the deck is completely fixed and that water damage is not able to ruin your enjoyment of the home in the future. A new roof can give you some peace of mind and allows you to not have to worry about the roof for a long time to come. You can work with a contractor to figure out whether there is extensive damage to that area or not.
Whether you are looking to repair or replace the roof on your home, you need to make sure that you use the right Nashua roofer to get it done. Our team will be able to come to your home to provide you with an estimate on the work that needs to be done, assuring you that the roof will look as good as new. Our team has experience handling roofing repair in the area, no matter how big or small the area that needs replaced may be. Trust our team to help with any of your roofing needs.
We hope you found this blog post on Should I Replace My Roof? useful. Be sure to check out our post on Should I Replace My Roof Before Selling? for more great tips!
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