Roofing repairs or replacement are an investment, to be sure, but roofing maintenance is absolutely necessary if you want to protect your home from serious long-term damage. One of the most common questions homeowners have about residential roofing is whether a particular roofing issue can be repaired or requires complete replacement. While the best way to find out for sure is to contact a trusted local roofing professional for a consultation, there are a few signs you can watch for that could indicate the need for repair or replacement of your roof.
When to Repair
When possible, repairing your roof can save you significant amounts of money over total replacement. However, because of the way in which most residential roofs (such as asphalt roofs) are installed, repairing even minor damage isn’t always easy or practical.
You Have a Few Missing or Damaged Shingles
Sometimes, if you have just a few missing or damaged shingles caused by a recent storm or wind damage, it may be possible to find replacement shingles to “patch” these specific areas of the roof rather than replacing the entire thing. Acting quickly is key here; if you wait after the damage has occurred, the damage will likely spread to other parts of your roof, thus warranting the need for total replacement. Keep in mind that if your homeowner’s insurance policy covers roof damage caused by storms or wind, you may not have to pay for these repairs.
You Have a Minor Flashing Leak
Flashing refers to the water-proof barrier placed around sections where your roofing shingles meet your chimney or other structures on the roof itself. These materials can break down and cause leaks over time, and if the leaks are caught early enough, you may be able to simply have the flashing re-done and repaired without the need for a new roofing system.
When to Replace
Some roofing issues will call for total replacement. The good news is that replacing your roof will not only increase your place’s total value and improve your home’s curb appeal, but will also save you money on energy costs as well.
Your Roof is Already on the Older Side
Most residential asphalt roofs will have a life span of about 20 years, assuming the roof itself is well maintained. If you’re running into roof troubles and your roof is already on the older side, then it will probably be more cost-effective and sensible to replace the entire roof instead of pouring money into repairs on a roof that will likely need replaced within the next couple years, anyway.
You’re Seeing Light in Your Attic
When you go into your home’s attic, you should never be able to see light streaming in from outside. If you can, this is a sign that your roofing system is failing, and these issues will almost always require total replacement. Be sure to act quickly, as water and other debris may be getting into your attic in the meantime. Additionally, you may be losing a lot of efficiency with holes in your roof, so you should see some savings on utilities after you undergo repairs.
You Have Extensive Damage
Any extensive damage to your roofing, such as large sections of shingles blown off by a storm, will also require total replacement because they will not be able to be patched. The same applies to extensive moisture damage in the home caused by a roof leak.
Having to spend money on repairing or replacing your home’s roof is never fun, but by finding a reputable and experienced roofing company to complete the work, you can maximize your budget and protect your home from the elements. When in doubt about a roofing issue in your home, call a professional for a consultation.