When to Consider Having Your Roof Replaced
Roof Repair or Roof Replacement, Which should I do?
Having your roof replaced may seem like an expensive ordeal. However, replacing your roof when it is needed can actually save you money in the long-run. In fact, it can cost you much, much more by not following through with the repairs your home needs. This is especially true when it comes to your roof.
Allowing your roof to wear down and become damaged without the necessary repairs can lead to expensive water damage (which can lead to damaged electrical systems, drywall replacements, and even window replacements – and more), infestation of insects, rodents, and birds, and more.
When you decide against the expense of having your roof replaced, you leave your home – and your family – exposed to the elements and higher costs.
In many cases, homes that are older or have had numerous damages to the roof get passed on to the new home owners. When this happens, sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not the roof should be replaced, or repaired.
Maybe the question isn’t the cost of replacement (which might be a lot less than you think), maybe it is whether to repair your roof, or have your roof replaced.
Here are some red flags to keep in mind when deciding between ongoing repairs and just having your roof replaced.
The Age of Your Roof
When it comes to repair vs replacement, age plays a big factor in the process.
Composite or asphalt shingle roofs are known as standard or traditional roof tops here in the United States. While these roof types are sturdy, most should be replaced every 20 years, or if they have been badly or repeatedly damaged.
It also helps to know when the last time the roof was replaced. Even if it looks to be in fairly good condition, the materials used to build out your roof breakdown over time. Even if your roof “looks” good, if it has been 20 years, it probably needs to be replaced.
The State of Your Shingles
The state of your shingles is another big factor in whether or not you should replace your roof. If your shingles are curling or buckling, it could be a big indicator that you need to replace your roof.
While some spots may seem acceptable, they may be signs of a much larger problem. If it appears that your rooftop has lost a large amount of granules, or that buckling and curling is rampant – or if you just are not sure; contacting a licensed and reputable roofing contractor like Rocky Mountain Exteriors is your best bet.
While you might find that a simple repair may be in order, you just might find that the problem is more severe and that you can avoid related costs by simply replacing your roof now.
Other Things to Consider
When it comes to the state of your roof, there are also many other things to consider.
Are you finding handfuls of shingle granules in your gutter? Do you have tar or aged metal flashing around your chimney? Are you experiencing chronic leaks that lead to blown circuit breakers, getting shocked by light switches, or discoloration in your ceiling?
If you said yes to any of these questions, you may need a brand new roof.
In these instances, you want to be sure that you work with a reputable roofing contractor. Roofing is one of the highest complaint trades with the Better Business Bureau.
Rocky Mountain Exteriors of Boise and Twin Falls, ID is an A+ Rated roofing contractor by the Better Business Bureau; licensed bonded and insured, offer the best materials and workmanship available; are dedicated to job safety and compliance; and their work is 100% guaranteed.
Rocky Mountain Exteriors offers a free on location roofing assessment/inspection and quote to repair or replace your roof, very affordable pricing, and low interest financing for total roof replacement.