Eventually, all roofs need to be replaced. Many times localized damage and wear can be repaired by professional roofers, but not always. If deterioration is widespread and the signs of age are increasing, more wisely spend your money on a new installation. Pay attention these tips that a roof company uses to decide if repairs will suffice or if you need an entirely new roof.
Age and Condition
Two main considerations when trying to decide if it’s time to hire roofers to install a new roof is the age of your structure and its current condition. Whether your installation is experiencing age-related damage such as broken or brittle shingles, missing asphalt coating, metal corrosion, and frequent minor leaks or more serious damage such as major leaks and underlying damage to the support system, replacement is probably the best option. Aging roofs deteriorate faster and are harder to repair. They are also less energy-efficient and affect your utility bills.
All roofing materials age differently and carry a warranty based on the estimated life expectancy. Wood, asphalt, and metal may require more maintenance as they age to keep them in good condition. Others such as slate and tile require no maintenance as they age and last so long that repairs are usually all they need. Considering these and other differences in materials, a roof company might suggest replacement based on factors such as age, condition, and cost or suggest repair for others.
Cost Comparison - Replace or Repair
Although not all damaged roofs need to be replaced, not all defects can be cost-effectively repaired. Even if the damage is minor or involved area is small, the cost of repairs may meet or exceed the cost of a new installation. Paying for major repairs on an older installation that will likely need to be replaced in a few more years is also be cost-foolish.
In both of these circumstances, it makes better financial sense to pay roofers now for a new structure with a new warranty that will last for years to come. When considering cost, look into the energy savings you may get by installing better and more environmentally-friendly materials.
In addition to the physical and financial factors involved in your decision, consider any future plans for your house. Will you keep it indefinitely or maybe move in the next few years? Financially, if your installation is in reasonable condition and can be maintained to prevent damage, you could elect to put off calling a roof company for a new installation. On the other hand, a new roof can be a great selling point for your house.
Sometimes it is obvious when roofs need to be replaced by a roof company. Other times, you may need to weigh various factors such as cost, age, and the extent of current damage to make the best decision. Experienced local roofers can inspect your roof and explain your options; then you can decide whether now is the right time for a full replacement!