The roof is that part of your house that you may quickly glance at as you run in and out of your home, but you never really pay too much attention to it. By having your roof inspected on a regular basis you can avoid expensive repairs or replacement in the long run. The one question that many homeowners face is – Should I Replace or Just Repair My Roof? It is important to know when to repair your roof and when to replace it; a professional roofing contractor can help with this decision.
It is recommended that you examine your roof carefully every 3 – 5 years, more often if you live in an area that experiences harsh weather conditions like snow and heavy rainfall. Roofs are typically replaced every 8 – 12 years, so something like a minor roof leak can usually be repaired and does not mean that your entire roof should be replaced in the middle of its lifespan.
How can you tell when to replace your roof? You will know when the roof needs to be replaced when you see the shingles are blowing off, cracking, curling or if you see the neighbours are renewing their roof, is also a signal if the houses were all built at the same time. You will also notice that the roof remains saturated beneath the shingles, this will cause the roof to slowly decay. This type of problem would impact the wood deck beneath, causing possible mould and further damages. However, something like a leak will typically impact one area of your roof and can almost always be repaired.
If your roof is reaching the 8 – 12 year mark and you are finding small problems such as leaks, sagging, dark spots or other problems then you will want to replace your roof rather than invest in roof repair. Even though many of these problems are usually repairable, if your roof is already old, you will want to invest in a new roof. By investing in a new roof you can avoid fixing a few problems this year and having to pay again to have the whole roof replaced the next year.
Contact Titans RoofWorks, a certified roofing contractor, to receive a free quote on your roof repair or replacement. We can help you determine the best course of action for your damaged roof!