Roofing Repairs or Replacement? The Facts to Help Decide When Replacement Is Needed

Justin Ross

Your roof is aging and will eventually need to be replaced. When is it time to replace your roof? What types of repairs do roof typically need? Are you going to use the same roofing materials? You have a lot of questions when it comes to new roofs. Having a roof inspection done helps answer many questions. There are also problems like storm damage that you have no control over and may require a roof replacement. Here is everything you should know about deciding when it is time for a roof replacement on your home:

Warranties and the Lifespan of Asphalt Shingles

Conventional asphalt shingle roofs are typically manufactured with a limited warranty that lasts anywhere from 5 to 25 years. Standard products usually have a 5- or 10-year warranty, while premium shingles may have warranties of up to 50 years. Do not rely on these limited warranties to decide when it is time for a roof replacement. In most cases, homes need a roof replacement before the warranty has ended. Environmental conditions in different areas also have an impact on the lifespan of shingles.

Consider Repairs Rather Than Roof Replacement to Save

So, you have a roof leak or two and are thinking about replacing the roof. If the problems are small isolated issues, repairs may be a more economical solution. Consider factors like the age of your roof and type of damage that it has sustained. Some common issues that you will want to consider repairs for include the following.

Installation Damage: When the roofing is installed on your home, make sure to use a professional service. Bad installation can cause leaks due to issues like nail punctures, incorrect installation and damaged flashing.

Isolated Storm Damage: Sometimes, the damage to roofing may be isolated. You may have a leak from a decking nail that has worked loose or a shingle that has been blown off in high winds. If your shingles are in good condition, repair leaks that are isolated.

Leaks Around Flashing and Boots: Flashing and mechanical boots are areas of roofs that commonly develop leaks. Sometimes, these materials may wear out before the shingles and need to be replaced. If possible, repair the damage around flashing and mechanical boots rather than replacing the entire roof.

Some of these roof problems are easily repaired without the need to replace the entire roof. Other damage that is wide-spread such as, storm damage from wind and hail, require a new roof.  

Inspections to Stay Informed About the Condition and Repair Needs of Your Roof

When it comes to the condition of roofing, regular inspections are important. Having a roof inspection done will ensure that small problems are found and repaired before they grow into serious water and structural damage issues. You want to have a professional roofer do a roof inspection to know the condition of your roof and when it may be time for a new roof. If your roof is newer, you also can keep an eye out for problems and signs that your roof needs repairs or replacement. Do your own roof inspection when doing common home maintenance like cleaning the gutters, but it is still a good idea to get professional advice when it is needed.  

Aging Roofs and Problems That Mean it Is Time for a New Roof

As your roof ages, signs of wear will begin to show. Depending on conditions, more serious problems that usually mean replacement is need include the following.

Deformed Shingles: Asphalt shingles are meant to lay flat on your roof, but in certain condition they may begin to shrink and curl around the ages. The problem of deformed shingles may be caused by age, fungus or excessive exposure to sunlight. Whether it is due to conditions or age of the shingles, this is a good sign that it is time for a new roof.

Loss of Granules: Granules of shingles where off due to many factors like ice dams, excessive water runoff and just plain age. If your shingles are beginning to lose the granules in some places, then it may be time for a roof replacement.

Leaking Flashing: On most roofs, conventional flashing is a metal material that will eventually wear with your roofing. As the flashing wears, leaks develop and this is another sign of an aging roof that needs replacing.

Water Damage: The old roofing on your home may develop leaks that you do not notice. Water damage could be in your attic at the eaves or isolated in an area of your home that you do not notice. If you find water damage that is coming from leaks and has gone unnoticed, it may mean you need a new roof.

Knowing the problems to look for will help you know when it is time for a roof replacement. If you are not sure about the condition of your roof, contact a professional roofing service to do an inspection and inform you of the condition of your roof.

It can be difficult to decide when is the best time to replace your roof, but knowing these tips will help. If you are want to improve your roof, contact a remodeling contractor for help with the replacement and other improvements to your home.