A damaged roof can strike fear into the heart and checkbook of any homeowner. However, before opening your wallet it is important to understand the key factors that influence the need for a roof repair or a roof replacement.
Age – It’s Not Just A Number
Your roof’s age is a countdown clock to replacement. In general, a roof should last 20 to 30 years depending on construction. Different roofing materials have different life expectancies, which will also influence your decision. If the shingles are 18 years old and rated for 20 years, consider replacing the roof now.
Nature vs Your Roof
The climate in your area and the potential for future damage will influence your specific course of action. Excessive attic condensation, wind, sun, rain, hail, snow and ice, and tree debris are all causes of roof damage. Homes in harsher weather should consider full or partial roof replacement if they have been extensively damaged by the elements. Algae and moss are generally cosmetic issues and easily treatable.
When only a few shingles have come loose or the damage is confined to a very small area, a repair is the way to go. However, matching new shingles to your roof’s color may be difficult and an issue if you plan to put your house on the market in the near future. An unsightly patch diminishes curb appeal and lowers confidence in your home’s overall condition.
Bare It All or Cover It Up
New roofing can be installed over your old roof under certain conditions, and in some cases, the decision is already made for you. Building codes do not permit installation of a new roof over two or more applications of any other roofing material due to weight. Entirely removing the old roof permits inspection of the roof decking.
A licensed roofing contractor will understand which factors apply to your roofing situation and can help you make this important and potentially costly decision.
If you're looking for a skilled contractor to inspect your roof, contact the team at Rashid Construction today!