Regular home repairs and maintenance can be costly. In fact, the average homeowner will spend 1% to 4% of their home’s value on maintenance and repairs every year. That’s $1,000 for every $100,000 your home is worth. That’s not exactly pocket change. So, when it seems like it’s time to replace your roof, you may be hesitant once you see the price tag. To make things easier, here are some tips you can use to figure out if you need to repair or replace a shingle roof.
Consider The Age Of Your Roof
You need to replace a shingle roof once every 25 years or so. Your roof should last the full 25 years if you’ve been maintaining it properly, but if you haven’t your roof may only last 15 to 20 years. It’s unlikely that you’ll have to replace your roof before that, but it’s possible if your roof is in poor condition.
To avoid an early replacement, you need to schedule roofing repair as problems arise. Missing shingles, shingles that have shifted, and shingles that have cracked all need to be repaired in a timely manner. If they’re not taken care of, your roof will continue to deteriorate and you will have to replace it sooner.
Has Your Roof Sustained Damage?
A common reason for roof repair or roof replacement is sustained damage. Roofing repairs are very common after large storms. Heavy winds can pick up projectiles and organic material, like tree branches, and hurl them onto your roof. In turn, they can end up damaging the shingles and your gutters. Not all damage will cause you to replace a shingle roof, but sometimes the damage is too extensive to repair.
Look At The Interior Of Your Roof
The Attic is typically out of sight and out of mind. Unfortunately, not having your roof visually inspected on a regular basis can let small problems go unchecked and turn into larger issues. Small leaks can turn into wood rot that can infect your entire roof. By looking in your attic for leaks and small gaps that allow sunlight through your roof, you can have those flaws repaired before you need to have your roof replaced.
There you have it. Three easy tips that will help you figure out whether or not you need your roof replaced. Whenever you’re in doubt, or you think you need repairs done, call our team today.