Over time, all roofs sustain some form of damage. The level of damage generally depends on the roof’s age and/or exposure to bad weather conditions, but eventually, this damage will require attention. In some cases, repairs may not be enough, while in others, a replacement may be too much. This means you will need to know when to repair and when to replace. Below are four factors that could point you in the right direction.
Hidden Damage to the Sheathing or Roof Deck
If you simply replace some shingles or repair certain parts of your roof, you won’t get a good idea of the total damage. A leak or damage in one area isn’t indicative of the health of your entire roof. But, it could be indicative of major problems. A full inspection is the only way to detect major problems. This means the shingles will have to be removed and the sheathing or deck will have to be inspected.
If major damage is detected, the deck should be repaired and lined with a protective, weather-resistant layer. Repairs of this magnitude require a roof replacement. However, if your roof is leaking along flashing points, then the leak is isolated, and only a repair is required.
The Age of the Roof
When deciding between roof repair or replacement, the age of the roof is one of the most important factors. Generally, roofs last between 15 to 25 years. A lightly damaged roof that’s under the age of 15 should only require spot repairs. On the other hand, a roof over the age of 20 should definitely be replaced. For roofs between the ages of 15 and 20, the overall condition of the roof should be the deciding factor. If you’re unsure, call an Edmonton roofing expert like Crest Roofing & Co. to inspect your roof, assess the damage and determine how age could affect your decision. We will recommend the best solution after the assessment.
How Long You Will Live in the House
If you only plan to live in your house for a few years, you should generally consider roof repair over replacement. However, you must also consider the condition of the roof. Repairs can save money, but they’re a short-term solution. No matter how long you’re planning to live in a home, if your roof is in bad condition, repairs won’t be enough. On the other hand, if your roof is damaged but the overall condition is still good, repair is always the best solution.
Homeowner’s Insurance Discounts
Replacing your roof with high-quality materials could garner insurance discounts. Many insurance companies offer reduced rates for roofs made of high-quality weather and/or fire-resistant materials. Just ask your roofing contractors, check your policy and contact your insurance provider before your roof is replaced. That said, homeowner’s insurance discounts are no reason to get your roof replaced when it doesn’t need to be.
The health of your roof is something you should not take lightly. If you’re concerned about your roof but are unsure as to whether it needs a repair or a total replacement, give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation.