Before trying to decide whether you should simply repair your roof or have it replaced completely, you need to know what to look for in terms of damage.
Age is one of the best indicators of how much life is left on your current roof. Low-end, three-tab shingles last between 15 and 20 years. Higher quality architectural shingles will last for up to 40 years.
Look for these signs of damage or concern:
- Missing shingles
- Shingles curling, blistering or bald
If you are financially concerned, repairs are considerably less expensive than removing the existing roof and completely replacing it. Simply repairing the roof will extend its life. However, matching the existing shingle colors could pose a problem. If the matching is considerably off, it will stand out and harm your curb appeal.
If the basic structure has deteriorated or the original workmanship was shoddy, it is definitely the better choice to replace the entire roof. As far as curb appeal, the house will certainly look perkier and maintain the standards of your neighborhood. In the long run, you will have greater peace of mind knowing that you are solid. If you travel, it will diminish the worry about damage to your home while you are away.
Depending on the size and steepness of your roof, it will take two or three days to complete the replacement. During that time, it can be quite noisy and somewhat messy. If at all possible, it is recommended that the homeowner, family, and pets be out of the house during that time. It is very distressing to both cats and dogs and small children will not be able to nap. After the job is done, the roofing company should leave the area completely clean so you will not need to worry about any debris or nails.
Another question you may want to consider is how long you intend to stay living in this particular house. If you are planning to put it on the market soon, a new roof is a good selling point and makes your home more attractive than others in the same neighborhood. Or, the reverse is that an older roof may be the tipping point for buyers to look elsewhere.
If you are planning to remain in this home for the near future, the roof is between 15 and 20 years old, and you have already had it repaired, it may be time for a replacement.
If you are still undecided, call at least three professional roofing companies to come and inspect your roof and ask for estimates.
At Vanity Roofing, we have the credentials to back up our claims. We are qualified specialists that have been in business for years. We understand the quandary of homeowners and are here to help you with the best decision for your needs. If you choose us for your repairs or replacement, you are assured of quality workmanship with as little disruption as possible.
Contact us with any questions or concerns.