When it comes to addressing existing roofing concerns, the challenge is always determining whether repair work is enough or if it requires a full-blown replacement. Your decision isn’t always cut and dry and it may be necessary to assess the situation for you to properly decide which option to take.
In this post, V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc. discusses how to decide between roof repair and replacement.
When Should You Repair?
Roof repair is often the most economical option if you need to address only a certain portion of the roof. These are often isolated problems with the affected area usually only relatively small in size. Examples include shingle blow-offs, leaks, as well as shingles damaged by wind or hail.
Keep in mind that repair work is often preventive in nature, meaning it’s done so that you avoid bigger concerns. Leaks, for example, start out relatively small but can grow to the size of a golf ball in just weeks. Addressing the leak when it’s small isn’t just more affordable, it prevents moisture intrusion that can affect the more critical parts of your roof.
When Should You Replace the Roof?
How to tell when it’s time to replace your roof depends on many factors, and there are three that you need to take note of: water damage, age, and disasters.
Moisture damage is a sign that the roof has experienced extensive water intrusion from a leak, which has bypassed the inner layers of the structure and is now affecting the ceiling and the walls. Brown spots, mold, and peeling paint are all warning signs that it’s time to replace the roof.
Age is another factor and depends on the roofing material. Asphalt, the most common residential roofing material, has an expected life span of 20 to 25 years. Once it goes beyond that, it’s more economical to replace the shingles with brand new ones as any repair work you’ll do will end up the same price as a replacement.
Finally, there’s the intensity of the disaster that your roof has just weathered. Things like hurricanes, tornadoes, or exceptionally violent storms do extensive damage that often bypass the outer defenses of the roof and cause leaks.
If you want to be completely sure, get in touch with your local roofing contractor. At V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc. we offer in-depth inspections so that you know what course of action to take when it comes to your roofing.
Call us today at (206) 639-1634 to learn more. We are roofing experts serving homeowners throughout Connecticut.