Fix Or Replace Your Roof?
To Fix or Replace Your Roof: That is the Question.
In today’s economy, many people are favoring a roof repair over a roof
replacement. But is that the right decision for you? You don’t want to
replace a roof too soon and waste money that you could’ve saved.
Depending on what type of problem you have, a small repair might be all
you need. Done properly, some fixes will last through the roof’s
lifetime. On the other hand, some repairs won’t last as long as a
complete roofing replacement
will. And remember, we’re talking about the roof over your head. Waiting
too long to do a replacement could leave you with expensive water damage
in one of your biggest investments.
You might also be surprised to know that many roof replacements are
actually covered by your home owner's policy. Your insurance company has
a vested interest in you having a good roof.
Here are a few ways to help you make the fix-or-replace-my-roof-decision
a little easier.
Make an effort to check the condition of your roof once or twice a
year so you can plan for repairs in advance. Consider the following
to be early warning signs.
- Dark spots or peeling paint on your ceiling.
- Damp spots around the fireplace.
- Water stains around the water heater and furnace vents.
Leaky Roof Might Equal Minor Trouble
- Cracked caulk or rusty spots on flashing.
- Shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering.
- Cracked or worn areas around the chimney, pipes & skylights.
- Gutters should not contain excessive particles from your asphalt
- If you notice any moss or other growth around the roof shingles
themselves, that could be a sign that the roof is decaying
underneath the shingles.
Roof leaks may be an early sign of trouble, but most can be repaired
without replacing the entire roof. Many roofs leak because of flashing
issues -- where two roof components meet. The best way to figure out
where the leak occurs is by hosing down each area of flashing until the
pesky leak is found. Then you can properly pinpoint exactly what spots
need repair. If you only see a minor issue here or there, and your roof
is less than 15 years old, a spot repair may be your best bet.