While removing snow from your roof, your roofer discovers some serious damage to it. Your roofer informs you that fixing the damage might be expensive and instead recommend a full roof replacement. You’ve worked with this roofer before and know the person has been nothing but honest and fair. Should you keep believing the roofer now, or should you get a second opinion?
This is a question many homeowners have to answer at some point: should I keep repairing my roof, or should I replace it already? You can come up with the right answer by observing a few things about your roof:
How Bad Is the Leak?
Get a flashlight, and go into your attic. Look for signs of water damage. Clumped insulation is a sign of leaking. If you see shafts of light coming in through the roof, there are holes in it. Does it smell like mold? Are the walls stained or peeling? Is there rotted wood? Is the attic damp? Are there stains on the ceiling? All of these are signs of moderate to severe water damage, in which case you should seriously consider replacing your roof.
Clumped insulation is useless, and, if some of that insulation is covering the vents, that’s also bad news for your roof.
How Old Is Your Roof?
Look at the documents, and find out when your roof was installed or replaced. If you have a regular asphalt shingle roof, and it’s more than 20 to 25 years old, it’s time to replace it. If a re-roofing was done 20 years ago, it’s also time to get a roof replacement.
How Do Your Shingles Look?
Shingles should lie flat against the roof. They should also have those tiny granules that protect them against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some special shingles have copper granules included with their regular shingles to protect them from algae growth.
Shingles that are cracked, cupped, clawing, buckling or otherwise deformed or missing are already past their service life. If you find a bunch of granules in your gutters and downspouts, this might also indicate end of life. Replace your roof.
What Is the Condition of the Flashing?
Flashing is a strip of metal or other corrosion-resistant material installed in areas of the roof that are prone to leaks. Flashing is found around roof penetrations, including chimneys and skylights, to add leak protection. The valleys of your roof should also have flashing that leads water to the gutters.
Missing, cracked, loose and broken flashing is useless. It’s typically easy for a professional to replace broken flashing, but if most of the flashing on your roof is damaged, it’s highly unlikely that the rest of your roof is in good shape. This means a roof replacement is in order.
How Much Are You Spending on Annual Repairs?
To take better care of your roof, have it inspected and repaired twice a year, depending on your climate and how much debris lands on it from trees. However, if you’re repairing more often and spending more money, seriously consider getting a new roof instead.
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