Dark spots, light from the outside shining through a hole and sagging are signs that your roof is damaged and needs major attention. A damaged roof is often overlooked by homeowners because it isn’t the most obvious flaw that catches the eye. Besides, a bucket placed below a leak can solve the problem (temporarily).
But did you know that mold that grows on leaking roofs can cause serious respiratory problems such as coughing, wheezing, nasal stuffiness and throat irritation? Definitely a nightmare for people who suffer from asthma. If you can see daylight through your roof, it could mean that it’s missing shingles or that the decking has weakened due to moisture. Roof leaks can also cause your insulator to function less efficiently, which could result in abnormally high energy bills. Further, the combination of a short wire and a roof leak can create fireworks inside your house. The problems caused by damaged roofs can be detrimental and just like any household damage, they cannot be ignored. If anything, the damage only gets worse over time due to exposure to the sun and rain. In severe cases, roofs have even collapsed unexpectedly.
If you see signs of damage in your roof, ignoring them may be easier but that isn’t the smart option. Have a professional inspect it and tell you honestly whether it requires immediate attention. If you have a multi-layered roof, it may not be easy to detect any damage. Like they say, “Precaution is better than cure.”
When you have detected damage in your roof, the next question would be whether your roof requires a repair or a replacement. Sometimes, the damage may be small and you can resolve it with a simple repair, which obviously sounds like a cheaper fix. But when it’s big, choosing to save money by “repairing” will only make you pay twice — first for the repair and then for the replacement.
When should you choose to repair your roof?
So repairing is possible. Why would you replace your roof entirely then?
An important factor to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your roof is its age. The general idea is that an older roof will have to be replaced, but some roofs have a longer life than others. Slate roofs have an average lifespan of 100 years. Metal roofs can last up to 40 years. And asphalt roofs have the shortest life and can last up to 20 years. Of course, heat, poor gutter systems, poor maintenance and poor UV protection can reduce the life of your roof. When this happens, you have no choice but to replace it.
A very common mistake most homeowners make is choosing to repair because it is cheaper in the short-term when replacement is a wiser option. This is especially the case when the house has children or elders who could suffer from respiratory problems as a result of roof leaks. Unless repairing the damage is practical, replacing it is more economical in the long run. Replacing your roof will also give you a chance to change it to one that is more resilient and of better quality.
The best way to go about this would be to have Roof It Right come to take a look at your roof for a free estimate. They will tell you your options and their opinion of whether you should repair or replace it. Here is a list of the pros and cons of repairing and replacing your roof. The goal of this list is to aid you in making the best decision after consulting an expert:
Now that you are equipped with just enough information regarding both alternatives, you should be able to make the best decision for your roof. If you are not a victim of roof damage yet, this information may come in handy in the future. Some damage does not manifest itself visibly and may need immediate attention. This could save you from unexpected expenses in the future and help you maintain your existing roof so it can last longer.