Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

Repair or Replace My Roof

Repair or Replace My Roof

Your roof protects your entire home, the structure as well as all of its contents.  It protects against precipitation, extreme heat, and severe weather, making roof maintenance, repair and/or replacement an extremely important and essential home project.  When the time comes to determine whether a repair or replacement roof is needed for your home, it is best to have a professional roofing company come and inspect your roof for damages.  Most roofing contractors will provide you with a free inspection and estimate.  The following are a few tips and signs to help you determine when it’s time for a new roof.

Repair or Replace My Roof?

In some cases, a new roof is clearing noticeable, such as catastrophic storm damage, hail damage, holes, or leaks.  Other times, you may notice a few missing shingles, or some have blown off on a particularly windy day.  Missing shingles are a definite sign that repairs are needed.  It is important though, to consider the age of your roof when determining repairs or replacement.  Most roofs have a life expectancy of about 20 years.  If your roof is approaching the 20 year mark, it may be wise to go ahead with a new roof, rather than spend money on repairs for an aging structure.

Curling of Shingles

If you notice that the shingles on your roof are beginning to curl up around the edges, repairs or perhaps a new roof is needed.  The curling of shingles can cause water to collect in the curled up edges, resulting in rotting of your roof.  When your shingles start to curl they are beginning to fail, and therefore not providing the protection your home needs.  A professional roofing contractor can you help decide if repairing your shingles can be done, or if a replacement roof is best for your home.

Blistering

Blisters will reveal little holes, exposing the layer underneath the roof. This occurs when moisture is trapped inside the shingle, and signals an improperly ventilated roof.  Again, when something like this is happening, your roof is not providing the best protections for your home.

Rotting

Sometimes, rotting can be mistaken for algae. Roof algae are mostly found in Southern states, where the climate is warm and humid.  If your roof has algae, a simple repairing of the shingles can be done.  If however, your roof is rotting, a new roof is definitely needed.  Rotting ensues when your roof is absorbing moisture, rather than repelling it, causing the shingles to then split or disintegrate.  Rotting also is a sign of a weak and unstable roof.

Ceiling Spots

Discoloration and persistent water stains on you ceiling are a direct result of a leaking roof, telling you your roof needs an inspection.   A simple leak or two can usually be repaired, however if you leave a leak for too long, rotting can start to take hold, which will then certainly require a new roof.

Veteran Contracting provides new roof installation, roof repair, as well as siding and gutter replacement and repairs.

We are roofing contractors serving the Kansas City, St. Louis, and Omaha, NE areas.  Contact us for all your home improvement needs.