Making The Decision To Repair Or Replace Your Roof

Posted on: 3 December 2015

If you have a roof leak, it's important to have your roof checked out by a professional before the leak causes too much damage. Whether the leak was small doesn't matter. If you have a roof leak, you should be concerned that there are other areas of your roof that are no longer able to keep out snow, ice and rain. If you notice water stains on your ceilings, or you have water pouring into your home from the roof, it's time to call in a roofing contractor to assess the situation.

Your Roof Is Less than Ten Years Old

If you have a traditional asphalt roof on your home, you can expect that this roof will remain in good shape for 15 to 20 years. If the roof is significantly newer than 15 years, it is likely that you are not experiencing problems throughout your roof. Leaks should be repaired immediately to avoid water damage in your attic, eaves and ceilings. When your roof is ten years old or newer, a good patch job should be all that you need to fix your roof for a number of years.

You Can See Loose Shingles

If you can see loose shingles on your roof, or if some have come loose and landed on the ground, it's probably time for your roof to be replaced. Even if you haven't experienced any noticeable leaks, a roof that has loose shingles is losing its ability to protect your home from the elements. Before your home is subject to water damage, have your roof inspected by a qualified professional to see if your roof needs to be replaced.

This is Your First Roof Repair

If your roof consists of asphalt shingles and this is only your first roof repair, you can probably get by with repairing your roof for a couple of years. While your shingles may be starting to lose their protective capacity, most people will go through one or two roof repairs before they decide to replace their roof completely. It's important to listen to the recommendations of your contractor, as they will assess your roof and determine whether you can wait or not for a complete roof replacement.

Ignoring roof problems is only going to lead to structural damage and mold growth in your home. Left untreated, your roof leaks can cause mold buildup in your attic, wood to rot from standing water, and damage to your ceiling and walls because of water buildup.