Do You Need A Roof Replacement?
We depend on our roofs day after day, year after year. They take a significant amount of abuse from the sun, protecting us against the elements and pests. Though our roofs are meant to last for many years, they don’t always last forever. While this may be a sad fact for homeowners, it isn’t the world’s end. When something happens like leaks, they may wonder if a roof replacement is in their near future.
Have You Had Storm Damage?
A common reason homeowners choose or have to have a roof replacement is because of storm damage. In Texas, we receive a significant amount of storms, including hail and blustering winds. These are not great conditions for our roofs. Though most roofing types are built to withstand this weather, some storms simply go out over the roof.
If your home has sustained severe storm damage, you may wonder if a repair would be more economical. Most homeowners are in luck, as insurance will cover storm damage usually. However, you’ll need to meet with a roofing contractor to determine whether or not the storm is the reason for the replacement. If your roofing contractor finds that your roof is ageing and that was the reason for the damage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for the replacement.
Would Like To Improve Curb Appeal
Another reason homeowners choose to replace their roofs is to enhance the look of their homes. There’s nothing wrong with replacing your roof in hopes of making the property look better or meeting the standard set by your HOA. For some, installing a metal roof can hit all those marks of improving the look while getting better durability.
An ageing roof will not look as good as a new roof. While many services are available to improve the look, such as soft washing for roofs, this isn’t always the solution for which homeowners are looking. Soft washing will not fix shingles; it will only remove dirt, stains, mould, and mildew.
When to Repair?
Roofing contractors often will suggest repairs if the roof age warrants them to do so. An older roof will keep having more issues. When repairing an older roof, you’re simply putting a Band-Aid on the problem. While this may seem like a cost-effective choice at a time when you have to make multiple repairs, the cost can add up.
Another time that a repair may be the best solution is if a leak or only one shingle is affected. And in these instances, it would make no sense to replace the entire roof.
When replacing your roof, you can choose what roofing material you want to use. There are several on the market, each having its pros and cons. For homeowners, the two most requested are asphalt shingles and metal roofs. There is a significant difference between the two, that being the price tag. In most cases, metal roofing is not an economical choice. That doesn’t mean it isn’t the best option for your needs.
Metal roofing delivers outstanding quality in terms of durability and appearance and is fire-resistant. Those that opt for a metal roof can enjoy peace of mind and up to 50 years of worry-free roofing. Though most are rated at 50 years, most will never have to replace a roof in their lifetime.
Get Definite Answers With An Inspection
The best way to know whether or not you need a roof replacement is by contacting professionals. Red Owl Roofing offers roof inspections that can help property owners determine the extent of damage to their roofs and if repairs or replacements are the best fit for their needs.
June 28 at 10:26 am
I agree, it would be best to contact a professional roofer in order to know if your roof needs a mere repair or a replacement. A professional will also give advice on what kind of roof material will fit best with the environment and the weather of your state. Thank you for this informative article.