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 as well as 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 end of the world. When something happens like leaks, they may start to wonder if a roof replacement is in there 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 that include hail and blustering winds. These are not great conditions for our roofs. Though most roofing types are built to withstand this type of weather, some storms simply went out over the roof.
If your home has sustained severe storm damage, you may be wondering if a repair would be a more economical choice. 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 or not. If your roofing contractor finds that your roof was just ageing and that was the reason for the damage, you may be having to pay out-of-pocket for the replacement.
Would Like To Improve Curb Appeal
Another reason homeowners choose to replace their roof is to enhance the look of their home. There’s nothing wrong with replacing your roof in hopes of making the property look better or to meet 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 there are many services available to improve the look, such as soft washing for roofs, this isn’t always the solution homeowners are looking for. Soft washing will not fix shingles, as it will only remove dirt, stains, mould, and mildew.
When to Repair?
Roofing contractors often will suggest repairs if the age of the roof warrants them to do so. An older roof will just keep having more issues. Essentially, when you’re making repairs to an older roof, you’re simply putting a Band-Aid on the problem. While this may seem like a cost-effective choice at the time when you have to make multiple repairs, the cost can really 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’ll have the option of what roofing material you’ll want to use. There are several on the market, each having their own 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, as well as being 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 for sure whether or not you need a roof replacement is by contacting the professionals. Red Owl Roofing offers roof inspections that can help property owners determine the extent of damage to their roof and if repairs or replacement are the best fit for their needs.