Out of sight, out of mind is a great mantra to live by, except when it comes to your roof. Ignoring the upkeep or damage to your roof can result in devastating consequences, some of which could be leaks, mold or property damage. To avoid these headaches, homeowners should routinely check their roof for causes of concern. These may include:
· Noticeable sunlight shining into your attic
· Ceiling discoloration or sagging
· Missing, curling, or cracked roof shingles
· Water damage
· Roof debris in your gutter system
When deciding between a roof repair or replacement, there are considerations. If you live in a new construction or have had a roof replacement in the last few years, a patch or repair to damage should serve you fine. Damage in this situation will likely be isolated, such as effects from a severe storm. In contrast, if you live in an older home with an aged roof, it may be best to replace it for a greater return on investment. If the roof needs repair in one area, it’s likely the surrounding areas will soon follow, and this could save you from multiple, costly repairs.
Though it's inevitable for all roofs to be replaced, damage on roofs in good condition can usually be fixed with simple repairs or patchwork. Yet, it’s important to note that repairs or patches should be resolved before leaks begin, as the repairs will only serve as a temporary fix.
Ideal repair or patch scenarios include:
· Roof is less than a year old
· You suspect an area may begin to leak
· Missing a few shingles with no visible damage to the surface of the roof
· Weather impacted an isolated area
Ideal replacement scenarios include:
· Roof is more than 15-years-old
· Leaks extensively
· Moss, algae, or watermarks on your ceiling
· More than a few shingles missing or curling
Being proactive about your roof maintenance will not only extend the life of your roof, but most importantly protect your home and family from harm. Plus, a watchful eye will keep your home always looking its best while also reducing energy costs by guaranteeing your roof is adequately insulated and ventilated. Regardless, it’s crucial to consult a professional roofer when unsure whether to repair, patch or replace your roof. We can professionally assess the damage and provide homeowners with an accurate solution and estimate with top-notch customer service.