Should You Replace or Repair Your Roof?
Your roof is easily the most crucial part of your home. That is, as long as you want to keep everything from the outside from getting inside. Roofs protect us from inclimate weather of all kinds, and allow us to control the internal temperature of our homes no matter how hot or cold it might be outside. If your roof is failing, then let’s be honest, the whole house is in trouble.
A roof in need of replacement or repairs will show a lot of warning signs. You may notice mold growing, leaks occurring, puddles forming or shingles missing from the exterior of your house. Depending on the severity of these signs or how many of them appear at the same time, you might just need to schedule a repair job, or you might need to start thinking about replacing your entire roof.
Generally speaking, if you’re just seeing minor external damage — you probably don’t need to completely replace your roof. Repairs like these are fairly run-of-the-mill and happen to many roofs after large hail storms or other atmospheric events. If you notice a few shingles missing or cracked, your roofers will just need to make some quick and easy repairs unless there is a larger underlying issue. Make sure to jump on those repairs quickly, because unsolved roof problems can easily start to build up even if you just have one weakened spot.
If you’re noticing exterior issues, it’s also smart to look back at the last time your roof was replaced. Something like this can help you piece together if it’s probably just a small issue at hand, or if you’re facing a decades-old roof that desperately needs a fresh update. Most roofs tend to be warrantied for about 20 to 30 years — so if your roof is cutting into that time frame, maybe it’s time to consider replacing it completely. Though you might not be running into any issues at the moment, it can only take one bad storm and one weak roof to wreak havoc on your house and cost you a lot more.
Even if your roof is relatively “young” but you’re running into a plethora of issues — leaks, exterior damages, etc. — then you also might be in need of a replacement. There could have been issues in your installation that were unseen until now, or you might have just had plain bad luck. Either way, an experienced roofer can take your situation into account and determine the best possible plan for you and your roof.
Remember, repairs and replacements should not just be a quick-fix for your roof. Let’s paint a picture here: imagine your roof is like an umbrella, and there’s a hole in it. Would you rather patch it up with something a bit more intensive, or just cover the hole with a band-aid? We know what would work for this situation, and what definitely would not! Don’t opt for a short-term fix, make sure you’re picking the option that’s best for the longevity of your home.
If you are trying to decide whether you should replace or repair your roof, contact Alliance Roofing today. We offer free estimates on roofing repairs and replacement for residential and commercial roofing in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.