While a regular roof inspection reveals unnoticed roof problems, it can also be challenging to decide whether you should opt for repair or replacement. Unexpected expenses can wreak havoc on any homeowner’s budget. Likewise, it pays to reflect on certain considerations before spending your money on a costly roofing system.
Below is an excerpt from a Yahoo! Homes article which helps homeowners arrive at an educated decision:
Replacing shingles due to wind damage or a fallen limb is a relatively easy and inexpensive. Torn or damaged shingles can be removed, and new ones can be slipped in place. The downside is that unless your roof is relatively new and you happen to have saved some spare shingles from the job, your patch job may not match the existing roof.
[…] If the damage is more significant but confined to one side of the roof, partial reroofing is an option that will cost thousands of dollars less than doing the entire roof. Repairing a section of roofing will also make it easier to blend new with old, because slight color differences will be less noticeable. […]
Additionally, a new roof may be just what you need if you spot the following signs of wear:
On average, shingle roofs can last for 20 to 25 years. If you see a lot of accumulated granules in your gutters, it only means that the roof is past its prime. Asphalt shingles have a fibrous layer on top which starts losing granules after a prolonged exposure to harsh weather conditions. Shingles also buckle up when the roofing system is not well ventilated and not properly installed.
Flashings are the metal pieces that cover roof joints. For homes that have roof cement or tar flashings, a dependable Auburn roofing contractor would suggest that these be replaced with a metal flashing system. Metal flashings can do a better job of waterproofing the joints, and they are also long-lasting.
Daylight sets in
The attic should be free of daylight. If present, then it means you have problematic roof boards. It would also be helpful to check if your insulation has accumulated excess moisture over time.
Having a quality roof above your head is of utmost importance. Be equally selective with potential contractors in as much as you pay close attention to the materials that you want. For professional roof repair in Auburn, choose trusted names such as Tedrick’s Roofing Inc.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Should You Replace or Repair Your Roof?, Yahoo! Homes, March 13, 2013)