5 Ways to know if you should repair or replace your residential roofing

Is your residential roofing constantly giving you problems?

And no matter of how many repairs you do, the problems still find a way to return?

If so, it’s probably time to replace your residential roofing, but you probably don’t want to make that expense unless it is absolutely necessary.

Knowing when is better to repair your residential roofing and when is better to replace it can help you avoid an unnecessary expense or completely stop your residential roofing problems from coming back once and for all.

However, this is not easy to tell for the untrained eye, so hiring a professional inspector is usually recommended.

Today I will be sharing with you 5 ways to know if you should repair or replace your residential roofing.

#1 Ask yourself ‘’how old is my home?’’

First of all, try to remember how long ago your residential roofing was installed, Age plays a huge role when it comes to deciding whether it is better to repair or to do a replacement.

Based on the materials used to build the residential roofing of your home the durability might vary, some types of roofing can hold up for around 20 years without issues while others can last for more than 50 years.

I recommend considering a roof replacement if your residential roofing is more than 20 years old and has started to show signs of wear and tear like leaks, blistering and peeling of paint in which case a replacement is highly encouraged.

#2 Schedule an exterior inspection and an interior inspection

If you don’t know how old your residential roofing is or when it was installed, think of scheduling an inspection with your residential roofing contractor and let them inspect your residential roofing thoroughly.

During an exterior inspection the inspectors will take a look at the state of your residential roofing and will search for flaws in the roofing such as buckling and curling shingles, rusty or damaged flashing, cracks in the chimney and clogged gutter as well as help you reveal damage that could be hard to spot for the untrained eye.

During an interior inspection, inspectors will check the attic for leaks, light coming from the other side, Signs of moisture and mold and proper ventilation. All of these issues if left unattended have the potential of becoming much more expensive and bigger problems down the road.

#3 Consider your budget

A residential roofing replacement can be pretty expensive, always check your budget first and see if you can afford to do a replacement. If it is outside of your budget, a repair might be better for you as they will stop the problem temporarily but are considerably cheaper.

Don’t hesitate to ask your residential roofing contractor for an estimate as this will help you decide what is the best choice for you. 

#4 Your residential roofing needs to be constantly repaired

If your residential roofing is old enough, at some point you will realize that the repairs are not as efficient as they were in the past, and besides needing more and more repairs the price of said repairs keeps increasing as well, at that point it is very safe to say that the residential roofing should be replaced as soon as possible.

#5 Do you plan to move?

If you are planning to move out of your home in the future replacing your residential roofing should not be something you want to do especially if you have a relatively low budget, if this is the case a simple repair will do. However, a residential roofing replacement could potentially increase your property’s value so it’s worth considering doing this if you have the funds for it and plan to sell.

If instead keeping the house is in your plans it’s recommended that you replace the residential roofing as this will get rid of the need for repairs and will take a burden off your shoulders.

Whether you have to deal with hostile weather or the years are giving your roof a bad time simply follow these 5 tips and you will have no problems figuring out what is the best action to take. Whether it needs a repair or needs replacing, you will know what to do.