Roofs are sturdy and long lasting, though they’re not permanent fixtures. Preventive maintenance and care can significantly increase the expected service life of your roof, with asphalt shingle roofs lasting up to 20 to 25 years and cedar roofs averaging about 30 years. But there are times that repairs alone just can’t cut it. or constant repairs will cost you more than what you expected. In this case, considering a full roof replacement may be the most practical choice for your home. When should you consider a roof replacement, and why is it more practical than repairs?
Heavy and costly damage is one of the foremost reasons to consider a roof replacement rather than continuously repairing it. Depending on certain factors, such as the extent of the damage and the age of your roof, a roof replacement can prove to be a better long-term investment for your property than regularly scheduled repairs. Weigh out your options, take your budget and your time into consideration, and do your research regarding the current state of your roof to make a sound decision.
If you can, enlist the help of a trusted friend or a capable family member, and check the condition of the shingles on your roof. Wear the proper gear and protective equipment, and visually inspect the surface of the roof. Shingles should lie flat against the roof. If only a few of them are lifting, cracked or damaged, a repair can address your current problem. If there are a lot of them displaced and are worn down, then a full roof replacement is the best course of action in the long run. Regardless, if you’re not sure of your assessment of the condition of your roof, contacting a team that specializes in shingle roof installation to inspect it is a great decision.
A roof that is nearing the end of its service life and has a lot of rot requires a full replacement. Repairing it alone is a stopgap measure that will end up costing you more in the long run, so getting a replacement saves more time, effort and money. Along with rot, moisture-induced growths like algae can compromise the condition of the shingles and the underlying structure of your roof, so carefully consider how you will approach this issue.
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