When to Repair or Replace Your Roof
Sometimes, making the decision to repair or replace your roof is simple. All too often the choice isn’t that clear and making the right moves is essential when it comes to dealing with roofing damage.
Your home’s first line of defense against the elements is the roof. Consulting with a professional and understanding the role of roofing materials play in the repair or replace debate, makes it easier to make an informed decision. Get the peace of mind you need by reading this quick guide. Designed to give you all the information you need to make the best choice for your roof.
Roofing Materials: A Consideration in the Decision Making Process
When getting a new roof, most homeowners choose one of five roofing materials: tile, slate, metal, wood, or asphalt. Each material can be repaired or replaced, and each has its own qualities that can help you decide whether to patch things up or replace your roof based on durability and life expectancy.
- Tile: Tile is beloved for its durability, making it very popular in Florida communities. While tile can be pricey, it does typically last 20 years or longer. So you will want to repair unless the roof is already nearing the end of its life expectancy and is ready to be replaced.
- Slate: Among the most expensive and durable roofing materials, slate is coveted by many homeowners. Most slate roofs last 100 years or longer. But if a replacement is required it can be quite costly so try to repair in most situations.
- Metal: Homeowners who are seeking a sleek, modern look to their roof often turn to metal roofing. Metal roofing is durable (lasting 15 to 40 years), rarely requires repairs, and is affordable. If it does require repairs, it’s likely approaching its expiration date and replacement could be your best bet.
- Wood: Wood roofing looks great, but it requires a lot of upkeep to keep it in good shape over the expected 10 to 40-year span. If your wood roofing has sustained extensive damage, you might consider replacing it with another, more durable, roofing material.
- Asphalt: Asphalt shingles are easily installed, inexpensive and dependable. This is why it’s the most popular material throughout the country. Although it offers solid benefits, asphalt roofing also has the shortest lifespan, typically lasting only 15 to 20 years. Asphalt can be tricky to gauge in the replacement or repair debate because it almost always requires a professional inspection to make the decision.
Importance of Hiring a Professional to Inspect Your Roof
Before deciding whether to repair or replace your roof, have a pro come take a look. Experienced roofing contractors have a trained eye that can spot potential problems that you’d never even think to look for, including:
- The integrity of the entire roof
- Underlying problems with the waterproofing layer
- Cracks in fascia, soffits, chimneys, and vents
- Signs of a possible leak such as damp spots, peeling paint, and water stains
How to Hire a Roofing Contractor
Whether you’re hiring an inspector or roofing contractor to make repairs or replace the roof – the process remains the same. Check references, verify the contractor or company has a license and insurance, and get an estimate. Avoid falling victim to roofing scams, which often pop up after intense storms, by working with trusted, reputable professionals.
Partner with one of Florida’s most trusted construction solutions providers. The expert professionals at Carroll Bradford can help you assess your roof and determine the best course of action. Keeping your home’s integrity and your budget firmly in mind. We’re not only thorough, but we’re also honest and experienced in providing the utmost customer service.
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