Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

A question I get often is at what point should you consider replacing your roof, as opposed to fixing it? Variables in roofing materials and your particular situation will ultimately help decide, but I’ve put together some helpful questions to help you make that decision. What is the age of your roof compared with its expected lifespan? Here is a quick guide for popular roofing materials.

• Asphalt Shingles: This is the most common of residential roofing material and they generally last 15 to 25 years. This could be less if you live in a coastal, high wind or hot climate areas .

• Cedar Shingles or Shakes: Expensive but beautiful, these have a limited lifespan of perhaps 15 to 25 years. Cedar Shingles can add significant value to the right home.

• Synthetic Cedar Shingles: Creates a faux look of its natural sibling but with a longer lifespan. Synthetic shingles are new product that is thought to have a 50 year or more lifespan. Again the area of installation could change this.

• Metal: Gaining in popularity, today’s steel metal roofs can be expected to last at least 50 years in a non corrosive environment . Life expectancy can be greatly reduced if install in a salt or corrosive environment. In these areas it is recommended to use aluminum, copper, tern steel panels.

• Natural Slate: Found frequently on historical buildings and churches. These can easily reach 100 years or more.

• Synthetic Slate: A relatively new material that gives the appearance of natural slate. It is a mixture of plastic and rubber than should last 50 plus years.

Based on how close your roof is to the end of its expected lifespan, we can make the following suggestions on when to repair versus when to replace your roof.

When to Repair your Roof: If you are experiencing a first, or even second leak in your roof. If you see water spots on a ceiling tile. If there is a leak after a rain that is limited to an easily identifiable area. When you can see an area where a shingle or a only few shingles are missing. Recent high winds have caused minor visual damage. Your financial situation necessitates repair over replacement.

When to Replace your Roof:  If the most recent leak is the latest of many recent leaks. If you are seeing water stains on ceiling tiles in multiple areas or rooms. If the leaks seem to be over a widespread area. If you lose shingles or roofing materials after high winds. If shingles have curling corners and don’t seem to be lying flat. If roofing materials appear to be chipped, cracked or have pieces broken off. If storm damage makes it possible the cost will be covered by insurance. If you want to add curb appeal and value to your home.

Just the Beginning: Deciding to repair or replace your roofing material is just the beginning. Is it a job that should be completed by a experienced professional or should I do it myself?  Is the underlayment solid? Should you replace flashing? If you are experiencing issues with your roof, we can help. Gallop Roofing & Remodeling Inc. is a trusted name in roofing and can assist from minor repairs to a complete tear off and re-roof with many different materials. If you’re located in the Northeast North Carolina or Southeast Virginia please give us a call at 1-800-653-9306 for a free roof evaluation.