When to Repair and When to Replace Your Roofs
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Published by TOP4 Team
Should you replace your roofs or can you get more use from them, in say, a few more months or a year? If money is no issue, then the answer is easy. However, the reality is that very few things in life are easy, especially when you factor in money.
So when can you opt for repairs and when should you change your roofs? Here's a brief guide.
When to repair your roofs
Leaks may seem like a major issue for many homeowners. However, a seasoned roofing contractor can patch up leaks, allowing you to resolve the problem without spending a huge sum of money. However, these leaks should be immediately acted upon. If you delay the repair of your roofs, once the rainy season comes in, the framework of the roofing system may be damaged and you may have no other recourse but to replace your roofs.
Often after heavy winds or a storm, your roof shingle may bend. In this case, the shingle cannot give adequate protection to your home and the members of your household. Furthermore, your house becomes vulnerable to water damage. In some cases, roofing contractors require a quick repair, including fixing the cause of the problem which may include poor installation and the use of defective products. In other cases, the roofing contractor will implement temporary repairs and will advise you to replace the roof sometime in the near future.
When to replace your roofs
One sign that you need to purchase new roofs for your new home is when these have succumbed to an infestation of algae. Although the presence of algae on your roof does not necessarily merit a replacement, when the algal growth has gotten out of hand, your best choice would be to get new roofs. Fortunately, the problem can be easily detected and contained.
Another sign that you need new roofs is when there are already signs of advanced roof decay. Roof decay undermines your home's roof structure as well as its capacity to bear loads.
Everything has a set lifespan, including your roofs. Even if these are properly maintained, there will come a time when you have to replace these with new ones. The lifespan of roofs depends on the type of material. Asphalt, for example, can last up to 20 years while metal roofs can last more than double that.
Do remember that when roof replacement is inevitable, taking immediate action can sometimes help you save more money over the long term.