Recently you’ve noticed a ceiling leak or two and it got you thinking. How old is my roof? If you don’t know the answer or you’re afraid to admit the truth, chances are it needs repairs or a full replacement. Figuring out if you’ve gotten the full life out of your roof, or if it has a few more years left, is the question that needs to be answered.
The roof needs to be examined thoroughly by an expert in roofing. He or she will look at the condition of the shingles, tiles, chimney, pipe towers, and flashing. Checking the tiles for granular loss is key. The granule protects tiles from Ultraviolet light, adds fire resistance, and even helps with the coloring. If there isn’t too much loss, then a repair can be made instead of full replacement. A single worker can make the necessary repairs in a day’s time. The work will include replacing damaged shingles or tiles, sealing any vent or pipe openings, and re-doing the flashing.
Weighing the Cost
Sometimes a roof is towards the end of its life, but may have a few years left. In this instance, you will need to weigh your options to determine which is more financially efficient. Repairs will save you from a huge expense and give you time to save for a replacement. Although, multiple repairs can add up and cost you money that you could have put toward a replacement roof. Doing a full replacement may be pricey, but homeowners will save money on future repairs and can sometimes qualify for insurance discounts.
If your roof is not in complete shambles, repair it. Otherwise, it can be uneconomical to repair a roof that clearly needs to be replaced. Every home is different, but generally if you have had it repaired multiple times before it may be time to face the music and go all in.
Deciding whether to replace or repair your roof can be a hard decision. If you’re debating this exact ultimatum in your head, you’ll need an honest expert’s opinion. You can always rely on the professionals at Preferred Exterior! For the last 40 years, we have built a solid reputation of getting the job done right the first time. We are fully committed to the people we serve and will help you decide what’s best for your home. For a professional opinion on your current roof, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.