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The roof is an important part of any building, whether a commercial or residential property. However, like every other installation in the home, the roof is prone to damage over time. This may cause the property owner to consider whether they need to repair or replace the roof and a more important question, when to carry out the roof replacement project.

When do I need a roof replacement?

Roof replacement is not a cheap project to embark upon. This is why many property owners won’t subscribe to this idea until it is absolutely needed. In order to save on costs, a property owner needs to know when they will need to do roof repairs and when the roof requires full replacement.

To better tell whether you need a repair or replacement of your roof, below are some of the important things you need to be aware of.

Choose roof repair if…

Roof repairs are cheap and affordable compared to a roof replacement. In most cases when your roof suffers mild damages, you will want to choose roof repair based on the size of the damage. Below are some of the reasons why you should consider roof repairs.

1. Repair if the roof is relatively new

Your roof is expected to last between 15-20 years or more when properly maintained. Therefore, if you experience some problems with your roof 5 years after installation, you may want to consider a repair job instead of shouldering the expenses of roof replacement.

If you have a roof with asphalt shingles, then you should typically expect it to last between 15 to 25 years while a wood shake roof can last longer, for about 30 years. If you have made use of a tile, slate, or metal roof, the lifespan is further extended to about 50 years.

2. Repair if roof shingles are in good condition

When deciding whether to repair or replace your roof, be sure to determine whether the shingles are still in good condition. The shingles reflect the health of the roof. A roof worth salvaging will have its shingles in good condition and without extensive signs of damage.

3. When the roof requires minor repairs

When your roof has come under minor issues like roof leaks, then you want to consider a cheaper means to extend the lifespan of the roof. Roof repairs are recommended when your roof exhibits minor damages.

Choose replacement if…

Roof replacement is recommended when the roof is in bad condition and requires frequent repairs. In some cases, roof replacement may be a better and economical choice compared to constant and frequent repairs.

It is recommended that you should consider roof replacement in the following scenarios

1. When your roof is aged

No matter the level of maintenance which you have invested in your roof, age will tell on it and this may influence its ability to withstand weather elements. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, then you may want to consider choosing roof replacement.

2. When the shingles on your roof are missing

The shingles are an indicator of the roof’s health. In more cases than one, roof replacement is recommended when the shingles are in bad shape. To better determine whether you need a roof replacement or not, be sure to inspect it for extensive damages, mold, algae, mildew or any other forms of stains.

3. When your roof is badly damaged by a storm

One of the most common reasons why most people look for roof replacement is due to damage from weather conditions. While some weather elements wear out the roof over time, others, like storms may be instantaneous. If your roof has been damaged by a storm, reach out to our roofing contractors for prompt inspection and replacement. 


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