Let’s be realistic – the possibilities of a leaking roof, especially in the middle of winter, is really a scary proposition. There isn’t any arguing that a completely new roof will provide you with a better a feeling of security than repairing a busted roof far beyond its serviceable life. For that reason, many unscrupulous roofing specialists will use scare tactics to get homeowners to opt for a new roof replacement versus a repair on a roof which has much life remaining. A fast overview of a couple of critical items can help you feel more confident if you should be seeking replacement or trying to repair.
First, you should evaluate different criteria according to whether your suspicion that you might want a new roof is based on either a roof leak or even a roof that is dirty (stains, moss, etc.) If the primary reason you imagine it’s about time for a new roof could be because of a roof leak, you should clarify a few issues regarding that leak.
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Decide if or not the roof leaks in one or multiple locations, and whether it is in a location that has leaked and been repaired repeatedly. A single location, leaking the very first time, is frequently not on it’s own likely to be a complete indication of the need to replace the entire roof. More inclined that not, a single part of the roofing system (flashing, vent, a mis-nailed shingle) has failed nevertheless the remaining roof still could be in decent condition. Leaks in multiple locations bode more ominous results.
If multiple locations are experiencing shingles loosen, nails rise, flashing fail, the risk of the roof being worn out are much higher. When the same location has leaked and been repaired repeatedly, it could do not have been adequately addressed and also the same mistaken repair may be remaining performed. It will be critical to get an assessment for a roof leak repair expert whether there’s something un-repairable or if the past repairs addressed the wrong issue. Do not let one bad spot to cost you an entire new roof!
Next, look at the roof leak location. Is it below, or in a bit of an immediate path below a skylight, vent, or pipe? Is it possibly at the valley or roof intersection where either on parts of roof meets another or where the roof meets a wall? Or rather is it out in middle of roof field? Leaks at intersections and valleys usually do not indicate by themselves that a roof is completed. More probable, there are flashing issues. Leaks in the middle of a roof field with no nearby intrusions into the roof can be a bad sign.
Remember, there are very few leaks that are un-repairable. The problem becomes if the roof has adequate remaining life to justify the repair’s cost.
If an unsightly roof (fungus or mildew stains or moss growth) is what is making you think you need a new roof, you have to find out about what is underneath the stains or moss. There is not always a correlation to a dirty roof and it’s life being over. You will find most definitely roofs that wont withstand even the gentlest possible roof cleaning without sustaining damage that puts it in poor condition. Particularly with moss, someone proficient in the area, there are some moss types and infestations that cannot be properly dislodged without stressing a roof. If a roof is on the borderline to start with, such a roof is best left alone and the funds save for going toward a new roof.
That exception being made, most roofs that are simply dirty would benefit for the gentlest cleaning accessible to solve its particular issue. Washing the roof will usually help support roof life, specifically where growths such as moss could cause “micro-dams” on the roof and result in damage. Always be sure that the roof has adequate life remaining so that your maintenance dollars won’t be wasted.
For composition roofs (the most typical type), granules, or lack there of, are the primary indicator of remaining roof life, similar to the tread on a tire. In case a roof consistently has lost lots of its granules it’s really time to replace it. Lacking any adequate amount of granule, which assists reflect the UV rays and protect the more sensitive lower layers of the material, the roof will soon be leaking. However, if the roof has enough granules that you consistently cannot see the underlying composition layers, the chances are good that, withstanding other difficulties, it might have more life remaining.
Even with adequate granule, in the event the roof’s shingles are starting to cup or curl upward, it could also be time for you to consider replacing. Cupping and curling often are signs of interior ventilation problems that cause excessive attic temperatures. This is a problem you would want corrected with the new roof installation because it takes life off a roof that otherwise may have had more life remaining.
Loose or dislodged shingles may signal a regrettable, premature death of the roof. In many cases this can be a sign that the roofing material was victim of an installation faulty, whether or not the material itself has more life remaining. Comparable to leaks, the quantity of trouble spots will explain a whole lot. If it is just one trouble spot, you’ll probably only have to opt for a repair. Multiple locations, however, indicate the bad installation stated earlier and you’ll want to get it replaced.
The majority of calls we receive thinking a new roof is needed as a result of homeowner diagnosed issues actually turn out to be repairs. However, if the homeowner has taken the roof’s age as part of equation (for instance, the roof is near or beyond the manufacturer’s age span,) then a results reverse and we see the majority of those roofs requiring replacement. In many cases, homeowners understandably have no idea age of their roof, for instance if they moved into a pre-existing home in which the previous owners weren’t original owners. In that case, they are very influenced by an expert’s opinion, however it also needs to be an honest one!
Regardless of what is causing you to thing you may need a new roof, slow down. A day or two of analyzing these critical considerations may save you thousands of dollars.