No matter how little you want to deal with them, roofing issues sometimes appear. There is never a right moment for a roofing problem to arise, although it is best to tackle them on a clear, sunny day and definitely instead of during winter. Unfortunately, you cannot always predict when your roof is going to get damaged or how. That is why you should make it a habit to take a regular look at your roof to prevent any problems. Sometimes it can be very hard to detect a problem, which is why a thorough inspection by a professional roofing contractor is required to get to the bottom of anything questionable. Unless of course, you are fully acquainted with roofing issues (including the dangers) and how to deal with them. Repair or replace? That is always the question. Both options can end up a pretty costly affair but as far as the quality of life is concerned, doing one or the other is worth every cent. So how do you determine the best option for your roof and your situation? Check out this short article on the topic. You might find it useful.
First off, let’s have a look at some of the telltale signs that something is wrong with your roof.
- Your storm gutters often end up clogged with granules
- You notice broken tiles or shingles on your roof
- Your shingles lack granules
- You notice that the attic insulation is wet
- Flashing is damaged or missing
You should know that problems with roofing generally occurs on the exterior first, so it is important to be able to recognize any changes in the structure itself. Bear in mind that unless you fix an problems you may find fairly soon, the damage will spread to the inside, making repairs much more difficult and expensive.
- Your wallboards have started to discolor
- Paint has started peeling or cracking
- Wallpaper is peeling
- Mildew or mold has formed on the walls and ceiling
- Your ceiling has some very suspicious brown spots, the nature of which you are not familiar with
If you miss the exterior signs, at least make sure you act fast as possible when you discover any of the telltale interior signals just noted above. The sooner you find a solution, the better. No matter if you currently live in that property, you have rented it out or you are intending to sell it, it is up to you to care for your roof and make sure that it is regularly and routinely cleaned and taken care of. That is unless you want to make all matters worse and end up paying why will probably amount to a king’s ransom for a costly, total replacement.
If you are not sure whether the damage on your roof requires a repair or a total replacement, call a qualified, licensed local roofing contractor.
When to Repair:
- If your roof is new (less than 20 years old) depending on the life expectancy of the material and application
- If the warranty period of the roofing materials has not yet expired
- If a leak does not reappear once you have it repaired
- If there is only a small leak that needs repair
- If this is the first time you have had to hire a contractor to repair your roof
When to Replace:
- If the warranty period of the roofing material has expired
- If the roof is too old (over 20 years old or dependent upon the life expectancy of the material/application)
- If the roof has been repaired a number of times previously
- If there are leaks found in numerous locations of the structure
- If leaks keep on reappearing after they are repaired
Unfortunately, sometimes there may not be any visible signs that the roof structure has been damaged and needs repair or replacement. Unless you are an expert at roofing, let a certified, licensed roofing professional inspect the roof. A trusted expert will be able to detect the problems you are facing (if any) and provide the best solution for your situation and one that will make you worry much less.