How can you tell if repairs are enough to fix your roof or you need to replace it altogether? Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules about roof replacements—they’re decided on a case by case basis. A professional roofing contractor will usually take into account certain factors before making a recommendation.
These factors are:
Roof’s Age and Remaining Estimated Lifespan
It makes more practical and financial sense to replace your roof if it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. As a roofing system nears the end of its lifespan, it’s likely to require more repairs. Individually, repair costs might not seem like much. However, they can quickly add up and, in the long term, prove to be more expensive than a single roof replacement.
Factors That Can Shorten Your Roof’s Lifespan
All roofing materials have estimated lifespans. For instance, asphalt shingles—the most popular roofing material on the market—have an estimated lifespan of 20 years, although the estimated lifespan will ultimately depend on the quality of the material. (That’s why it’s best to stick to reputable brands such as GAF®).
Keep in mind that these are just estimates—the estimated lifespan of a shingle can be shortened by several factors such as the climate, extreme weather events and the quality of the roof installation.
Lack of Maintenance
The usual culprit behind a shortened roof lifespan is irregular maintenance. Roofing maintenance is a must if you want to keep your roof in good condition and potentially extend its lifespan. Routine inspections help ensure relatively minor roofing issues are fixed while maintenance reinforce worn parts of your roofing system to make sure it can handle daily wear and tear.
Keep in mind that it’s easy to miss the warning signs of early roof damage. Not to mention improper maintenance is just as bad as neglecting to maintain your roof. That’s why only a licensed and professional roof contractor should conduct roof inspections maintenance.
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Blue Square Roofing & Construction, LLC, a GAF Master Elite® contractor, offers a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof repair services. To schedule an appointment, call us at (256) 572-7431 or fill out this form.