As a homeowner, you’re well aware of how expensive it can get to keep your home in optimal shape. From sealing and recaulking windows to HVAC maintenance and trimming trees, the to-do list can become long and overwhelming. So, any time there are ways to minimize costs, you’re all over them. Such is the case when your roof is looking less than

How can you tell whether you can repair roof damage or whether it’s time to bite the bullet and invest in a new one? Thankfully, there are several signs that will lead you in the right direction.

Roof Damage Repair vs Replace

To know whether you can get away with repairing your roof vs installing a new one, you have to pay close attention to the details.

When to Repair:

1. A few missing shingles.

If only one or two shingles are missing, you can get away with simply replacing them. Just keep in mind that you should do so immediately, since failing to do so leaves your entire home vulnerable to further damage from the elements.

2. Cracked flashings.

Regular wear and tear, as well as exposure to the elements, can cause your flashings to become cracked or warped. When they become deteriorated, they can allow water to seep into your home’s structure; therefore, replace them as soon as you notice any damage. That being said, always hire a roofer to do this for you.

3. The damage is recent and was caused by extreme weather.

If there was a major storm in your hometown recently, and you know the damage to your roof was caused by that specific event, you may be able to have the damage repaired. Often times damage can be extensive enough that it requires full replacement, which may be covered by insurance, requiring that you only pay your deductible and the investment in any roof upgrades. If you’re unsure about whether the damage is repairable, contact a professional roofing contractor to properly inspect the roof.

When to Replace:

1. Too many damaged or curling shingles. Get up on the roof to closely inspect the singles from all sides of the house. If any of them are cracked, loose, or curling, it’s time to replace the whole thing. However, if the damage is relatively minor, you can use a roofing sealant to fix it.

2. Sunlight and rain filter through. Go to the attic during daylight and inspect the underside of your roof. You’ll need to bring a flashlight to spot any signs of water leaks or discoloration along the walls. This will make it easier to notice leaks.

3. Moss growth. Moss deteriorates the materials in your roof and can significantly shorten its lifespan. It can also lift the shingles, allowing water to seep in. This often results in mold growth, water leaks, and rotting frames. If you remove moss as soon as it starts growing, there may still be hope to save your roof. But, if you’ve been placing it on the back burner for months, the damage is already done.

4. Sagging. Sagging is a sign of a rotting frame, extensive water damage, or that the ceiling joists have pulled apart. A telltale sign that the problem is with joists that have pulled apart are cracks along the walls. Either way, there’s no way around it. If your roof is sagging, it’s time to replace it. Have a roofing expert inspect the roof to figure out the root cause – you may also have to replace flashing, gutters, or improve attic ventilation. The only way to know this is to have an experienced roofer help you.

5. You find granules in your gutters or around your house. Granules are small pieces that look like pebbles that are ordinarily on top of shingles. Seeing a small amount is not a big deal — especially after a storm or if someone has been working on your roof. But if you find a significant amount of them, inspect the shingles to see if they look bald. If they do, it’s time to get a new roof.

6. Your roof is 20 years old or older. The standard lifespan of a roof is 20 to 30 years, depending on the roofing materials. Extreme weather conditions can also shorten this time frame.

How often should you schedule roof maintenance?

Ideally, you should schedule roof maintenance twice a year – in the spring and in the fall. These are the times when the weather is not as harsh. Doing so also provides you with plenty of time to fix anything that may require attention before temperatures outside become unbearable.

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