Roof repair or roof replacement? How to decide the best option for your residential roofing
Are you starting the spring season with a leaky or damaged roof? You may be wondering which option is best for your situation: undergoing roof repairs or a roofing installation. Residential roofing is a topic that can bring up a lot of different opinions, and sometimes there is no clear “right” answer. The shingles that are typically used for residential roofing last about 15 years on average. If your roof is showing problems and is nearing the end of its usable life, it is often best to replace it rather than undergo roof repairs.
Signs that roof repairs may be enough to fix your problem
If you have a localized problem, such as a leak or loose or damaged shingles, it is likely that you will not require a full roof installation. Before you decide to go down this route, be sure to inspect the interior of your roof for any further damage. It is important to look at your interior roof in your attic or crawl space for any signs of damage. When there is an isolated area of damage, such as a few shingles damaged by hail, it is simple enough to replace the shingles.
Newer roofs should not have significant problems due to the integrity of the materials that are currently used in roofing shingles. However, Colorado weather can cause a lot of wear and tear on your roof that is not related to the quality of your shingles. We recommend that damage to a newer roof be repaired as there is no reason to replace a roof when the damage is limited to a small area.
Signs your roof probably needs to be replaced
If your roof is over 12 years old and you are starting to experience problems with leaks and damage, it is probably a good idea to replace it rather than continuously make repairs. A new roof installation can help you to keep your home safe from the elements and ease your mind of the worry that a leaky roof can cause. When moisture enters your home through a leak or seepage, you are opening yourself up to further problems, such as the development of mold and even issues with the foundation and structure of your home.
HomeAdvisor recommends that you consider the type of shingle that you have on your roof when deciding whether to repair or replace. It is typical practice to replace your roof every 12 to 15 years depending on the materials that have been used, and if you are nearing that threshold, most professional roofers will suggest that you replace the roof outright. Over time roofing materials can degrade from weather exposure, heat and cold, and the passage of time. As the shingle materials break down you are going to experience a less secure roof that may become more prone to leaks and other issues.
Is it time to replace or repair your residential roofing? Contact roofing companies like Genesis today and learn how they can help!