Have you been walking in your yard and found shingles lying in the grass? Are you spotting water spots on your ceilings or visible leaks when it rains? If your answer was yes to either one of these scenarios, then it’s time to seek out a professional local roofing company to take a look at your roof. The exact solution to your scenario can vary. The inevitable question will be, “Should I repair my roof or replace it?”
Before determining the right course of action, there are a few things to consider. Let’s cover a few of the top factors that might sway your decision one way or the other.
How old is your roof?
When it comes to asphalt shingles, there are a number of factors to consider. The age of the roof is most important. If you do not know when your roof was installed, a local roofing contractor can give you a very close estimate. Lower quality three-tab shingles last in the neighborhood of 15 to 20 years. Higher quality architectural shingles can last up to 40 years in ideal conditions. Due to how heavy they are, they can also withstand winds up to 130 mph!
Some signs of an old roof include:
- Shingles curling
- Shingles with excessive granules missing
- Shingles missing
- Moss on your roof
- Granules in your gutters
How long do you plan on living in this home?
If the current home you live in is not your forever home, it might not make sense to invest in a whole roof replacement. The flip side is that when you go to sell your home, it may be harder to sell depending upon the overall roof condition. If you plan to sell your home in the near future and your roof has visible signs of wear, this is undoubtedly a red flag to potential buyers. This may sway you to move forward with a roof replacement. Remember, any money invested now in your roof typically sees a 68% return at the time of sale.
If you plan to stay in your home and your roof is anywhere between 15 to 20 years old, it’s a good idea to call a local roofer and have them perform a roof inspection. They can point out what they find and give you their professional recommendation on your best course of action.
What fits your budget?
Of course, as with many things, the final determining factor will be money. Perhaps you are in a situation where you simply cannot afford an entire roof replacement. Working with a local roofer in this situation can be very helpful. They can make the necessary repairs to try and help stretch as much life out of your roof as possible.
If you are looking for a trustworthy local roofing company with experience and know-how to handle your roofing situation, give us a call today.