Perhaps one of the biggest questions homeowners face about their roof is the question of repair versus replacement. In a gutter installation project, or any other exterior remodeling project, this generally isn’t a tough question. For roofs, however, it’s not always clear-cut. Do you patch up that leaky spot and give your roof a few more years, or do you tear off the whole thing and get a brand-new one installed? While either choice certainly has merits of its own, the difference between a full roof replacement and a simple roof repair is more like the difference between using a machete or a surgical knife— it all depends on the situation.
Our roofing experts at Cantrell Roofing understand how this question might be confusing for some homeowners and they offer the following tips to help make the decision easier.
Asphalt shingles typically have a life span of about 15 to 20 years. Metal roofs can last up to 70 years with good maintenance. Clay and cement tiles have about 100 years. Whatever material your roofing system uses, it’s important to know whether or not they’re approaching the end of their life span. Investing in frequent roof repair jobs when you’re only a few more years away from needing a full roof replacement is a costly mistake. Likewise, re-roofing a fairly new home would also be a waste of time and resources.
Normal wear and tear are the number one determinants of aging roofing systems but there are also other signs that could tell you whether or not you need a replacement. For example, moisture damage in the attic is one of the most common symptoms of a roof that’s about to fail. You can save yourself the trouble of dealing with major problems by simply replacing a roof right away.
Judging by the Numbers
Most roof replacement experts recommend taking a closer look at your roof before deciding on getting a new one. If more than 40% of the roof is affected by problems, it may be more practical to forgo repairs in favor of a replacement.
Our roofing professionals at Cantrell Roofing are more than happy to inspect your roof and help you decide whether you need replacement or repairs. Give us a call at (903) 287-6240 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.