No roof lasts forever; there will come a day when a roof needs to be replaced. But, how do you know if that day has come, or if the roof problems can be solved purely with a repair instead of a replacement? Replacing a roof is a very cost job; it is worth doing regular maintenance and determining the potential for repair before you go for broke and replace the entire roof.
Inspection and regular maintenance of your roof is the best way to reduce your costs. Inspecting the roof, looking for signs of early leaks, and making minor repairs when necessary, will allow you to get the maximum life out of any type of roof. But, if the roof looks beyond repair, do not try to tape it up and cross your fingers every time it rains; water damage can be costly to your home and property. Although repairs may stretch your budget, replacing water-damaged property or having to replace your roof sooner than expected, will break your budget!
Check Your Roof Now!
If you have not inspected your roof in quite some time, or ever, get out a ladder and start climbing, or pick up the phone and call a professional contractor. It is best to check the condition of your roof on an annual basis so you can catch damage and leaks early. Damaged shingles, rust spots on the flashing, cracked caulk, or any damage around roofing fixtures may indicate more serious issues. Making these minor repairs immediately may prolong the life of your roof and keep your costs down.
Without climbing up a ladder you can also look for signs of potential leaks. Dark areas on ceilings, peeling paint on the underside of roof overhands or on walls inside the home, or water stains on walls, fireplaces, or venting can be signs that your roof needs repair and is allowing water to get inside. It also helps to know the age of your roof. Most asphalt roofing will last 20-30 years – the older the roof, the more repairs may be needed and the more often it should be inspected.
The More Repairing the Less Replacing
No one wants to spend money. Homeowners may think that overlooking minor damage and saving $ 100 or so is a wise financial decision. The cost of repairs is far less than the cost of replacement. Getting an extra 10-15 years of life out of a roof will add up to a tidy sum of money saved. Even if your roof is new, minor repairs need to be addressed; a new roof may be covered under warranty from a manufacturer or contractor. It is best to hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect and repair your roof. Reputable contractors will help keep your roof in superior condition and maximize its life. The longer the life of your roof, the more money you will save!