How To Know If You Need Repairs Or A New Roof

Should you repair or replace your roof? It can be one of the most agonizing decisions facing a homeowner. Some neglect repairs until there is interior water damage. Other homeowners may demand a replacement even though it just needs a few replacement tiles.

What determines whether your roof can be repaired, or needs replacement? Consider these factors when making a decision.

How Old is Your Roof?

Roofing material is designed to last a certain number of years. It’s important to keep a roofing log to know when the roof was installed and any repairs that were made during its lifetime. Product life is not an exact science. With regular maintenance and repairs, some materials can go well beyond their estimated lifespan. Here are some roofing material lifespans.

  • 3-tab shingles – 20 years
  • Dimensional shingles – 25-40 years
  • Premium shingles – 40-50 years
  • Tile – 40 – 50 years
  • Wood shake – 20 – 30 years
  • Steel 40 – 50 years

If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, it’s best to have your roof inspected by a licensed roofing contractor to determine its condition.

Roof Replacement vs. Repair

Repair or replacement comes down to the type of damage and what percentage of the roof is in need of repair. Often replacing a few shingles or tiles are all that’s needed to restore the functionality and beauty of your roof.

However, before you decide to replace shingles or tiles, it’s important to have a professional inspection of your roof to make sure there is no damage to the underlayment or decking. There’s a big difference between replacing a few tiles lost during a storm and damage to the underlayment or decking which can result in serious problems for your home. If the damage extends through all of the roofing layers or covers a large amount of square footage replacement may be the correct choice.

Call A Professional!

The best option is to have your roof inspected by a roofing professional. They can help you to understand your options and the costs involved. If you are in need of roofing services and you live in or around Pasadena, give Roof Repair Specialist a call. We have many years of experience providing affordable roofing services to Southern California homeowners. Schedule an appointment for a free estimate today.