Along with the walls of your home, your roof is the barrier between you and the outdoors. It keeps you warm (or cool), dry, and protected from debris. But roofs can be very vulnerable if there’s bad weather or over time, as they age. Roof repairs and/or roof replacement are often things that homeowners need to think about, to prevent water damage, ultimately save money, and preserve the structural integrity of the overall house. Indeed, following weather damage, around 65% of homeowners said they were more likely to repair their roof. Roof repair is especially important if you have a lower quality roof or aging roof (they’re much more likely to succumb to bad winter weather) and it might be time to just think about roof replacement to avoid having to continually keep up with repairs.
Why Shouldn’t I Delay on Roof Repairs?
If your roof is leaking or otherwise damaged, waiting to do repairs could open your roof up to further problems, which might be more expensive to fix in the long run. You might be fixing more damage, for one thing, and your insurance might not cover everything in full or the costs may go up the longer you wait.
If you live in an area that experiences rough weather — like strong winds or hail — routinely, delaying on roof repairs could mean more ruin and might result in you needing total roof replacement instead of just roof repair. Your attic space and ceiling might be impacted by exposure to this weather, without the protection of your roof.
Plus, roof repair can also improve the value of your property and ensure that your roof is staying up to date with the newest materials on the market.
When Do I Need to Think about Roof Replacement?
There are a couple main reasons to think about roof replacement — first, structural reasons and second, the overall appearance of your roof. If there is serious damage to your roof — shingles missing, cracks, leaks, missing roof granules, moss or algae growing, or cracked or curled shingles, you definitely want to start taking a hard look at roofing services to come in and replace your roof.
When it comes to appearances, however, if your roof looks old or worn out — or is legitimately old, which usually means 20 plus years — and has growth or bald spots in a lot of different areas, it’s also time to think about getting a new roof installed.
This is especially important if you’re looking to put your home on the market –potential homebuyers often will ask about the age and structural integrity of the roof, and saying you have a new roof that won’t need to be updated for awhile can boost your property’s value and the overall appeal of the home!
However, even if you’re not thinking about selling, putting a new roof on your home can make it look fresher and more up-to-date. And biting the bullet and just doing it also means that you hopefully won’t have to think about it again for another 20 years or so!
What Should I Look For in a Roofing Company?
Going local for your roofing company is always a good choice — it protects you to some degree from “storm-chasers” — i.e., those who follow storms around to take advantage of homeowners who need help mitigating roof damage — and also allows you to take the business’s temperature around town. If they’re local, they’ve likely got some kind of reputation that you can find out about.
The company should also carry their own insurance and worker’s compensation — roofing can be a dangerous business, and you want to make sure those boxes are checked.
They should also be good communicators and transparent about how long they expect the job to take, how expensive it will be, and what kind of documentation they need from you before the process can start.
Procrastination is okay sometimes, but not when it comes to roof repair or replacement. Get ahead of the game and get your roof inspected at least annually.