The roof is one of the most critical components of your home. It provides the much-needed shade, shelter, and seclusion. Unfortunately, even the most durable, well-maintained roofs will reach the end of their lifespan at some point. But how do you know when it’s the right time for a roof replacement? When are repairs enough? If you get a new roof too soon, you will waste money. And if you wait too long, you could end up with bigger problems down the road.
Here’s a guideline to help you decide whether you should repair or replace your home’s roof.
The Age of the Roof
The average shingle roof lasts about 20 to 25 years. If your roof is approaching its typical replacement age, getting a new one may be the way to go. But if your roof is relatively new (installed in the last five to ten years) it may only need repair work.
History of Repair
Your roof’s history of repairs is a critical factor if you want to make a financially sensible decision. If your roof has to be repaired on a constant basis, then it probably has extensive damage that repairs can’t solve. It isn’t worth spending thousands of dollars to fix a roof which will have to be replaced in a few years.
Scope of Repair
As a roof ages, it may develop problems which are larger in scope than a simple repair can solve. You should consider the extent of the damage and how much it will cost to fix it. If the area needing repair is more than, say, 30% of the roof, it might be a better idea and a better value to consider a roof replacement.
We will evaluate the extent of damage before making a recommendation to ensure your money isn’t spent on fixing a roof which really should be replaced.
Matching Shingle Color
An important consideration to make is our ability to get a closely matching shingle. As a roof gets older, its original color greatly changes because of weathering from the elements. This difference can make certain repairs unsightly because it might be difficult to blend new shingles into the rest of the roof. If the area in need of new shingles is large or in a prominent location, you’d better replace the whole roof if you don’t want mismatched shingles. If you need a roof replacement in Central Kentucky, our team at AIC Roofing & Construction is ready to assist. Contact us today to schedule your free roof inspection and estimate.