Replace or Repair: What is Best for My Roof?
As a homeowner, you constantly need to be aware of any structural issues that can damage your property further. With the stormy weather Oklahoma City faces, it’s important to pay attention to the condition of your roof. Any damage to your roof warrants attention. However, how do you know if your roof simply needs to be repaired or needs to be replaced altogether?
Replace or Repair?
There are a few factors to consider when it comes to deciding whether your roof can be fixed or whether you need a whole new roof.
The age of your roof can play a big factor in how it deals with external weather conditions. Living in Oklahoma means that your roof has to be tough enough to withstand rain, snow, tornadoes, and strong sunshine. Most roofs have a lifespan of about 20 and 30 years before they start getting worn out. Replacing an old roof can mean preventing damage to your property and saving on repair costs in the long run. Putting on a new roof also immediately increases your home’s aesthetic appeal with the added benefit of better insulation to help save on energy costs.
A sagging roof can mean structural issues with the framing or water damage. Whatever the cause may be, it means you should get a trusted roofing contractor out to inspect your roof right away. Chances are it needs replacement.
It’s easy to put things off for later – especially when you know they might cost you a pretty penny. Storm damage, hail damage, and age can all cause your roof to start leaking. When the situation worsens, you will start to see damp spots on your ceilings and walls. Leaks are serious and water damage can lead to rotten frames, wet insulation, and mold that is harmful to your health. A professional roofing contractor will be able to find the source of the leaks for you and recommend the best course of action. A large leak may mean your roof needs to be replaced.
Shingle Damage and Bald Spots:
Hail damage and extreme weather conditions affect the shingles on your roof. Large hailstones can cause immediately visible damage where shingles where the granules have been knocked off, tears at the ends, or splits in the shingles while smaller hailstones can cause serious damage that is difficult to spot unless you are a professional.
Bald spots on shingles means that they have lost their protective coating that shields them from UV rays making them brittle.
Damage to a few shingles or only a part of your roof can be an easy fix by replacing the damaged shingles. However, more extensive damage will mean you’ll need to get either a part of or your entire roof repaired. Be warned though, partially repairing your roof can mean that one part of it looks much newer than the other.
Whether you need minor repairs or a brand-new roof, it’s important that you get your roof inspected at least twice a year by a professional roof care company, especially after any major storms in Oklahoma. Most companies are happy to come inspect your roof for free and even provide advice on if you are eligible for an insurance claim.
To properly care for your roof, you should hire a professional roof care company at least twice a year. Always be on the lookout for leaks, broken shingles, sunlight shining through the roof boards, or other apparent damages that signal a damaged roof.
For roofing assistance in Oklahoma City, contact Robbins Roofing today!