How To Tell Whether To Repair Or Replace Your Roof

Have you lived in your home for a few years? Are you starting to wonder if it's time that you replaced your roof or whether a simple repair will do the trick? Here are some things that you should be looking for:

Cedar roofs: A properly installed cedar roof can last for more than 30 years, depending on your climate. If you regularly experience high wind storms, you may occasionally lose a shingle or two to the wind. Replacing the lost shingles is a relatively easy roofing repair that can be completed in just a few hours. If, however, you start to notice your shingles growing moss or getting large cracks and splits, then more is probably needed. A professional roofer will be able to give you a rough estimate of how much life is left in your roof, giving you time to set money aside for its replacement.

Tile roofs: If you have a hacienda-style house, you may have clay tile shingles. These can last for many years and you may have even been told when you bought the house that they will last for a lifetime. Unfortunately, this probably isn't quite true. Although the tiles themselves have the potential to last a century or more, the rest of your roof will likely wear out much sooner; possibly as soon as 25 to 30 years from installation. In addition, tall trees that overhang your house can drop heavy limbs that may result in broken tiles and a costly roofing repair bill. But aside from broken tiles, it can be difficult to tell if your roof needs any maintenance. If it's been twenty or thirty years since your tile roof was installed, you'll need to have a professional inspection performed to tell you what state your sub-roof is currently in and whether or not you should worry about it.

Asphalt roofs: Many modern homes have asphalt shingles. The lifespan of these types of shingles will be indicated by the manufacturer on the package and can vary widely depending on whether you get inexpensive shingles or pay for a higher-end line. Like other types of roofs, a single missing tile may be nothing to worry about. But there are many ways to tell when your roof is nearing the end of its life. If you have a house with a single story, you may easily notice things like shingles that are curling or buckling. These signs may be more difficult to spot if you have a multi-story house, but may still be visible.

For more information, contact HomeTowne Roofing or a similar company.