Over time, your roof gets exposed to the worst elements that nature can throw at it. Roofs are designed to withstand years of wind, rain, snow, ultraviolet rays and possibly the occasional tree branch. However, this abuse gradually takes its toll until the inevitable comes, which brings us to the question: should you repair the damage or should you replace the whole roof entirely?
What Our Experts Say
With almost three decades of experience in the industry, our expert roofing contractors at Sentry Exteriors can pretty much tell with a quick visual inspection whether or not your roof needs attention. So we decided to ask them how they decide between repairs and replacement and here is what they reported.
If there’s one thing homeowners know, or at least can easily find out, it’s the age of their roof. A benchmark often used by our own experts is the 25th-year anniversary. Roofs are designed to last between 20 to 30 years, but problems that occur on a 25-year or older roof are simply no longer advisable to repair. The verdict: weigh the cost of the repair and compare it to a whole replacement. If there’s very little difference, you may be better off investing on a new roof already.
Cracked, Curling, or Missing Shingles
For individually damaged shingles, the solution is actually much simpler. Patching up these smaller problems can work, but only as a semi-long term solution. One or two shingles shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but if your roof is starting to work like a checker board, it’s time to replace the whole roof. All in all, shingle problems mean you have from five to 10 more years on your roof’s life span.
After some time, shingles can actually begin to lose their coating. This can be difficult to determine if you have gutter guards installed, but granules of asphalt falling off of your roof are a definite sign of trouble. Our experts say that granules in the gutter usually mean that your roof is already halfway through its life. The verdict here of whether you need replacement or repairs can be difficult to determine. Is it a worthwhile investment right now to replace a roof halfway through its life span? Depending on the extent of the damage, you may want to defer replacement for at least a few more years.
Get the Right Help for Your Roof
If you’re looking for construction, roofing, and gutter companies, look no further than Sentry Exteriors. Call us today at (434) 333-7753 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with our expert contractors. We serve Lynchburg, VA and all surrounding communities.