A typical homeowner often assumes the worst when they notice a roofing leak, which leads to impulsive decisions such as resorting to a premature roof replacement when roof leak repair would have sufficed. In today’s post, Innovative Roofing & Siding, Inc. shares important questions you should ask yourself before calling for roof repairs or replacement.
Why Do I Need to Know the Difference?
Unless you’ve recently worked with a local roofing contractor, your first instinct upon seeing signs of a roof leak is to think about how much it would cost to replace the roof. A homeowner who didn’t know any better is fair game to unscrupulous individuals posing as roofers. While you’re not expected to perform roof repairs or replacement, knowing the difference can help you make informed decisions.
How Old Is My Roof?
Every roof has an expected life span, which is influenced by factors like material, local climate and the care and maintenance it receives. An asphalt shingle roof is expected to last 20 to 30 years, metal roofs about 50 years, while tile and slate roofs about 100 years or longer. Knowing your roof’s age can help you decide whether or not it’s due for roof replacement.
Am I Performing Regular Roofing Inspections?
Regular roofing inspections is part of your roof’s care and maintenance routine. We roofing contractors ask homeowners to conduct visual inspections on their roofs at least once a year, between maintenance appointments. Inspections let you keep an eye on your roof’s condition and give you the opportunity to call for repairs before the problem can become worse. In addition to exterior inspections, the attic should also be inspected for signs of moisture damage and insufficient ventilation.
Should My Roof Be Repaired or Replaced?
Ultimately, it comes down to the question of whether your roof has to be repaired or replaced. As a homeowner, your first resort should be roof repair: it doesn’t take as long to finish, it isn’t as messy, and it costs less than a full replacement. At some point your roof will be too old—which is why knowing a roof’s expected life span is important—where repairs wouldn’t be as practical. If this is the case, then roof replacement can be more beneficial.
Searching online for a “roofing contractor near me”? Call Innovative Roofing & Siding, Inc. at (865) 688-2888 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Knoxville, TN, and surrounding communities.