Should you have your roof repaired or replaced? There are no hard and fast rules about roof repairs and replacements—a professional roofing contractor will have to take into account certain factors before making a recommendation.
These factors include:
All roofing materials have estimated lifespans. For instance, asphalt shingles, one of the most popular roofing materials in the country, usually last 20 years. However, higher-quality shingles can last longer.
In the long term, it makes more financial sense to replace a roof that’s nearing the end of its lifespan. As it approaches the end of its lifespan, your roof will suffer more breakdowns and require more repairs. Individually, repairs might not seem like much, especially when compared to a roof replacement. However, repair costs can add up quickly. It’s likely that combined repair costs will, in the long run, surpass the costs of a single roof replacement.
Here’s a tip: It’d be a good idea to keep a roofing file that keeps track of important details such as your roof’s installation date. That way, it’ll be easier for your residential roofing or exterior remodeling contractor to calculate your roof’s lifespan.
Keep in mind that estimated lifespans are, as the name suggests, just estimates. Several factors such as climate, extreme weather events, and the quality of the roof installation can shorten your roof’s estimated lifespan.
Routine roof maintenance is a must if you want to keep your roof in good condition and extend its lifespan. Routine inspections ensure minor roofing issues are fixed before they can affect other parts of your home while maintenance reinforces worn parts of your roofing system to make sure it can handle daily wear and tear.
One more thing: If you’re planning a roof replacement, make sure to hire a qualified roofing contractor. Here’s a vetting tip: The number of years a contractor has been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
TJ Exteriors, a company over three decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roof replacement and siding repair services. To get a free estimate, call us at (952) 448-4312 or fill out this form.