There comes a point in time when all roofs need to be replaced, but you don’t want to replace your roof too soon because you will just be wasting money. On the other hand, you don’t want to leave it too long because you will end up with water damage due to leaks, and this can be expensive. In order to know when you should replace your roof, you will need to learn how to assess your roof and how to find early signs of roof failure. Spot repairs are good to do if most of the roof is in decent shape, but if your roof looks worn out or if it is more than 20 years old, then you should consider replacing it.
Know The Early Signs Of A Leak
Checking your roof’s condition allows you to plan in advance for any repairs. With that said, some of the early signs of a leaky roof include paint that is peeling right under the roof’s overhangs, as well as dark areas on the ceilings and damp spots located alongside the fireplace. Also, you should use binoculars to assess your roof from the outside, and some warning signs to look out for include rust spots on flashing, as well as cracked caulk.
Other signs to look for include worn areas around the chimney, buckling shingles and worn areas around the skylights. If you notice that there are piles of grit, then this is not a good sign. Keep an eye out for masses of moss and lichen because this may mean that parts of the roof is decaying from underneath.
You should contact a professional to perform an assessment if you find any signs that indicate your roof is damaged, or if your roof is very old. The good news is that there are roofing companies that do professional assessments for free, but some companies and inspectors do charge a fee for this service, but it is worth paying it. Your roof is a huge investment and part of your home, therefore it is worth getting a professional assessment.
When Do Repairs Make Sense
If there is a small leak in your roof and the other areas of the roof is in good shape, then you might be able to get away with squirting a little bit of roofing mastic, but you could also end up spending around $1,000 to fix a leak. The good news is if your roof was damaged as a result of something unforeseen and sudden, then your homeowner’s insurance may cover any roofing repairs that need to be performed. However, you still need to limit damage, which means you should have a professional spread a tarp for you or place buckets under the leaks.
Costs Of Re-roofing
If you need to strip off older roofing and start over, and you will be using basic composition shingles, then you could pay around $3 per-square-foot, but you might be able to just add a second layer to the existing shingle, which will cost you around $2 per-square-foot. This may be an affordable option, but the second layer of shingles may not last as long, and if you wanted to make upgrades to make your roof stronger, then you won’t really be able to. Also, your roof may look a bit lumpy, which is not what you want if you plan on selling your home because potential buyers may not like the look of it and they may think there were other things repaired in a cheap way.
Factor In Hidden Costs
Don’t look at the total when you evaluate bids, because one bid may include 15-pound of building paper being placed under your roof, while an expensive bid may include better materials designed to protect your roof from things such as ice dams. Different bids sometimes include different things, such as the old roof being disposed of, as well as hourly rates for repairing structures and things of that nature.
When you find a contractor you want to hire, the next thing you want to do is find out if they are licensed and insured, and make sure that you find out what happens in the event that your landscape becomes damaged. It is a good idea to have your roof worked on when the weather is dried. This is because you don’t have to worry too much about rain arriving when the roof isn’t fully repaired.
Getting The Most From A Brand New Roof
Sure, spending money on a brand new roof isn’t something that most people are happy about, but you can actually incorporate quite a few features, and some of these features can make your home friendlier for the environment. Also, there are roofs that are designed to be more resistant to elements such as fire or damage from hail. Plus, there is a chance that you might be able to get a discount on your homeowner’s insurance policy, but you would need to check with your insurance company about any discounts you may be eligible for.