Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
A sturdily built roof can last you at least twenty years, so you may forget to include it as part of your home's possible expenses until you notice there's something wrong. A damaged or failing roof can let water leak into your house, let in light and even start to sag or collapse. But not all damage means you need to pay for a whole new roof. If your roof is otherwise sound, you can call for repairs instead. Knowing the difference between when to repair and when to replace could save you a fortune:
Perform A Twice-Annual Inspection
Even if you can't see anything wrong with your roof from a cursory look at the shingles, you should inspect it at least twice a year, especially during stormy seasons. If you catch any damage early enough, it may be possible to fix the problem before it spreads.
Check the top of your roof for missing shingles or cracks. If you're worried that your roof might be weak, use a ladder to investigate your roof rather than walking on it. Also check your gutters for excessive shingle granules, which is usually a sign that your shingles are wearing out and will soon need to be replaced.
Check in your attic to look for any leaks, mold, damp wood or sagging. If you do see any leaks, keep in mind that the water may not be directly below the leak, as water can travel downward before showing up.
What You Can Repair
If your shingles are in good shape and you're just missing a few, the missing shingles can be replaced. Even if all your shingles are worn, you may be able to just replace the shingles instead of getting an entirely new roof. Your roof structure, sheathing, flashing and drainage will all need to be sturdy for this to be an option, but if there's little wear and no damage, this may be an option you can take advantage of.
Small leaks can often be patched if they aren't serious and if they aren't weakening the wood. Call a roofing contractor to investigate damages and see if you can get away with patching the leak and repairing any isolated damaged wood. You may also need to call for mold remediation.
When You Need To Replace
A replacement roof is necessary when you have deep and widespread damage to various components of your roof .If your wood is buckling or rotting, this makes your roof much weaker and more susceptible to collapse. Multiple, heavy leaks are also too much to fix, and repairs would likely just be temporary.
If outside light is shining into your house, this means there is damage to multiple components of your roof, which cannot typically be repaired.
If you notice that parts of your roof are sagging inward, your roof is structurally very weak and needs to be replaced quickly before the weakness and weight of the sagging roof causes it to collapse and potentially cause a heavy amount of damage.
Before making any definite decisions, consult multiple contractors to see what your best and most cost-efficient option is. Multiple quotes can help with pricing, but can also help you avoid unnecessary work. To learn more, contact a company like Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters with any questions or concerns you have.