Proper maintenance of the exterior is a necessary step for any homeowner to keep their home functional, in good shape, and to stop its value from depreciating in the market. While most maintenance checks are needed on a quarterly or yearly basis, they can still be rather costly endeavors, so proper measures have to be taken to determine the nature of maintenance they need or if they need to be replaced completely.
The roof of the house is one thing which needs proper checks every now and then. Since it is always exposed to the elements, it does deteriorate faster. However, when do you know it has weathered enough and should be replaced instead of repaired? The following are some ways you can determine exactly that:
Always get your rooftop checked by proper evaluation. Whether you’re getting it examined by a serious contractor or are checking it yourself, you need to be very thorough. Certain areas of the roof could allow for leaks to spring up. There’s also always the possibility of wind damage. Moreover, a few areas might be more damaged than might be visible at first glance, so always make sure to give them a thorough check up. Be on the lookout for signs of sun damage, wind damage, and even decay in the form of moss and lichen growing on the shingles.
Extent of the Damage
Once you’ve checked the roof, work out the extent of the damage that it has. A roof replacement should only be done as a last resort, i.e. if the damage is so extensive that it can’t be repaired. On the other hand, if there’s a leak or a crack or wind damage, a repair can be better suited for you.
Think of it like this:
If you had a deep cut on your arm, you would never place a bandage over it and expect it to close the wound and heal. You’ll need stitches for that. On the other hand, if you had a minuscule cut, you wouldn’t want to get stitches for it. Similarly, repairing works like putting a bandage while replacing is like getting stitches on your roof so find out how deep the damage is before you make the decision.
The total cost of fixing the damage should also be taken into account when you’re making the decision. Based on the extent of the damage, repairs could cost anywhere from around $10 for fixing minor leaks to a $1000 or more for fixing wind damage, sun damage, or rotten shingles.
However, if your roof is older than 10 to 20 years, it may be time to stop bandaging its wounds and get a new roof for you. Luckily, with the help of homeowner’s insurance, you can probably cover most of the cost which comes with having to replace the roof.
If you’re looking to get the damage on your roof evaluated, repaired, or replaced, fill out our form online to get a free estimate or call us at (410) 489-9000.