It can be difficult to determine when to replace your residential roof. Whether you need a repair or a complete roof makeover depends on a few different factors. Here’s a quick guide on what you should know about replacing your residential roof.
Repair or Replace?
The first decision you will need to make is whether you are needing to replace your roof or simply repair damaged areas. Ask yourself these 4 questions – these are key points in deciding on how to fix your roof situation:
- Do you see signs of deterioration?
- Is your roof older than 20 years or is it still protecting your house from weather?
- Do you need to change the look of your house aesthetically?
- Do you want to reduce your utility bill while cooling down your house?
Start with “1.” Do you have any leaks inside your house, see damage on your roof, or maybe parts of your roof in your lawn or yard? If you answered “yes” to this but “no” to the rest, than this means you’ll only need to repair the damage. But if you answered “yes” to any of the following questions, it may be time to replace your roof.
Up to Date?
If your residential roof is older than 20 years you should have a professional come inspect it. Slate and metal roofing can last longer, but the common asphalt residential roof is usually at its life’s end at around 20 years. Wood and clay tile roofs last up to 25 years, metal roofs up to 50 years, and rubber and slate roofs can last for much longer! However, all roofing has both its “pros” and “cons” dealing in protection, insulation, weight, and price.
The Look for You?
If you are thinking about replacing your residential roof, be sure to talk to a professional and have them come inspect your existing roof. You will need to know what your house can support before choosing what material, color, and shape you want. There are many options out there, it may be difficult to choose. However, the climate plays a large role in what roofing material is best for you.
Energy Efficiency Means Big Savings
Before you start replacing your roof, ask about the latest in “cool roofs.” Certain material and color combinations can minimize your electrical use by keeping your house up to 50 degrees cooler than the outside surface temperature!