Do you have roof damage that needs to be addressed, and you're wondering if it is time to finally replace the roof? Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine what to do.
Is There Significant Roof Damage?
The first thing to figure out is how badly the roof damage actually is that motivated the potential need for roof replacement. Do you have leaks that are coming in from multiple places, or is it fairly easy to pinpoint the damage? Having a significant amount of damage across your entire roof will indicate that there is something wrong that would require roof replacement.
How Old Is The Roof?
It is also worth asking yourself how old the roof actually is. Roofing material doesn't last forever, and it is possible that your roof is approaching the end of its natural lifespan and will be in need of roof replacement sooner rather than later. For example, an asphalt shingle roof will last about 20 years before it needs to be replaced. If you recently moved into your home and don't know the age of the roofing material, a roofing contractor will be able to estimate it for you based on the wear and tear.
How Many Layers Of Roofing Material Are Installed?
You may not be aware of what the building codes are in your area for how many layers a roof is allowed to have. For example, some cities only allow for two layers of roofing material to be installed, which would require all roofing material to be ripped off when roof replacement is necessary. If you have the maximum amount of layers installed, this may mean that a roof replacement job will be more expensive due to the inability to install a layover roof. If you cannot afford this at the time, you may have no choice other than to do the repair. However, having a single roofing layer installed means that you can easily install a second layer and save on installation costs for a new roof.
Will You Be Moving Soon?
If you have no plans to live in the house for a significant amount of time, it may be worth just doing a repair to avoid any large costs for replacement. If you do plan on living in the home for awhile, then roof replacement may be in your best interest. It will be an investment that you make in your home that you'll see for years to come.
To learn more about roof replacement, contact a company like Earhart Roofing Company Inc.