Every homeowner knows the feeling — or can surely empathize — of seeing a damp spot on their ceiling. Your first thought is that water could be trickling through the roof. Let’s say you’re correct. Now what should you do?
Depending on the material your roof is made from, a roof has the ability to last thirty years or more, but it can certainly become damaged or fail prematurely due to wind, hail, ice or other falling debris. Structural issues with the chimney, flashing and roof vents can also significantly damage your roofing system.
However, when damage does occur, the first thing you need to determine is whether you need a new roof, or can get by with solely a roof repair. And this depends on a few different factors:
The Age of Your Roof
If your roof happens to be less than twenty years old, it would be smart to see if any damage can be easily repaired, since, otherwise, you can expect to suffer through ten-twenty years of roofing service.
Although, if you’re experiencing significant structural or leaking problems and your roof is near the end of its rope (so to speak), it may be the wiser choice to invest in a new roofing system.
The Type And Degree of Damage To Your Roof
Not all damage is the same, for instance: if you just have a missing or loose shingle due to falling debris or wind/hail damage, a simple replacement shingle is likely all you need to move forward.
However, in a few worst case scenarios where you’re experiencing numerous shingles going missing; your shingle granules are nowhere to be found (a clear indication of significant deterioration) or your shingles are buckling and/or curling, then it’s likely time to plan to have a new roof installed.
Your Budgetary and Long-Term Roofing Needs
It’s no surprise, smaller repairs to your roof tend to be much less expensive. If a simple patch or replacement can solve the roofing issue, that’s great. However, a “fix it and forget it” approach might do wonders if you’re wanting a new roof to give you peace of mind, and that you won’t need to worry about for years to come.
Additional Roofing Considerations
In case you’re in need of more than just a roof patch, don’t panic because you still have other options available. If the damage to your roof is confined to one specific area, you might be able to opt for just a partial reroofing.
Keep in mind, though, on a per square basis, you may find that a partial reroofing is more expensive than installing a completely new roof. Additionally, a new partial roof system might not seamlessly blend with any of the original sections of your roof.
At Eagle Watch Roofing, we understand making the right decision about your roof is imperative and can be extremely complex. We specialize in both roof replacement and repairs in Newnan, Georgia. Contact us today to figure out how we can solve any/all of your roofing woes, no matter how severe they are.