There are few circumstances where a band-aid solution is the right choice once the roof has reached its limit. Roof replacement trumps repairs much of the time for many reasons. Re-sale value, cosmetic appearance and of course peace of mind are all good reasons to consider replacing the roof.
Lifespan of Typical Residential Roofing in Vancouver
There is a time in each home’s life when roof replacement is unavoidable. Depending on the level of roof maintenance you have practiced and local conditions, the roof requires occasional repairs as well as eventual replacement.
The traditional life of a roof is about 15 – 20 years depending on circumstances. If you opted for a higher quality roof installation last time the roof was done then it might have lasted 30 – 50 years. That aside, once you discover missing shingles and visible signs of trouble it’s probably best to replace the roof rather than going for the cheaper roof repair alternative. This is a call best left to a professional whom you can trust.
So let’s say you’ve called a Vancouver roofing contractor and he comes over to do an estimate. He says it’s important to replace the roof, and that roof repair isn’t a good choice because the leaks you thought were minimal, turn out to be a serious problem and could result in structural damage. To understand the lingo better, visit our page on roof repair tips to better understand exactly what a contractor is saying when discussing your roof.
When you call, ask about algae resistant shingles. They are a great upgrade that keeps your roof looking nicer many years longer than usual and will even extend the lifespan. For quality work and a great residential roofing company, call us today.
Residential Roofing Tips
Below Are Three (3) Tell-Tale Signs Your Roof Needs To Be Repaired or Replaced…
1. Dips In The Roof
If you have found visible signs of a dip in your roof this usually indicates trouble. There could be rot developing in the framework or moisture could be causing different areas to swell and buckle. In either case it is a good thing you caught it before it gets away from you. The roof should be a uniformly straight surface. If there are areas where water can build up, problems will only get worse!
2. Damaged Shingles
Shingles curl up as they age and nails will start working their way out. This happens as the UV coating gets washed away by rain and snow. There will also be a loss of granules because they tend to fall out at about the same rate as the UV coating loss occurs. If these signs are visible then it is time to replace your shingles.
You may be able to extend the life of a leaky roof with some repair work, but if you notice that the leaks seem to be getting out of hand, it is likely that you will need to replace your roof altogether. Keep in mind that some roof leaks are easier to spot than others. While a puddle in the floor is obvious, you also need to be on the lookout for discolorations on your ceiling. Any brown spots are indicative of moisture, which could be coming from a leaking roof.
Another cause of problems can stem from a lack of proper drainage due to lack of regular gutter cleaning. If rain is not running off the house properly it can cause problems to the foundation as well. Compounded problems of this nature are not welcome in any home. If you are concerned about anything mentioned here call us to talk about it.
It is difficult for an amateur to pinpoint exactly where a leak originates…
… so that’s when you’ll want to call a local roofing company and ask them to find that leak for you. Once the inspection is done you have a better idea the kind of shape your roof is in. An experienced roofing contractor can determine if a simple roof leak repair is enough or you need to replace the roof entirely. When inspecting your own roof for problems, some things will be clearly obvious like algae, crumbling shingles, but it is the hidden problems that will haunt you. All roofs have a limited lifespan, and when yours has expired it is time to bring in a professional.
Yes, replacing the roof can be expensive but wooden roof trusses rot when exposed to the elements, so doing nothing WILL become EXTREMELY expensive. If your roof is starting to sag, then roof replacement may be your only option. We do not advise waiting that long to address a problem with your roof.