A storm recently tore through your town, wrecking several roofs belonging to your neighbors, or maybe even yourself. A large tree failed to miss your roof as it was being cut down. Or even worse, a natural disaster like hailstones happened like a freak accident in your city. Is it time to get a roof replacement? We bring to you several factors to bear in mind before taking the plunge, and the huge investment needed for such a large scale job.
Sometimes it could be a chunk of your roof smashed through from a great impact. Sometimes, a severe rainstorm barreled through your roof and is causing a large leak through the ceiling. It might even be a particularly harsh winter eating away at a roof that is reaching the end of its lifespan. When the damage is severe like this, you can’t just leave it alone. Don’t hesitate in making arrangements to get a roof replacement as the damage will get worse the longer you let it sit.
The age of your roof is an important factor in deciding whether or not the roof should be replaced. If your leaky roof is only five years old, then most like the problem is in the building materials used or the quality of the construction done, instead of wear and tear. If, however, your roof is twenty or thirty years old, it might be well due for a replacement anyway.
The materials used to build the roof should be considered as well. Slate roofs last an extremely long time, so you should not have to replace it unless it is 100 years old or more, depending on whether it is soft or hard slate. A copper or zinc roof can also last for 100 years. On the other hand, a metal roof can last for 50 years, and typical asphalt shingles usually cannot reach 20 years without needing to be replaced. However, the new type of asphalt roofing has been designed to also last for 50 years.
Before making any rash decisions, get a professional consultant to inspect your roof. There may be weak points, hidden damages, and leaking in the roof, which are indications of more severe problems which only a contractor with years of experience working with roofs would be able to identify. Get them on board to check if the underlying decking has also been damaged, or there is a leak going through the layers of your roof, which might mean that it is more cost effective to replace the entire roof. It’s a big decision to take, and you want to be equipped with valuable opinions and the right resources before taking the plunge. You can request a free in-home consultation for yourself to get a professional opinion at no cost before you make a decision on what your next steps should be.