Should You Maintain or Replace Your Roof?
Roof Replacement Contractors in Austin
How can you tell if your roof needs to be replaced or just repaired? When do consistent roof leaks become telling?
The materials that were used to construct your roof has a lot to do with the lifespan of your roof. Usually, you can expect a shingle roof to last around 20 years (depending on the quality of the shingles), while a foam roof, if its maintained regularly can have a lifespan of up to 50 years.
However, we have some additional factors that come into play in the Southwest. Natural aging is mainly caused by the heat and intense sun. The southern side of your roof will generally have the greatest wear and tear. Weather extremes, pollution, tree branches, improper drainage, hail and wind can also affect premature aging of a roof. The best way to put off replacing your roof is to regularly maintain the materials and fix any damage as soon as it happens.
You may, however, be wondering if your roof needs to be replaced. If so, here are 10 things to look for that might give you a clue that a new roof is needed.
Is the roof deck sagging?
Do you see any dark spots?
Is there any consistent leaking or water damage?
Can you see light through your roof?
Is there any materials missing (shingles, tiles, etc.)?
Can you see sections that are cracked or torn? If you have a shingle roof, are there granules in the gutter?
When you check the flashing around vents , pipes and chimneys, are they in good shape?
Are you getting the proper drainage off your roof?
Have you found any mold, rot or moisture?
Do you have proper ventilation for your attic space and appliances?
If you have seen many of these issues with your roof, then you might want to seriously consider the expenses involved. If the expense for repairs is $2500, and the repairs will last 5 years, then it will need to be done again, if not more. You’ll need to compare these costs to the amount of a new roof that could last up to 20 or 30 years. It may make more sense to invest in a new roof now and save a lot of money in future repair expenses.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that putting off a roof replacement can add even more expenses. Bad maintenance can allow moisture to get in to the membrane and cause damage to your insulation and roof decking. If you have to replace these, along with your roof materials, it will be a much more costly proposition.
Roof Installation Companies for Professional Inspections
If its been some time since your last professional roof inspection, you should have it done on a regular basis. A professional, experienced roofing contractor can see things on your roof that you may miss and give you advice as to its remaining lifespan.
This will allow you to make an informed, educated decision regarding the future of your roof. Its better to get all the info you need and do the job right the first time, as it will cost less in the long run.
Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663 is a roof installation contractor and roof replacement contractor. We provide commercial roof repair, commercial roof installation and residential roof installation services to Austin, Texas and the surrounding area cities.