How do you know when replacing your roof, instead of repairing it, is the right choice?
When something goes wrong with your roof, if you’re like most people, you’d probably rather it get it repaired than replaced. Although it’s certainly much cheaper to get your roof repaired in most cases, it can actually end up being a waste of money if your roof is due to be replaced. Here at Sargeant’s Roofing, we are dedicated to helping you make the right choices about your roof, even if that means that we don’t make as much. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of warning signs that it’s time to replace your roof in Edmonton:
#1. Your roof is over 20 years old.
If, like most homeowners, you have an asphalt roof, you can generally expect it to last for anywhere from 20 to 25 years. Of course, this can vary, depending on how well you’ve taken care of your roof over the years. It also depends on whether your old roof was removed before the new one was installed or if the new one was installed over your old roof. Regardless, if you are looking to repair a 20-year-old roof, you may want to consider replacement instead, because your roof will soon reach the end of its life anyway.
#2. Your shingles are missing, curling or buckling.
The state your shingles are in is a big indicator of how your roof is doing. For instance, if you have missing shingles, or you are commonly finding shingle granules in your gutters, it could be a sign that your roof is failing. Additionally, if you notice any buckling or curly shingles, it could mean that those shingles have lived past their expectancy.
#3. Your roof valleys are looking worse for the wear.
Check out the shingles in the valleys of your roof. If the shingles look like they are falling apart or are missing in the roof valleys, then you could probably benefit from roof replacement. Melted ice and snow, as well as rainwater, travels through the roof valleys to the gutters, and if the valleys become compromised by missing or damaged shingles, it makes you susceptible to roof leaks.
#4. Your roof flashings aren’t holding up.
The roof flashings are commonly located around your chimney, skylight, dormer windows, roof valleys and vents, and they are designed to make your roof watertight. If tar or cement was used to secure your roof flashings, it will need to be replaced sooner or later. If caulking material or an asphalt compound was used, exposure to the elements can make it fail over time. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can also deplete roof flashings, leading to delamination and cracking. When your roof flashings fail, your roof is no longer watertight, which means that you will be prone to roof leaks.
#5. You can see light shining through your roof boards.
Take a moment to look up at the ceiling the next time you are in the attic of your home. If you can see light streaming in through the roof boards, then you have a definite problem on your hands. This could be a sign that the underlying decking of your roof has become weak due to excess moisture. Another sign of this could be moisture in your insulation.
When it’s time to replace your roof, don’t waste your money with repairs that you will just have to make again and again. Roof replacement doesn’t have to be a bad thing; in fact, in most cases, it will actually help you save money in the future! Not to mention improve the value and curb appeal of your home. Here’s PROOF! If you are due for roof replacement in Edmonton, schedule your appointment with Sargeant’s Roofing today!