While no one appreciates the high expense of replacing a roof, sometimes it's necessary. Most roofs need to be replaced after 20 to 50 years, depending on the type of roof. While expensive, roof replacement does have many important benefits. Not only will your home be better protected against the elements, it will also look better. A new roof will also improve the value of your home and it may reduce your energy costs. Our Albuquerque roof replacement technicians can inspect your roof and advise you whether replacement or repairs are the best course of action.
Do You Need a New Roof?
Just because you suspect a leak in your roof does not necessarily mean you need a new roof. There are many factors that go into determining whether roof repairs can solve your problems or if you need a brand-new roof. Here are some important factors to keep in mind.
Age of the Roof
An asphalt shingle roof will last for 20-25 years although the lifespan depends on how the old roof was removed and how many layers of shingles are on your roof. If your roof was installed over an old layer of shingles, it won't last as long. Wood shingles will last for up to 30 years and start to splinter when they go bad. A clay tile roof can last for up to 50 years.
Curling or Buckling Shingles
Do you see shingles that are starting to curl or buckle? This may indicate your roof is failing and needs to be replaced.
Shingles on Roof Valleys
The valleys of your roof are a critical area as this is where rain flows before moving into the gutters. If you have missing or damaged shingles in the valley, you need a new roof.
A few missing shingles doesn't mean your roof is beyond repair, although many missing shingles — especially with other red flags — is a sign you need a new roof.
Do you see shingles that are losing their granules or top coat? Shingles tend to lose granules quickly as they near the end of their life. You may find shingle granules in your gutters or on your driveway.
Sagging Roof Deck
A sagging roof deck is a clear sign that your roof isn't performing as it should. This indicates your roof and home is experiencing long-term water damage and needs to be addressed right away.
Loose Material Around Chimney or Vents
Loose fittings, wear, or poor chimney flashing needs to be corrected quickly. Chimney flashing made from tar or cement needs to be replaced with a water-tight, long-term material to prevent water damage. Loose fittings in these areas may also indicate a bigger roofing problem.
If damage to your roof is limited to a few missing or damaged shingles, it will likely be an easy repair. The age of your roof is the biggest factor in deciding whether your roof should be repaired or replaced, but remember that fixing several problems as they come up on an aging roof will probably be more expensive than replacing the roof in the beginning. If your roof is showing signs of age and you're ready to explore new roofing options, contact our Albuquerque roofing contractors today for an estimate.