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When to Replace Your Roof and When to Repair

There are few things on your home that are more important than your roof. It protects you from the blistering heat of summer sun and keeps you dry and warm during cold winter months. However many people don’t give their roof the attention it deserves, and many roofing companies take advantage of that fact.

Did you know that many Maryland roofing companies aren’t even equipped to repair a roof? It’s true! Most roofing pros don’t have the resources to repair your roof. Instead, they will try to sell you a new roof even if your roof can be repaired. Don’t become the victim of a shingle shakedown. Check out these tips to determine whether your roof could be repaired or needs to be replaced.

 

When to Repair Your Roof

Sometimes a repair is the best solution for your roof. To prolong the life of your roof, be sure to have it  inspected regularly so you can spot issues early. A small roof leak can turn into an expensive roof replacement if not caught in time. If your roof meets the criteria below, you may only need a repair.

Your roof is less than 10 years old

In many cases, age plays a significant part in the health of your roof. The older it is, the more exposure it has experienced. The more opportunities for something to go wrong.

Missing a few shingles

Wind storms can cause shingles to blow off and fall into your yard. If the shingles are fully intact you can have them reattached to your roof; however, it is crucial to have them reattached as soon as possible to avoid water damage.

Items need to be resealed

With changes in the weather, your roof can expand and contract around nails and flashing creating gaps in your roofing. Exposed nail heads, plumbing vents, and loose flashing can be repaired with caulk and new fasteners.

Nail pops

Nail pops can also be caused by expansion and contraction. When the weather isn’t the culprit, it may be the result of under-driving the nail at installation. Hammering the nails back in place can quickly fix the issue. 

 

When You Need A Roof Replacement

Now that you know when it is ok to repair a roof let's look at when it is a good idea to consider a complete roof replacement. 

Your roof is more than 15 years old

Asphalt roofs last about 15-20 years. Depending on the type of roof that you have, the age of the roof should be taken into consideration when deciding whether to replace. 

Signs of moisture or water damage  

There are many layers to a roofing system. In addition to a visual inspection on the exterior of your home, a professional roofer should always check the attic for any signs of water damage. If water has made it through the shingles and plywood decking underneath, it is best to consider replacing your roof. 

Loose granules

Shedding some granules is typical for an asphalt roof. Especially after a heavy rain or wind storm. However, if you are finding excessive amounts of granules in your gutters regularly, it’s a sign that your shingles are starting to fail and may need to be replaced.

Shingles have dark streaks

The dark streaks on your roof are mildew that has formed and is growing on the shingles. Unfortunately, mildew thrives in moist environments, and those dark streaks are a sign that water has made it under the surface of the shingle. When the shingle does not dry out correctly, mildew starts to grow. Since there is moisture under the surface of the shingle, it is best to look at an entire roof replacement. 

Shingles curling or have physical signs of damage

If the shingles on your home are curling up on the side and look like they are dry rotted, it is time for a roof replacement. Shingles need to be flexible, and if they can not adjust to temperature changes, water will likely get underneath.

Water damaged decking

If you have noticed any water inside of your home, including your attic, you should think about a roof replacement. Water can be very destructive and lead to mold and other health problem. Not only should you fix the shingles, but you will also need to replace the plywood decking underneath to prevent mold growth. 

Before scheduling a roofer to look at your roof be sure to ask the right questions. Do they conduct a thorough inspection of the outside of your roof and inside your attic to assess the roof before making a recommendation? Do they have skilled roofers to complete roof repairs, as well as replacements? Are they licensed and insured? If the answer is no to any of these questions, keep looking!

Are you looking for a roofer you can trust? Contact Brothers Services for a free roofing consultation today!

 

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