Making the right decision is important to help reduce short- and long-term costs of a roofing system improvement. Before you hire a roofing contractor or choose a roofing material manufacturer, you must first determine whether a repair or replacement is in order. Facing this dilemma can be daunting, but taking a closer look at the factors below can help you make the right call.
The Age of the Roof
Knowing when a roof was installed and what it’s made of provides insight into how much life it has left. An asphalt shingle roof, for instance, has an expected service life of at least 20 to 25 years as long as constant upkeep is observed. A roof that sustains minor damage within a few years after installation will benefit from a simple repair. However, a replacement is due if it is closer to the end of its life span.
The Extent and Severity of Leaks
Leaks start small. Before they grow bigger and become worse, an inspection will be necessary to determine how widespread they are. Leaks along flashings are common; a quick repair on that part of the roof will suffice if it is isolated. Finding leaks in other areas of the roof apart from flashings necessitates a replacement carried out by a reliable roofing contractor.
Presence of Rot and Mold
If properly installed, a residential roofing system can protect the home from the elements, including precipitation. Over time, however, shingles may go missing or show cracks and other forms of damage, affecting the roof’s health and performance. If water finds its way to the roof deck and inside your home, mold and rot may begin to thrive in the attic and may compromise the structural integrity of the rafters. A repair or replacement may be recommended depending on the extent of these problems.
Turn to Villwell Builders for your roofing needs, including emergency roof repair or a complete replacement. We are GAF-certified roofers, which means our roofing work is guaranteed to withstand years of wear and tear from the elements while providing dependable protection. Whether your roof has sustained damage from a storm or you’re simply looking for an upgrade, our roofing team has the professional roofing services you can count on.
Call us today at (203) 879-2118 or fill out our contact form to ask your roof-related questions or request an estimate.