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Do I Need a Roof Replacement or Repair?

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A roof replacement is a big expense and not one you want to do unless it’s really necessary. Sometimes a roofing company will give you a quote for a roof repair but also recommend a roof replacement. How do you know which is the right solution for your home? There are several factors you should consider before making your final decision.

Age of the Roof

As the roof ages, you’ll need repair more and more frequently. Although there are many factors that determine how long a roof will last, no asphalt shingle roof will last forever. If you have a 3-tab shingle roof, the maximum life expectancy is 20 years, however, an average life is 10-15 years. Architectural shingles cost more because they are higher quality and last longer. You may get up to 30 years with an architectural shingle. For most homeowners, 20-25 years is more likely the age at which it needs replacing. Keep in mind, that the better you proactively maintain your roof, the longer it will last.

Repair History

If you find yourself repairing your roof regularly, you might want to consider a roof replacement. Although there’s no hard and fast rule about when to replace a roof, if you’ve spent 25% of the cost of a new roof in the last five years, you should consider a roof replacement before you spend any more on repairs.

The Environment

We’ve had quite a few wind and hail events over the past decade in the Triad. Ice storms, wind, hail and snow all take a toll on your roofing. Your shingles are made to withstand everything mother nature dishes out, however, your roof ages more quickly in severe weather events than just rain and snow. Another factor that ages your roof is the sun, or lack of sun. If part of your roof is always shade, you may find that mold, mildew, and even moss grow on the shingles. These organisms are feeding on the tar in the shingles and breaking it down which will cause premature failure.

If you’re working with an ethical roofing company, like Cooley Roofing and Construction, they’ll provide you with an honest opinion of whether it’s time to replace your roof or if you can repair it (again). When you decide to repair it, ask how long your roof may last so you can begin budgeting for a new roof. Of course, if it’s time for a roof replacement, we offer financing options from GreenSky Financial for all you home improvement needs. Call us today for a free roof replacement estimate or ask about a roof repair estimate – (336) 766-6488.

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