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The winter months are when most roofing problems make themselves known. When the rain and snow start falling, you become aware of all the leaks that have so far gone unnoticed. If you have one or two leaks, you may be able to get by with a little roof repair to squeeze a little more life out of your roof. This isn’t always the case, however. Sometimes what’s needed is a total roof replacement.
How do I know when to replace my roof?
There are three things you want to take into consideration when determining whether it’s time to replace your roof altogether. The first is whether there is widespread damage to your roof. If you’ve got a couple of curling shingles here and there or one or two roof leaks, you can have a roofing contractor come out and fix those areas. If however you’re experiencing multiple leaks, or have a lot of damaged or missing shingles, you’re better off replacing the roof than trying to fix all of those problems.
The second consideration is how old your current roof is and the third is what type of roof you have. These two are closely related. The type of roof you have will give you a rough estimate of how long you can expect your roof to last. If you roof you have is already past its expected lifespan, chances are you’ll need to replace it very soon.
What roofing material should I go with?
This is the most important question you’ll have to answer when deciding on your new roof. Before you start agonizing over this question however, keep in mind that the choice may not even be up to you. If you belong to a homeowner association, you may be required to reroof with the same material that was there in the first place to keep the neighborhood uniform. If you do belong to a homeowner association find out first what their rules are regarding roofs.
Assuming you do get to choose your roofing material, there are a lot of different options. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Typically, the less expensive materials will not have as long a lifespan while the most expensive materials will last the longest. In addition to cost and durability, however, you can’t forget about aesthetics. The time may come when you are trying to sell your home and curb appeal will play a big factor in that. Make sure to choose a roofing material that will complement the style of your home.
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