To replace or not to replace, that is the question

The decision to have a new roof installed on your home isn’t one you should take lightly. If you’re like most homeowners, you understand the importance of having a good roof but also know a new one is a sizable investment.

So, what to do? Should you buy some more time with your current roof by trying to repair any of its existing issues? Or, has your roof deteriorated enough that making frequent repairs doesn’t make sense?

The following are some of the critical factors when deciding whether to replace your existing roof or to extend its life with routine repairs.

The age of your roof

Your roof’s age should always factor into your repair-or-replace decision. Most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of 15 to 30 years. By 20 years, however, it’s probably time to consider replacing your roof.

Is your roof leaking?

A water leak doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to replace your roof. In many cases, repairing your existing roof’s flashing and shingles will suffice. But if water leaks cause significant damage, including framework damage, you should think seriously about a new roof – especially if the roof is over 15 years old.

Signs of rot

A roof which is droopy or sagging is a sign that a replacement is your best strategy to prevent further damage. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, sagging areas, etc.

The condition of your shingles

Curled and buckled shingles is another warning sign your roof may be past the point of routine repairs. A tell-tale sign is if you find shingle granules in your gutters and downspouts; a roof that’s losing a lot of granules is often near the end of its lifespan.

Have your roof valleys checked

The condition of your roof’s valleys is vital for preventing water leaks. If shingles are missing or falling apart in the valleys, it may be time for a new roof.

You have a garden on your roof

OK, maybe not a garden, but if moss and weeds are evident on your roof it’s a good sign there’s trapped moisture – which can ruin a roof.

Whether your roof needs repair or a replacement is in order, Midwest Exteriors Plus has you covered with exceptional workmanship and superior customer service. They’ve served the Twin Cities area for over 40 years.