As a homeowner you understand the importance of having a sturdy roof that you can rely on. After all it has to protect your family and personal belongings. Unfortunately, over time every roof needs some care and attention. It is helpful for you to understand when to repair, patch, or replace your roof.
General Warning Signs
Make sure you pay attention to these warning signs as they help you determine if you need to repair, patch or replace your roof.
- Curling, cracked or missing shingles
- Discoloration, moss or algae
- Shingle granules in gutters
- Visible sunlight from the attic
- Indoor leaks
- Sagging roof
Roof age can be an important factor as well. Depending on the roof and shingle type, a roof can require repairs or replacement if it’s 20 years or older.
When to Repair or Patch Your Roof
The bad news is, every roof needs to be replaced eventually. The good news is, sometimes it’s possible for it to get patched or repaired. If there’s only minor damage to your roof or if only a small area is affected, there’s no need to replace the whole roof prematurely. A fallen branch can cause damage to a few shingles and wind can lead to some missing shingles. In both situations it makes sense to have the roof fixed, which is relatively easy and inexpensive. Even if your roof is leaking it might be possible to get it patched. That is, as long as it only leaks from one isolated spot.
When to Replace Your Roof
As previously mentioned, age is one of the most common reasons a roof needs to be replaced. If you notice a large amount of missing shingles and shingle debris clogging the gutters, there’s no doubt it’s time to replace your roof. Are your shingles curling at the edges or are they significantly discolored? These are sure signs of decline to your roof. The one thing you should be concerned about most is a sagging roof as this points to a structural issue.