3 Circumstances That Should Make Think About Replacing Your Roof

If you sigh every time you have to replace a few shingles on your roof, you might have a more extreme reaction to the prospect of an entire home roof replacement. Nevertheless, there are times when it makes much better financial sense to replace a roof as opposed to continuously patching bits of it here and there. Here are three circumstances that should prompt you to give that roofing replacement some serious consideration. 

1. Your Roof Has Reached the End of Its Life Expectancy

No roof lasts forever, and some materials are rated for longer life spans than others. Shingled roofs may provide anywhere from 20 to 30 years of service, depending on the material used for the shingles. Ceramic and stone will last considerably longer, while metal roofs can endure for half a century or more. A professional roofer can examine your roof's current condition, compare that condition against its age, and give you a rough estimate of how many more years you can expect your roof to last. If it's got plenty of years ahead of it, then it makes perfect sense to keep repairing it as needed. If, however, your roof is clearly coming to the end of its useful days, you're better off replacing with -- ideally with the longest-lasting material you can afford.

2. Your Roof Has Sustained Structural (as Opposed to Surface) Damage

Almost any roof can sustain the occasional but often cosmetic or superficial damage. For example, water and extreme temperatures cause asphalt shingles to shed their outer granules, slowly making the shingles less resistant to UV radiation and other types of damage. Years of sudden temperature changes may also cause cracks to form in shingles. Occasionally, a strong storm may blow shingles right off of your roof. Fortunately, these problems can all be resolved quickly and easily by replacing the damaged or worn shingles. Wear and tear to the flashing between the roof and the chimney can also be fixed with ease. If these problems aren't addressed early, however, they can lead to serious leaks and/or termite invasions. The resulting damage to the wooden structures of your roof may signal the need for extensive roofing replacement.

3. Your Roof Is Contributing to High Utility Bills

Have you done everything you can think of to improve your home's energy efficiency -- to no avail? Once you've insulated your attic, installed double-glazed windows, added thermal drapes, and sealed up every little gap in every wall, it may be time to re-evaluate your relationship with your roof, especially if that roof was getting old anyway. A home roof replacement presents a golden opportunity to invest in energy-saving options such as an elastomeric rooftop coating, light-colored ceramic tiles, or a metal roof that naturally reflects lots of the thermal energy it receives from the sun. Even a change from black shingles to lighter-colored shingles could make a difference in your utility bills.

A full home roof replacement is definitely a big job, but it can also help you keep your home stronger, safer, more energy-efficient, and more comfortable for decades to come. Contact your local provider of home roof replacement services to schedule an inspection and find out whether it's time to replace your roof!