Virginia Beach Roofing: Article About Roof Repair Or Replacement
It is sometimes difficult for homeowners to determine when it is the appropriate time to replace a roof and when a roof's lifespan can be adequately extended through repair. Consulting a Virginia Beach roofing specialist may be the simplest method for making this determination, but there are a number of factors that may be unique to each homeowner's roofing system. An analysis of damage and degradation will play a prominent role in this process, along with the age of the roof and the level of care the homeowner has devoted to roof maintenance.
The most telling factor for homeowners is the nature of the damage and wear to the roof and its components. If the roof is structurally sound, but there are signs of rust forming on the flashing, it may be the case that only the flashing requires replacement. If there is rust on the flashing and the shingles are showing clear signs of granule loss, then it is much more likely that replacement is necessary, especially if the sheathing is also showing signs of degradation or wood rot in conjunction with these other signs of wear.
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Of course, the age of the roof should also be a prominent consideration in determining whether to repair or replace. A five year old roof that has suffered extensive damage is much more likely to benefit from repair than a roof with similar damage that is nearing its lifespan of 20 years. Most roofs are expected to have a lifespan of 25 years or more, so the roof's age should also be taken into account when determining whether to repair or replace.
Homeowners must also weigh the short term financial costs against the long term costs. A costly repair that only delays replacement by a few years will likely cost significantly more in the long run than simply replacing the roof earlier. Delaying replacement without considering the long term cost is very likely to be a mistake, so a thorough cost benefit analysis should be a part of the decision making process.
Finally, the roof's ability to function optimally should also be considered, especially as it relates to safety. A roof that has structural integrity issues must be properly addressed in a timely fashion as a simple matter of safety. Delaying replacement or repair when there is a safety risk involved is always a mistake, so homeowners should understand that expeditious action is necessary when the roof's condition is not up to par.