When it comes to roofing problems, you should only resort to roof replacement if repairs are not enough to fix the problem. No one wants to spend money on unnecessary roof replacement when repairs would have sufficed. So, before you seek the aid of roofing contractors, here’s a quick guide to understanding the difference between roof repair and replacement.
Problems that require repairs are typically isolated in a small area, so the first thing you should ask yourself is how widespread the problem is. If the damage is only affecting a restricted amount of space, this usually requires repairs. An example would be water stains on the ceiling in one spot (as opposed to being all over the house) or individual missing or damaged shingles. Note that a full roof inspection is part of the repair procedure as it helps determine the extent of the problem as well as identify hidden issues that can potentially cause future problems.
Setting aside the roof’s age – asphalt shingle roofs older than 30 years will show signs that they are due for replacement – your roof’s overall condition is an indicator that it will have to be replaced. If you’re not your home’s first owner and are unsure how old the roof is, look out for signs like cracking and curling, or if the rainwater runoff has too many granules in it. Even if you’re not experiencing any leaks, you should at least have your roof inspected to determine an installation timeframe – all the better to prepare for it.
Professional Repairs and Replacement
The best way to know is to have your roof issues addressed by professionals. If you haven’t had your roof inspected for a long time, now is a good time to do so. Our team at Garlock-French Corporation is trained to recognize roof issues, apply long-term fixes and give you an accurate assessment of your roof’s condition, including when it will be up for replacement.
If you would like to learn more about our roof replacement options, including metal roofing, call Garlock-French Corporation today at (612) 722-7129, or fill out our contact form to schedule your in-home estimate. We serve Minneapolis and nearby areas in Minnesota.