Should you get your roof repaired, or is it time to have it replaced?

When there’s a problem with your roof, you have a couple of options at your disposal: you could get it repaired or replaced. However, no homeowner wants to waste their money on roof repairs when they are just going to have to replace their roof in the near future anyway, so even if you’re looking at just a small repair, roof replacement may still be a better option. There are many common signs that indicate the need for a new roof, and in our last blog, our roofing experts in Hilton Head went over a few of them. Keep reading to learn more signs that it’s time to invest in a new roof:

#4. Your roof is sagging or drooping.

Does your roof look like it’s sagging or drooping? If so, there’s a good chance that your roof has some structural damage. This could mean that the underlying decking has become weak due to a build up of moisture, but it could also be a sign of rotting boards. Regardless of what is causing your roof to sag or droop, don’t procrastinate calling a roofer, because you most likely have a serious problem on your hands.

#5. Your roof valleys are compromised.

Although it’s important to ensure that your shingles are in good shape all over your roof, it’s especially important to ensure that they are in good shape in the roof valleys. The valleys are some of the most important parts of your roof, as they help to guide moisture away from your roof. When the shingles start to fall apart or otherwise become compromised in the valley of your roof, it puts you at risk for roof leaks. Once your roof starts leaking, it can lead to a lot of serious issues, including structural damage.

#6. You have moss growing on your roof.

Have you noticed that there is moss or algae growing your roof? While it’s normal in humid climates to find algae growing on our roofs, and it probably won’t even harm the roof, the presence of moss could lead to much more serious problems. Moss can hold in moisture, and since it’s sitting on your roof, that moisture could compromise it. Moss will often grow in the shady areas of your roof, so be on the lookout for it. If you do find moss on your roof, it can be cleaned off with a brush, but you should be very careful to avoid damaging your shingles.

#7. Your roof flashings are cracked or broken.

The roof flashings are what’s responsible for preventing roof leaks in the most vulnerable parts of your roof, like around the chimney, skylights, where the roof meets the wall, etc. Over time, roof flashings can start to crack and break down, leavings these areas susceptible to leaks. If your roof flashings are made of tar or roof cement, replacing them with a metal flashing system that is watertight and designed for long-term use can help to protect your roof more effectively and extend the life of your flashings. If you leave compromised flashings on your roof for too long, you’re only setting yourself up for roof leaks and other issues down the road.

Why put money into repairing a roof that is at the end of its life anyway? If you’re facing a repair, but you’re unsure about how many years your roof might have left, contact us at Nationwide Developments. We offer discounts for veterans and active duty military, as well as free estimates, and we can help you determine whether repair or replacement is the right option for you. Schedule your free estimate today!