Does your roof leak? Are shingles missing? Does the metal material have dings or pits? Perhaps your new home's older roof isn't in perfect condition, but you're not sure whether the issues are minor or major signs of wear and tear. Left untreated, seemingly insignificant wear could grow. Take a look at what you need to know about wear and residential roof replacement options.
Should You Replace Your Roof Right Now—Or Repair It?
If you're not sure whether your roof's level of wear is acceptable or a cause for pause, contact a qualified residential roof replacement contractor. A roofing professional can assess the area and help you to look for potential problems. This gives you a chance to learn more about your roof and may make it possible to repair the area instead of replacing it. But if the contractor feels the roof is unsafe, unstable, or that a repair won't solve the problem, a replacement is your best bet.
What Is the Next Step In Wear-Related Roof Replacement?
Maybe the roofer found damage on your roof and its primary cause is wear and tear. What should you do next? You may start this process with a few financial decisions. Even though the elements may have contributed to the wear and tear issues, the rain, wind, and sun did not directly damage your roof through a natural disaster type of event.
This means your homeowners' insurance policy isn't likely to cover damage from flying debris, hail, lightning strikes, or similar heavy rain/thunderstorm issues. Wear and tear is a different category of damage.
Before you agree to an estimate, set a roof renovation budget. If this is a completely unexpected cost, talk to the roofing contractor about the price differences between materials, techniques, and the overall installation. Even though a new roof is a major investment, you don't have to sacrifice quality for cost.
How Should You Choose A New Roof?
The initial cost of the roofing material and installation isn't the only price-related factor to consider—and it isn't the only way to choose a new roof. Along with the price you'll pay to put a new roof onto your home, ask the contractor about additional costs that you may have over your home's lifespan.
A durable roof will last longer and have fewer repair costs over time. While an asphalt shingle roof may save you money right now (on the costs of materials and installation), you may need to replace it in as little as 20 years. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) estimates that the average lifespan of a three-tab asphalt shingle roof is two decades.
In comparison to asphalt shingles, slate tiles can last for 60 to 150 years. But the initial costs of this type of roof are typically higher than what you would pay to put asphalt shingles onto your home. A roofing contractor can help you to understand pricing, durability, and other factors that will impact your choice.