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Your Roofing Guide: Repair vs. Replace

Home safety is a priority. And your roof plays a major role in protecting your family and belongings. That’s why it is imperative that you understand the signs that you have a breach in the structural integrity of your roof. Whether you experience extreme weather conditions, or that tree branch that hangs over your property line breaks and falls, your roof needs to be in tip-top shape to withstand such events.

So, today, we here at Smart Choice Contracting are providing the main indicators to look out for that reveal your roof is in need of repairs or replacement. Here are the guidelines:

Signs You Need Roof Repairs

You Have Missing Or Damaged Shingles

Missing or damaged shingles leave your home susceptible to further damage from weather. Water can begin to leak into your home, even if you are only short a couple of shingles. And, a little bit of water goes a long way in damages. From mold to structural damage—when water leaks into your home it is bad news. Make sure to have any missing shingles replaced ASAP to prevent further home deterioration.

Your Roof Flashing Is Loose

Roof flashing is responsible for directing water away from critical areas of your roof, typically where a roof plane meets a vertical surface. Flashing is installed around vents, chimneys, and skylights as well to prevent water from breaching your property. However, corrosion can occur, and holes can appear within your flashing. Make sure to check all flashing yearly, to ensure it is not cracked. This is imperative in maintaining a waterproof barrier.

Your Sealing Has Degraded

Roofs are sealed to extend their lifespans. These sealants deter water from pooling on your roof, keep debris from harming your shingles, create a fire-resistant barrier, and hinder mold and algae growth. Have a professional re-apply your sealant every 10 years.

Your Home Humidity Is Rising

When the humidity within your home rises, moisture can become trapped in your attic or crawl space. This accumulation of moisture leads to condensation, which will typically result in mold growth. Moisture can additionally weaken your wood, causing rotting and cracking. Make sure you are controlling the humidity levels within your home.

Your Insulation Is Damp

Wet insulation is a direct result of humidity increases as well. This jeopardizes the integrity of your indoor air quality, as mold will begin to grow. Have your roofs’ insulation replaced immediately.

You See Water Stains On Your Walls & Ceiling

This is a sign of water damage. If your roof has sprung a leak, water spots will begin to form on your walls and ceiling. Have a professional roofer come to inspect and repair your roof before your problem escalates.

Your Roof Is Sagging

Once a roof has begun sagging, time is of the essence. Your roof will only become more expensive to repair the longer you let this problem sit. Not to mention, your home is no longer structurally sound, and your roof could actually cave in on you and your family. If you catch sagging early, you will be able to have your roof reinforced to preserve your current roof and prevent replacement.

Signs You Need Roof Replacement

You Are Experiencing Frequent Leaks

If your roof is springing leaks left and right, it is time for a new one! Frequent repairs will only end up costing you more than it would to simply replace your roof entirely.

You Have Moss Growing On Your Roof

If you have moss or other vegetation growing on top of your home, there is likely mold sprouting up there as well. Once your roof has become overcome by such growth, it is time to replace it to ensure all mold and mildew is removed.

Your Roof Is Over 20 Years Old

After 20 years of guarding you and your family, your roof can become brittle and succumb to wear and tear. If your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan, it is time to contact professional roofers for your new roof!

For your roofing repairs and replacement, contact Smart Choice Contracting at (631) 239-7710. We are here to protect your roofing, so it can properly protect you.