Having a regular maintenance schedule will not only make your home look good but will also save you money. If you put off much-needed repairs, you’ll end up paying a lot more in the long run, but not all home improvement decisions are as straightforward. There are times when it’s possible (and even more cost-effective) to repair your roof than to replace it entirely. But knowing which route to take will depend on a number of things (such as the type of damage is on your roof and how much of it needs to be repaired).
Signs You Need a Roof Replacement
A roof can sometimes reach the end of its life without experiencing any problems. It may look old and worn, which could make upkeep and maintenance more costly than it would be to replace it. While there are times when you can get away with a roof repair, putting off a roof replacement could lead to larger issues later on. You need to look for the warning signs, because it will give you enough time to plan for the project before the situation becomes more immediate.
Some of the signs that you’re in need of a roof replacement include but may not be limited to:
- Curled shingle edges or shingle tabs that look cupped.
- Asphalt roofing shingles with curled edges.
- Shingles that look cracked.
- Shingles with bald spots from missing granules.
- Your roof is 20 years old or more.
While many of today’s shingles are built for durability, there are a number of external factors that can cause them to deteriorate more quickly. If your roof isn’t ventilated properly, it can have a negative effect on your shingles. And homes that have been built in a specific area around the same time frame and experience the same types of weather conditions will often need a roof replacement at the same time. So if you see your neighbors replacing their roofs, it’s possible you may need one as well.
Airborne algae can cause dark streaks to appear on your shingles. And while it may not damage the shingles themselves, it may not look very good. This can be removed with a half-and-half mixture of bleach and water that you can spray on your roof, but you need to make sure you use a low-volume setting so you don’t run the risk of knocking off any of the protective granules. You also want to protect the surrounding landscaping from any bleach run-off.
Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get a great deal of sunlight — especially in cool, moist climates. This can be more of a cosmetic issue. But moss tends to hold moisture against your roof’s surface, which can damage the granules during freezing temperatures. Moss can be easily brushed off, but it won’t keep it from growing back. You could, however, damage the shingle surface if you’re not careful. So, you may need to hire a professional to keep from causing any accidental damage.
Most of the time, it doesn’t take a professional to notice bad workmanship. Your roof might have a lot of patches, or there may be shingles that look like they have been installed in an awkward fashion. You might also notice multiple layers on your roof, which may be seen by corners that have been cut off from previous roof replacements. It could be sign that it’s time to get a new roof, but be sure to contact a professional for more information about all of the available options.
Your Choice for Roof Replacement and Repair in the Corpus Christi!
If you need a roof inspection, an estimate for repairing roof damage, or you feel like you’re in need of a roof replacement, Phillips Roofing and Restoration is your choice for quality roof repairs and replacements in the Coastal Bend. We have a team of people who are trained in many areas of roofing, and all of them know how the changing weather of the Coastal Bend can affect your roof. That’s why we make sure all of our work is Windstorm Certified. We want your roof to last for the long term, and we’ll do our best to build a roof with which you’ll be pleased.
If you want to work with one of the best roofers in Corpus Christi, feel free to get in touch with us. We would be happy to speak with you about your next roof replacement or repair!