One of the most challenging aspects of being a homeowner is staying on top of your house’s repair and maintenance needs—and for many homeowners, the roof poses a particular challenge. After all, the roof is not easily viewed in its entirety, it’s hard to inspect in great detail at a distance and it may even be largely inaccessible depending on its design and surroundings. For these reasons, it’s generally best to leave roof maintenance and roof repair in Calgary to the pros.
When it comes to the roof, one of the most difficult things to gauge is whether a problem is something that can be repaired, or if it demands the total replacement of your roof. When you know there’s something wrong with your roof—such as visible broken shingles or obvious interior leaks—rather than trying to scramble onto your roof yourself to evaluate the situation, here are some factors to keep in mind to help you determine whether you need roof replacement or roof repair in Calgary:
- Age of the roof: One of the biggest factors to take into account when deciding between roof replacement and roof repair is the age of your existing roof. Typically, asphalt shingle roofs can be expected to last between 20 and 25 years, depending on upkeep and environmental conditions. If your roof is already getting up there in years, it may be more prudent to replace it, rather than spend money on repairs that amount to temporary fixes. In general, weighing the cost of repairs against the cost of replacement is a good way to gauge which approach is going to be more sensible.
- Incident-related damage: While some replace-vs.-repair debates really are open to discussion, other situations present a much clearer course of action. One of the most obvious signs that replacing your roof with a new roof installation in Calgary is the best approach is if your roof has suffered serious damage due to an incident such as a severe storm or fallen tree. In these cases, the structural damage to the roof is generally serious enough that a repair (or series of repairs) will simply not be sufficient.
- Shingle debris in gutters: At the other end of the spectrum from, say, a tree falling through your roof is this factor that you’re not likely to notice until you or your hired experts tackle the job of cleaning your gutters. The presence of shingle debris in your gutters, in the form of granules, is a solid indicator that your shingles are nearing the end of their useful life. The amount of shingle deterioration increases the older your shingles get. Even if you haven’t noticed other problems with your roof, this is a sign that roof replacement is probably imminent.
At Rhino Exteriors, we have over 10 years of experience providing roof repair and new roof installation in Calgary, and we’re able to tackle a full range of roofing projects with the highest levels of professionalism and skill. To learn more, get a quote or ask questions about the current condition of your roof, please get in touch with our team today!