How to know when it’s time to repair, replace or restore your roof?

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your roof until there’s a problem. By then, it may be too late to do anything but repair or replace it. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how you will know when it’s time to repair, replace or restore your roof. We’ll also talk about the pros and cons of each option so that you can make the best decision for your home.

Indicators that it may be time to restore, replace or repair your roof:

There are several indicators that it may be time to repair or replace your roof. If you see any of the following signs of damage or wear and tear, it’s time to call a roofing contractor:

  • Damage to your roof like cracked, missing, or broken tiles.
  • Wet patches appearing on the gyprock.
  • Sagging roof.
  • Daylight coming through the roof.
  • Mould or mildew on the ceiling.
  • Water damage on the walls or ceiling.
  • You want to change the colour of your roof and extend the life of it.

Roof Repair

If your roof is leaking or has missing tiles, it’s time to repair it. Roof repair is usually a quick and easy fix that can be done by a professional. However, it’s important to note that roof repair is sometimes only a temporary solution. The problem can possibly reappear in the future, and if it does, you’ll need to repair it again.

Pros of Roof Repair:

  • Usually relatively simple.
  • Can be done by a qualified contractor.
  • Less expensive than replacement.

Cons of Roof Repair:

  • Can be a temporary fix so the problem is likely to reappear in the future.
  • Will not last as long as a new roof.
  • May not be possible if damage is too extensive.
  • Does not change the appearance of the home.

Roof Replacement

If your roof is more than 20-30 years old or if it’s severely damaged, replacing your roof may be your best option. A new roof will protect your home from the elements and can even improve its energy efficiency. If the tiles have become porous over time, this may be the most effective option to extend the life of your roof. 

Pros of Roof Replacement:

  • Will protect your home from the elements and can improve energy efficiency.
  • A new roof is a home improvement and will last longer, usually 20-30 years.

Cons of Roof Replacement:

  • Having your roof replaced is more expensive than restoring or repairing it.

Roof Restoration

If you are seeking a cosmetic change to your roof, and there are some repairs required, restoring your roof is likely the most appropriate and cost effective option.
A roof restoration includes:

  • Sourcing and replacing all the broken or chipped tiles
  • Pressure washing the roof and flushing out all the gutters and downpipes.
  • Repointing all the ridge caps
  • Repairing anything as required
  • A primer coat and two colour coats of a colour of your choice

Pros of Roof Restoration:

  • It is more cost effective than roof replacement
  • It can change the appearance of your home and increase the life of your existing roof materials.
  • It repairs any issues you have with your roof.
  • It reseals the surface of tiles

Cons of Roof Replacement:

  • It might not be possible for some roofs, depending on the quality of the existing roof materials. 

Having roof troubles? Contact Roof Ranger today!

We offer a range of roof repair, replacement and restoration options. We’ll work with you to help you determine the best solution for your home. Contact us today so we can inspect your roof and begin solving your roofing problems.

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