When John F. Kennedy said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”, he was talking in hugely philosophical terms of course. But this principle can certainly be applied on a more basic and literal level as well. If you are a homeowner, the chances are pretty high that you are almost constantly faced with decisions such as:
- Choice of different kinds of fixtures,
- Contractors to be chosen for specific jobs,
- Problems related to maintenance and
- Repair or replace decisions as well.
Perhaps one of the most vital decision areas pertains to knowing exactly when you should replace certain important components of the house such as the roof. When to replace your roof is something that can be decided when you keep in mind certain aspects.
The chances are pretty high that you do not have the time to inspect your roof on a regular basis. But, it is important that you do so at least 2 to 3 times in a year. Ideally, you should be able to do it just before major seasonal changes. Some things that you can look for during such regular inspections are:
- Chipped or broken shingles
- Water damage
- Sagging portions of the roof and
- Obvious holes in the roof as well.
You should pay special attention to areas such as corners of the roof and areas around chimneys or any other pipes as well. Quite a few of the problems can be fixed with simple replacement of specific portions of the roof or even the pipes.
Age of the roof
You may be able to get away with replacing just a few shingles or even a small part of the roof but if the roof is rather old, then you may benefit in the long run by completely redoing the same. Quite a few times, stormy weather may blow away or damage shingles and if the roof itself is not very old, then you simply have to replace such shingles. But, if the roof has seen quite a large number of years, then you may be better served by going in for a complete replacement altogether.
Extent of damage
Again, sometimes you may be able to fix damaged roofs by simply adding a few new shingles or patchwork. But if the damage is extensive, then you run the risk of allowing debris or rainwater to collect inside the house. This in the course of time will lead to water damage within the house as well. So, if the damage to the roof is pretty extensive, then you may have to consider a complete reroofing of your house. In the long run, such extensive replacement will be the only way in which you can protect your property.
Depending on the materials that have gone into the making of the roof and the workmanship, you can certainly enjoy a long ‘shelf life’ for the roof. But sometimes, depending on factors such as age and damage, you may have to replace your roof entirely.
We recommend Armor Roofing for your roofing and exterior projects. View more information about their roofing Nashville installation and repair services at http://www.armorroofing.com . They are also located at Armor Roofing 533 Church Street Suite 107, Nashville, TN 37219(615) 255-8288.