Roofs are not cheap, so it is no surprise that you would want them to be repaired rather than replaced. However, there comes a time when a repair is no longer feasible and you have to part ways with your old roof. The following covers three reasons to start preparing for roof replacement.
1. Aging Roof
The expected lifespan of your roof depends on the materials it is made from. Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material for residential roofs in Atascadero. These are usually listed with an expiration date of around 25 years in ideal situations. With the temperate weather in Atascadero, you’ll get pretty close to that.
Keep in mind that there are three types of asphalt shingles, and the type can affect the longevity of your roof. The three types and their typical lifespans are:
- Three-tab – 25 years
- Dimensional – 30 years
- Luxury – 30 years
2. You Constantly Need Roof Repairs
Repairing a roof is much more cost efficient than replacing the whole thing. In many cases, you only need a repair anyway. However, if you find yourself repairing your roof year after year, it can end up costing you a lot more than a replacement in the long run. On top of that, you will eventually end up doing the replacement anyway.
Another thing to consider is that constant repairs could indicate a much larger problem. You don’t want to keep putting a “bandage” on the real issue because it could become a health or safety hazard. Save yourself time and frustration by going ahead and getting your roof replaced.
3. Mold and/or Algae Has Taken Over Your Shingles
Roofs that have unchecked algae problems can develop mold problems. When this happens, it is often too late to save the shingles that are affected. This is because algae essentially rots your shingles, and then the mold thrives off the rot. You could say that mold eats your shingles.
If the problem continues to be unremedied, the mold will spread and get to a point where the whole roof just needs to be replaced. On top of that, the mold spores can begin to enter your home because your roof no longer provides a barrier to the outside.
Don’t Hesitate to Get an Inspection
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you need a replacement or a repair. The three signs above are significant indicators for a replacement, but a professional can let you know for sure. Don’t hesitate to call Ribas Roofing for any roofing needs in Atascadero or the surrounding area.