3 Things To Consider When It Comes To An Aging Roof

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No matter how well a roof is built, it will eventually need to be repaired or replaced entirely. Aging roofs can be especially difficult for homeowners to deal with. It can be difficult to determine whether repair or replacement is the right decision. Repair is less expensive than replacement, however, it's only a temporary fix. On the opposite hand, replacement is expensive enough that most homeowners will want to avoid it until it's necessary. Here are three things to consider when it comes to an aging roof.

The Roof's Typical Lifetime

While most roofs will last over a decade, a roof's average lifetime can vary greatly depending on roof type and material. Asphalt shingle roofs last on average between 20 and 40 years, wood shingles about 30 years, copper roofs can last more than 100 years, clay tile 40 to 60 years, and slate anywhere from 50 to 100 years. Knowing a roof's typical lifetime can help homeowners determine whether or not repairing is a better choice than replacement. If a roof is near the end of it's average lifespan, replacement should be considered carefully.

Cost

When it comes to an aging roof, the cost of roofing repair should be considered. Repair costs average between $316 and $1,113. In most cases, repair is the most economical option. However, if extensive repairs are needed or if the roof itself is difficult and expensive to repair, then replacement may be a more economical option long term. The average cost to replace a roof is between $4,793 and $9,370. It's also important to consider what parts of the roof are damaged or worn down. A few loose shingles are easier and cheaper to repair than a major leak.

Previous Damage

Another thing to consider as a roof ages is previous damage. Over time, weather events and the environment can lead to roof damage. Homeowners should look into past damage to the roof and how many times it has been repaired previously. Even if a roof isn't close to the end of it's average lifespan, frequent damage can mean that it needs to be replaced sooner. Looking into the quality of roofing repair is also important. Sometimes old roof repairs need to be redone in order to ensure the structural integrity and function of the roof.

As a roof ages, roofing repair and replacement may be something that homeowners need to consider. While roofing repair can extend the life of the roof for quite some time,, replacement may be necessary. There are a few different things to consider when it comes to aging roofs. First is the type of roof and it's average lifespan. Some roof materials are more durable than others. The cost of repair versus replacement is also a very important thing to consider. Whether or not the roof has been damaged and repaired frequently in the past can also provide clues on whether or not it's time for a full replacement. 

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