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Repair Or Replace Your Roof? 3 Things To Look For

Do you have a roof that has started to leak? Are you wondering whether you'll have to replace your roof or if you can just repair it for now? Having your roof repaired can be a good way to slightly extend the life of your roof, postponing the inevitable total replacement. Not all roofs are eligible for a repair, however, and will need to be replaced even if the roof as a whole is relatively new. Some signs that you are going to need a full replacement include:

Sagging roof: Your roof should consist of straight lines and flat surfaces. If any part of the roof is starting to sag or buckle, that's an indication of a serious issue in the roofing structure. If the sag is in the vicinity of your leak, it's possible that the excess water has only recently caused the subroof there to warp and rot which will force your chosen roofing services to simply replace a small portion of the whole roof when they install new shingles. It's also possible that the sagging caused the leak, rather than being caused by the leak. Excess humidity in your attic or crawlspace could have led to dry rot. If this is the case, you may even need to have some of your rafters replaced in addition to your roof.

Curling shingles: Asphalt shingles should lie flat against the roof with no gaps between individual shingles. This doesn't change even if you have textured or dimensional shingles. If your roof has shingles that are starting to curl, you'll need to find out from one of your local roofing services whether this has been caused by age or if there is another reason. Asphalt shingles that have been subject to heat can start to curl prematurely, leading to roof leaks. Too much heat can be an issue in a poorly ventilated attic or crawlspace, especially in areas just above any heating ducts. Failing to correct the issue can result in having to have your roof repaired again in a relatively short time.

Sunlight in your attic or crawlspace: Sometimes, it's difficult to diagnose an issue by looking at the top of a roof. Climbing up into your attic or crawlspace may allow you to see things that are otherwise hidden. For example, you may be able to see gaps between the shingles that are invisible from the other side. If all you see is one gap, you may be able to get away with simply repairing that section of your roof. On the other hand, multiple gaps across different sections of the roof point to more serious issues that will need to be corrected by the roofing services company that you hire.

Contact companies like Economy Roofing for pricing and assessment.