Replacing your roof can be rather costly. That is why most homeowners try to put it off as long as they can. How do you know when it is the best time to to repair vs. replace your roof?
One of the first things to consider is the age of the roof. Asphalt shingle roofs normally have a lifespan of about 15-30 years. If your roof has some damage but most of it is still in good shape, then you could probably get away with just repairing it. But if your roof is approaching the 20 year mark, you should strongly think about having it replaced.
If you have a leak, you should have a roofing contractor inspect the roof to determine how widespread the leak is. If it is isolated to one small area, repairing it would be the way to go. If the roof is leaking in several places, you should have the roof replaced.
Think about how long you intend on staying in your home. If you are thinking of selling in the next couple of years and your roof is still in good condition, you should do repairs vs. replacement.
If you decide to go with a new roof vs. repairing it, it is highly recommended not to lay another layer of shingles over your existing roof. You might save a little money, but removing the old shingles will allow you to inspect the roof deck for any damage.
Repairs are a short term solution and cost less money, while a new roof is a big expense but will last you for decades and give you peace of mind.
Whichever way you choose to go, call Veritas Roofers for all your roofing needs. Always a free estimate. Veritas means TRUTH.