The Facts – When It’s Time For a Roof Replacement

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Most people are understandably uncertain as to when it is best to replace a roof as opposed to repairing it. In general, if the cost of repairs in the short-term is likely to exceed 25% of the cost of replacing the roof, replacement should be seriously considered. However, the nuances of the damage and the roof’s age play a role in making this decision. Regardless of whether you choose to repair or replace your roof, Foster Roofing is here to do the work on your behalf when it’s time for a roof replacement or repair.

Consider the Roof’s Age

The lifespan of your roof is largely dependent on its material. Metal roofs have the potential to last half a century or longer. Asphalt shingle roofs might last 15-20 years. If your roof is approaching the upper end of its lifespan, it might be better to replace it rather than repairing it. Furthermore, if your home has already been re-roofed and requires significant repair, it is a sign you have spent enough on repairs, and the time might be right for a full replacement. When in doubt, consult with Foster Roofing for an honest and in-depth analysis of your roof’s condition.

Is There Internal Discoloration?

If you spot stains on the walls, ceiling, or even along the exterior of the building, it is a sign of water damage. Furthermore, a dripping noise emanating from the ceiling indicates there is a leak that will inevitably cause water damage. Even slightly soggy insulation within the attic is a sign of water damage. Do not walk on the roof if you suspect there is any such water damage. If the damage is extensive, the roof will require replacement.

Does the Roof Have Extensive Decay?

A roof with missing or curling shingles visible to the naked eye has endured quite the beating from the elements. If you spot granules or other debris from the shingles within the gutter system, it is an indication of roof decay. The bottom line is that a roof with missing components will prove that much more vulnerable to mother nature’s wrath. If your roof has any such significant decay or missing components, opt for replacement as opposed to repair that merely temporarily stems the tide.

Dark Streaks on the Roof Are Cause for Concern

Airborne algae lead to the formation of dark streaks along some roofs. Though such streaking does not immediately indicate the roof shingles are compromised, it looks terrible. If the streaking is excessive and complete removal impossible, you should give serious consideration to a replacement, especially if your roof is 20+ years old.

Daylight Is Visible Through the Roof Boards

If you spot daylight coming through the roof boards while in the attic or notice the roof bounces when you walk upon it, it is an indication it will soon require replacement. As is often said, it is better to be safe than sorry, so do not hesitate to replace such a compromised roof before it leads to injury. The best part is that you do not have to do any of the work. Foster Roofing’s crew is here to replace your aged or worn roof on your behalf.

Drooping or Sagging Necessitates Replacement

A roof that sags or droops requires replacement sooner rather than later. If you neglect such a problematic roof, it will eventually lead to considerable damage to your home, business, or other building. Foster Roofing is here to take a look at your drooping or sagging roof to determine what, exactly, has gone wrong. We check for rotting boards, excessive moisture, and other problems. However, if the sagging or drooping is significant, the roof likely requires replacement.

Most of Your Neighbors Are Replacing Their Roofs

If the majority of the other homeowners on your block are replacing their roofs, you should likely follow suit. Most homes in neighborhoods are built around the same time, so the roofs typically require replacement at similar intervals. Furthermore, if a particularly harsh storm made its way through the area, necessitating your neighbors to replace their roofs, you should consider replacing yours as it probably endured the same amount of damage as the neighbors.

Foster Roofing Is At Your Service

Our roofing experts are here to replace, repair, and maintain your roof. We provide roofing services for both homeowners and business owners in and around NW Arkansas and River Valley. If you need any type of assistance with your roof or suspect something might be wrong with your roof, reach out to us today. Those living and working in the NW Arkansas area can reach us by dialing 479-751-2300. If you live or work in River Valley, give us a call at 479-308-0413.

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