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Does Your Roof Need Replacement or Repairs?

Is your roof showing signs of damage? Brian Elder Roofing is one of the mid-south’s trusted roofers. When we inspect your roof, you can count on us to be honest with you. We will let you know if you need repairs or an entire replacement. However, there are ways to help you determine whether you need repair or replacement. Here are a few things to consider when replacing or repairing your roof. 

How Old is Your Roof? 

Depending on the type of roofing materials used and the age of the roof, you may have a good indication of when to replace your roof. Some roofing materials only last 10-15 years, while others have a longer lifespan of up to 30 years.  

If your roof is showing signs of damage, such as leaking or missing shingles, and is an older roof, it may be time to replace it. Continuing to repair it will only waste your money. Installing a new roof is a significant investment, even if you choose to move at some point. 

The Extent of the Roof Damage 

The signs of roof damage typically fall into two main categories: Structural and aesthetic damage. Aesthetic damage usually means your roof looks worn out and old, or a mossy, dark streak of algae is growing between the roofing materials. 

When there is structural damage, you will likely see the following indications: 

  • Cracked or broken asphalt 
  • Pieces of asphalt in gutters due to bald spots on them 
  • Dented asphalt, wood, tile, or metal roofing components 
  • Curling edges on wood or asphalt shingles 
  • Rusted panels or metal shingles 

Again, working with a roofing professional will help you determine if these damages can be repaired with new stronger shingles, such as Owens Corning shingles, or if you need a replacement roof. 

Is Your Roof Leaking? 

If you see water stains inside your home that run down the walls or across the ceiling, this could be caused by a leaky roof. Especially in winter when ice dams can form. This means that patches of snow build up and do not slide off the roof like they should but instead stay piled on top of the roof. If the structural integrity is compromised and your roof is leaking, you will need to solve the problem soon. A leaky roof can lead to the following: 

  • Wet and destroyed insulation 
  • Damaged ceilings 
  • Rotting framing and roof sheathing  
  • Mold build-up 

When Repairs Are a Better Option 

At Brian Elder Roofing, we understand that the cost of replacing your roof is a huge component in determining whether you want to invest in a new roof or continue to make repairs. However, if you only have minor damage, such as just a few shingles missing, that is an easy and inexpensive fix. Also, damaged, or torn shingles can also be replaced easily. The primary downside will be matching shingles to your current ones, so it may not look as nice as you like, but it will save you money. However, we can try to order shingles that are close to the existing color of your current shingles. 

If the damage is confined to one section of your home, partial roofing could be an inexpensive option compared to a complete replacement. Yet, you again encounter the aesthetic issue where the shingles may need to match precisely. 

Benefits of A New Roof 

Having to repair your roof consistently can get costly. If you decide to get a new roof, here are a few perks. 

  • Increases the value of your home 
  • Increases your curb appeal 
  • Increases your energy efficiency 
  • Saves on consistent repairs 
  • Peace of mind knowing that your home is protected against the elements 

Brian Elder Roofing is here for you whether you need a new roof or repairs. We are also here to recommend annual roof inspections; these inspections could save you money overall. Contact us today at (901) 867-0303 to schedule a roof inspection. 

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