Thursday, June 9, 2016

Roof: Repair or Replace?

Deciding whether to repair or replace roofing is largely an accurate decision based on the roofs condition and age.

All roofs wear out and need to be replaced.  If your roof is approaching 20 years its time to consider replacing.  You don’t want to wait too long, because you could end up with leaks and expensive water damage.  Assessing the overall condition of your roof and identifying early signs of potential roof failure.

If your roof is leaking regardless of its material then a roof repair will be needed as soon as possible to stop the leak(s) into your home.  The repair may be temporary as additional work may be needed to make the repairs that will hold up for the duration of existing roof materials used.

If most of your roof is still in good shape, a small area or spot repairs makes sense.  But, if there are signs the roof is wearing out or close to 20 years old, replacing it may be the wiser choice.
Check the condition of your roof at least once a year, this will enable you to plan in advance for any seen necessary repairs.

Early signs of trouble include dark areas on ceilings, peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs, damp spots alongside fireplaces and water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace needs further evaluation.  If you have access to your attic area an inspection on a sunny day is good to see if any light can be seen coming through or water stains underneath of roof sheathing.
From the outside, you can assess your roof by an up close inspection or viewing it through binoculars. Warning signs of defective roofing are; shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering, caulking that’s cracking, loose or missing, rust spots on flashing or where flashing's have pulled away.  Check areas closely around; chimneys, pipes, dormers, valley, skylights and other flashing areas.  If you find piles of grit from asphalt shingles in the gutters indicate the top granular surface of the shingle is failing and growth of moss, algae can be signs of moister under your shingles.

If you’re inspection finds worrisome signs, especially if the roof is old or there has been a storm with heavy wind or hail, our assessment can give you peace of mind. Roof replacement estimates are free, though roof inspections due to weather damage or roof leaks have fees for the inspection.

When considering repairs, inspections or a new roof:

You want a reputable, experienced contractor.  We here at Snyder Heating and Remodeling strive to perform work on your home as expected.  Sometimes price isn’t the only factor to consider when it comes to the service you are receiving.  Talk to friends, family and co-workers about our company in your area.  We have a good name in the community, competitive pricing and a track record of quality work.  Check our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can rest assured we are licensed and insured and the value you will receive is as you would expect.

Also, our crew will minimize any damage to landscaping and properties.  Schedule the roof work during dry weather, if possible so your lawn doesn’t take as much of a beating.
You’ll sleep better too, if you’re not worrying about rain coming in when the roof is half-done.

Jason Snyder /


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