When a roof becomes damaged for any reason, homeowners are left with a decision. They can either opt for a partial roof replacement or to replace the roof in its entirety. Homeowners are advised to schedule biannual roof inspections, once before winter and once after winter, so a professional can offer an informed recommendation. However, there are certain signs that can help homeowners decide whether they need a full roof replacement or partial roof replacement.
Why A Full Roof Replacement Is Often The Best Decision
In the long-term, opting for a full roof replacement may even save money because it reduces the overall frequency of repairs. Deciding on a partial roof replacement may mean scheduling another one after the next period of bad weather.
There are also other reasons why a full roof replacement could be the most prudent financial decision because it keeps energy bills down, reduces damage caused by critters and prevents small problems from growing into large problems.
Signs That A Full Roof Replacement May Be Required
A partial roof replacement should be reserved for relatively minor issues, such as a small section of damaged shingles. Homeowners are advised to call in a professional roofing contractor to perform an inspection before making a final decision.
Moisture Or Water Damage
One of the primary considerations in deciding between a full or partial roof replacement is moisture. Water marks, peeling paint and mold on the inside of a property could indicate that the roof is not doing its job.
Minor leaks can be repaired through a partial roof replacement, but in most cases leaks could indicate the need for a full roof replacement.
Age Of The Roof
The age of the roof is the most obvious factor in deciding whether a roof needs to be replaced in full. The average roof will last between 20-25 years before it begins to experience a decrease in performance.
There are exceptions to this rule, as roofs made out of copper or tile have a life expectancy of up to 50 years. If the roof is nearing its life expectancy, it is time to replace the roof.
Condition Of The Shingles
Shingles are the first layer of defense of any roof. They are constantly exposed to difficult weather conditions, but poor workmanship and old age are major factors in how long they last. Shingles that have split due to heat, or that are curled or torn must be replaced as they are not protecting the roof structure. A small number of damaged shingles can be replaced as part of a partial roof replacement.
Non-localized shingle damage is a sign that a full roof replacement is necessary. Generally, professionals recommend that if the damage has spread over more than 30% of the roof’s surface area the whole roof should be replaced.
A Major Weather Event
If a property recently experienced a major weather event, homeowners are advised to schedule a roof inspection. Storm damage is not always instantly visible to the average person. This could leave the property exposed to the elements.
In the event of extensive damage, a professional roofer will recommend a full roof replacement.
Shingles are often replaced over time to cover up algae, moss and other aesthetically displeasing elements. This lack of cosmetic cohesiveness could ruin the image of a property.
Although many homeowners may not see this as a reason to opt for a full roof replacement, if the intention is to sell the property in the future this could impact its curb appeal.
Be Aware Of Shingle Layering In Partial Roof Replacements
The cost of a partial roof replacement can be limited by installing shingles over an existing layer of shingles. Many homeowners opt for this method since it cuts out the costs of removing the old shingles first. Although this method reduces the time it takes to carry out the project, in certain municipalities it may not be a viable option.
Municipalities’ building codes often state that no one property can have more than two layers of shingles on a roof. In some localities, the practice of shingling over existing shingles is banned entirely. Failing to adhere to the building codes of your local community could lead to severe financial penalties. This is also why it is important to speak to a professional roofing contractor with knowledge of the municipality’s building code.
In many of these areas with stricter regulations, it is more cost-effective to opt for a full roof replacement.
Contact The Professional Northern VA Roofing Contractors Today
Deciding between a partial or total roof replacement can be difficult for the average person. The wrong decision can cause major financial loss and inconvenience in the long run. Get in touch with the professional Northern VA roofing contractors at Adelphia Exteriors to schedule a roof inspection by calling (703) 386-7357.