All roofs deteriorate over time and eventually need to be replaced. When should you replace your roof and when will repairs suffice? If you replace your roof too soon, you’ll waste money. If you wait too long, you risk ending up with roof leaks and expensive water damage. Here’s what you should ask yourself when deciding to either repair or replace your roof:

How old is your roof?

Your roof’s age is one of the most important considerations. Most asphalt shingles have a lifespan of about 15 – 30 years. If the roof is damaged but most of it is still in good shape, a spot repair may make sense. But, if the roof is approaching (or past) 20 years old, replacing it may be the better way to go long-term.

Is there a leak?

If there’s a leak somewhere, an inspection will help you determine how widespread it is. Often, roofs will leak along flashing points. If this is the case, and the leak is isolated, a quick repair may be all that is necessary. If the roof is leaking in several places, a roofing replacement may be in order.

How long do you plan on living there?

Give some thought to how long you intend to be in the home. If you’re planning to sell in the next few years, and the roof is in generally good condition, it may make more sense to have repairs done.

Do you want to upgrade?

If you opt to replace your roof, you may be able to incorporate environmentally-friendly features that qualify for local or federal tax credits to offset the cost. Also, new materials are generally more energy efficient, last longer, and perform better so an upgrade is desirable long-term.

Repairs are less expensive but tend to be more of a short-term solution, while a new roof is a big expense but should last you for decades. Ability Roofing Solutions is proud to provide quality roof installations and repairs to the Tampa Bay Area. You can trust that your roof is in good hands when our highly trained staff takes on your project. Contact us today!