Have you noticed there are a growing number of problems with your roof? If there are leaks in several places and damaged, cracked or missing tiles in multiple locations, then a tough question of whether to continually repair these issues or replace your roof is a tough decision to make. How do you know when it’s the right time to actually make that decision to replace your roof? There are a few questions you can answer about your roof to help you decide and what your roof is saying about replacing or repairing it.
The first question is to consider how old your roof is. If your roof is still within its lifespan and service life, then you could probably get away with repairing it. Your roofs service life is generally categorised according to the type of tile and material it’s constructed from. However, this can change due to poor maintenance and prolonged repair issues which can drastically reduce your roofs service life. Generally speaking, concrete and terracotta tiles can last an average of 50 years, whereas slate shingles can last up to 150 years due to their robust natural rock composition. You will need to take into consideration the amount of maintenance and work you have already done on your roof and whether these problems continue to occur. If your roof is well maintained and within its lifespan then you may be able to repair it.
Take a look at your roof while standing outside and see if you can notice any cracked, broken or damaged tiles or pointing. If the answer is yes, then this can seriously hinder the strength in your roof and jeopardise the materials underneath (batons, insulation, ceiling). If this kind of damage is in several spots after you have inspected the roof in more thorough detail, then you probably need to replace it especially if these issues have been exposed in wet weather conditions for several months. Inside your home, if you notice leaks or wet spots that have come through after previous rainfalls it is not always indicting a total re-roof, unless those leaks are consistently wet and mould has started to grow. This is an indication that sunlight has been pouring in creating these large mould colonies in your ceiling.
The final thing to consider when deciding to replace your roof is whether or not you plan on selling your home anytime soon. Building reports and homebuyers will be extremely
concerned about the condition of your roof, and nothing drives away potential buyers if the roof needs significant work or replacement. Investing in a roof replacement can actually increase your home’s value and generate more buzz from potential buyers. Modern concrete tiles manufactured in the past decade can last a life time and also have better gloss retention than a standard steel roof, meaning your roof will look newer for longer. With an extensive array of tile colours and styles to choose from, a new roof is a major draw point for people to come look at your home and see if it’s right for them.