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Your Roof: Replacement or Repair? Most houses, no matter where they are built, are created to withstand certain weather elements. In Australia, for example, one could experience tornadoes(cyclones) along with harsh snows. Rooftops need to be tough, and they need to be ready to withstand virtually anything. Your home is more than just a house, contrary to popular belief. Your home is a place where your life happens. It is the place where your children take their first steps, where birthdays happen, first dates are objected against, and tearful farewells are given. Now with all of that happening under your roof, why wouldn’t you want it to be made of the highest quality materials? The Telltale Signs of a Dying Roof Is your roof system going bad, or is it simply your imagination? There are actually a few ways for you to tell, which we will list below: - Loose/Missing Shingles - Interior(inside the house) water Damage - Gutter Overflow - Buckling or Sagging Shingles - Loose Nails These are just a few of the signs that you will want to look out for, but when they do rear their ugly head, do you know what to do? There is a serious difference between the need to replace the entire roof and simply effect a few repairs, the main difference being money. Let’s take a look at a few roofing basics, shall we? Signs that you Need Roof Repair First of all, there is a chance that you will notice leaks in your home. Check your carpets and most importantly, look at your walls and ceilings. You will likely notice evidence that water has saturated the drywall, and this is not something that you can allow to continue. If you repair the problem quickly, the leaks will not cause lasting damage, but continual leakage will lead to a replacement of your ceiling or ceiling tiles. Also keep in mind that water mixed with humidity leads to mold growth. Black mold is a serious problem in any home, especially if members of your family suffer from respiratory issues. This is territory that can prove fatal, so don’t leave it alone for too long. If only small areas of the roof have been damaged, then repairs will certainly be in order. One great example would be the loss of a few shingles. At that point, replacing the lost shingles would cost far less than replacing the entire roof. The problem could go deeper, such as the loss of several roof tiles, but even then, the damage should not be extensive enough to necessitate an entire roof replacement. More often than not, the decision will actually be left up to the insurance company who will take into account the age of the roof as well as the damage percentage. For example, if your home has sustained more than 25% damage, your insurance company may decide to go or a full repair as it will cos tless in the long run. Signs that You Need Roof Replacement If you or the insurance company decides that a full replacement is in order, there are several different factors to consider. First of all, do you simply need to replace the coverings? The coverings mean, of course, the shingles and the tar paper. This could, however go down to the plywood panels. If you need to go deeper however then you might need to replace the trusses, which could begin to get expensive. What sort of covering are you going to need for your roof? Tiles are a good option, and you have several different types to choose from. Concrete tiles are always the cheapest, at least when held in comparison to terracotta. Now if you want to go for something much more expensive, Colorbond provides not only the highest price but also the longest lasting protection. Colorbond roofs have been known to last more than thirty years! It is definitely a worthwhile investment if you can afford it. Restoration: The Middle Ground Suppose your roof needs more than just a simple repair, but you really do not want to replace the entire thing. Restoration is a great alternative, and one that you should keep in reserve – just in case. But what does restoration involve? How is it different from the other two options? The idea with restoration is to make your roof look like it did before it began to deteriorate. There are several steps that need to be taken, assuming your roof is eligible for restoration: -Cleaning: The roof will be cleaned with a pressure washer, all dirt, grime, and debris cleared. -Bedding: The bedding will need to be replaced, which is, actually, the tar paper beneath the shingles. -Replacement: Not all of the tiles will need to be replaced, but your roofer will ensure all broken and damaged tiles are removed. -Sealing: At the end of the process the roof will be given a primer and sealer which will help to prevent water leaks in the future. You now have a basic idea of how to identify the needs of your roof, and with that being the case, you would do well to contact a roofing specialist or contractor. Let them know what you need and they can give you their own opinion. It won’t be long before your roof not only looks like new, but is also protected from the everyday elements. With this repair, you are building a future.