When Is it Time to Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Should you repair or replace your roof? The simple answer is that most homeowners aren’t equipped to answer that question without having an Indianapolis roof professional inspect your roof first. However, if you are asking the repair-or-replace question about your roof, it’s most likely because of one of the following reasons:

  • There is an obvious leak from the roof somewhere in the house.
  • A recent weather event resulted in roof shingles either on the ground or missing from the roof.
  • The roof is 15 to 25 years old or older.


How Old is Your Roof?

You may not realize that there is more damage to the roof if you only see visible damage. Thus, deciding whether to replace or repair your roof will heavily depend on the age of the structure

The first step in getting a new roof would be getting repairs. Whether damages may be the result of improper workmanship, substandard roofing material, or weather damage can be determined by a qualified inspector. All of those cases should be covered by an insurance policy or warranty.

A detailed roof inspection by a qualified professional is recommended if the roof is more than 15 years old. Your inspector will be able to assess whether your insurance company will and will not cover certain items with photos and sketches. In the end, the insurance adjuster will decide whether the property needs to be repaired or replaced.

In addition to the type of roof you have, it is important to determine whether you should repair or replace it.

How Long Do Different Types of Roofs Last?

The following is a list of the most commonly used roof materials, their lifespans, and the type of repairs needed before a roof is replaced. 

Wood Shake Shingles

Metal Roof

The lifespan of a metal roof is upwards of 50 years when manufactured and installed correctly. It is most likely that metal roofs will need repairs at the seams if and when they need them. A metal roof may also require repainting or coating to prevent rust. 

Concrete Roof Tile

Generally, concrete roof tiles last for close to 50 years. Nevertheless, it is crucial to inspect your tiles every year for any signs of damage. Leaving a broken tile in place can cause a leak, which may damage a greater number of tiles, the plywood of the roof, and the home's interior.

Wood Shake Shingles

Many insurance companies no longer cover wood shake shingles. When deciding whether to repair or replace, you should consult your state's insurance office.

Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles

T-lock Asphalt Shingles

Generally, if damage occurs to these shingles, roof replacement is necessary, and can often be covered by insurance. Since these asphalt shingles were used in the past, they aren't installed on new roofs anymore.

Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have many grades. Age and damage from the weather and the elements will determine whether you need to repair or replace roof issues that exist.

Time to Repair or Replace Your Roof?

If you need to repair or replace roof issues on your home, give the Indianapolis roof repair experts at Bryant Roofing Systems a call at 317-342-4050 or email us at service@bryantroofs.com. We are here and ready to help!

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