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Syracuse Roofing: Article About When To Opt For Roof Replacement

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When the roof of a home or business suffers damage or starts to experience leaking, the owner may wonder if it might be best to have the problem repaired and carry on or if it's time to have the roof replaced completely. Professionals in the Syracuse roofing industry are a resource people can consult to help them make this determination. In the meantime, here are points home and business owners should consider as they weigh their potential choices.

The age of the roof is factor. If the roof has nearly reached the end of its life expectancy, then replacing it is the better long term solution compared to making repairs that will only provide temporary protection for the home. Asphalt shingles generally last 20 to 25 years before they begin to show their age and need replacement. Other materials vary in terms of their lifespan; however, asphalt remains the most common choice for shingles in the United States. If the roof is older than 25 years, odds are good that repairs will only stave off the inevitable.

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If the current roof was installed over an older roof and is nearing the 20 year mark, this is a good indication that replacement might be the smarter option. Installing new shingles over old is a common practice but not one that is especially helpful for the longevity of the shingles. Instead, homeowners may wish to have the old roof completely removed and have the substructures inspected. Then, the homeowner can have increased confidence in the new roof that is installed.

Other signs that a roof is due for replacement include finding asphalt granules in the gutters and being able to see daylight through the interior boards of the attic. Both of these are very bad signs and would only be seen in the case of a poorly maintained, neglected or extremely old roof. Interior sagging of the roof decking is another telltale sign. All of these are good indications that the roof requires more than mere patching or repair.

By contrast, if the roof is newer than 15 years old and shows no signs of leaking or deterioration, having minor roofing issues repaired may be the better decision. This is especially true if the cost of a quality new roof is not in the current budget. The repairs may be enough to keep things dry and secure until other options become available, including a new roof.

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