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Many homeowners come to us with this twofold question: Do I really need a new roof? Can’t repairs do the trick? Our answer is this: while there’s value in quick repairs, they’re not meant to solve your long-term roofing problems. Here’s why.

Band-Aid Fixes: The Good and the Bad

Quick repairs are fine for dealing with minor problems and other issues that are generally limited in scope. In emergency situations when there’s bad weather approaching, for example, these interim fixes can salvage your roof and extend its life span.

But the thing with quick repairs is just that—they’re Band-Aid fixes for when you’re in a pinch. They’re not meant to be long-term solutions to your roofing issues. Repeatedly patching up damaged shingles, for example, could cost you more down the line. If you live in an area that’s prone to extreme temperatures, you’re better off replacing your roofing system altogether.

Repair or Replace?

Often, it’s pretty difficult to tell when your roof needs repair and when it needs to be replaced completely. We recommend consulting expert Ottawa roofing companies before making the big decision.

In any case, here are top four situations in which Band-Aid fixes just won’t cut it:

  • The underside of your roof decking is sagging. This typically indicates that a leak has worsened. Replacing the roof will help you avoid moisture and further structural damage to your home.
  • There are streaks along exterior walls and attic rafters. Again, these are signs that a faulty roofing system has allowed water to penetrate deep into your home’s foundation.
  • Your metal roof has excessive rust. This could mean that your roof is past its prime and needs to be replaced.
  • There’s excessive mold or moss growth on shingles or shakes. Not only are these visually unappealing, but molds in particular can pose serious health risks.

Don’t wait too late to replace your roof. If you need someone to examine it, turn only to the roofers Ottawa residents trust. At Century Roofing & Siding, we will conduct a thorough inspection and assessment of your roof to determine its condition. We will also help you find a solution that best suits your situation. Let us know the best time to visit your home for a face-to-face consultation. You may also request a free estimate of our roofing replacement and repair services by calling (613) 738-1774.