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Is It Time for a New Roof? 5 Things to Consider to Help You Decide

May , 2023 | 8 min. read

By Nicole Corson

Are you considering getting a new roof? If so, it's important to make an informed decision. But how do you know when it's time for a new roof? And what factors should you consider before making the decision?

With so many factors to consider, it can be overwhelming to even begin to know where to start.

We get it.

With over 30 years of experience, our family at RoofCrafters understands that getting a new roof is a significant investment. An extremely important one too. And many of our clients first came to us asking if they need a new roof and what other important factors need to be considered when making their decision. Now we want to help you by answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

In this article, you'll learn the top 5 things you need to consider before getting a new roof. By the end, you'll have a better understanding of what to consider before investing in a new roof. And hopefully, you'll be better prepared to make the best decision for your roofing needs.

So let's dive in and explore the top five things to consider before getting a new roof.

Age: Signs Your Roof Is Showing Its Age


Shingle blistering before their lifespan is over

Is your roof showing signs of wear and tear?

Over time, all roofs will start to show signs of wear and tear. This can manifest in several ways, including cracks, buckling, curling, or missing shingles. 

However, wear and tear doesn't necessarily mean your roof needs to be replaced. It could mean it needs some TLC or simple repairs to extend its lifespan.

Have you been noticing leaks, missing shingles, or other issues?

Leaks, missing shingles, or other visible issues can be a clear sign that your roof needs repairing. Again this does not mean that your roof is at the end of its lifespan. Leaks and missing shingles can be cured with small repairs as well. Small in comparison to replacing your entire roof. 

missing shingles

So how do you know when it's time for a new roof?

Determining when it's time for a new roof can be a challenge for homeowners. A general rule of thumb is to inspect your roof every year to look for any signs of wear and tear. You can also look at the age of your roof. Most asphalt roofs have a lifespan of around 15 to 30 years. 

The average lifespan of asphalt shingle roofs:

  • 3-Tab shingles 15-17 years
  • Architectural shingles 18-24 years
  • Upgraded architectural 25-30 years
  • Designer shingles 30+ years

If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan or showing signs of significant damage, it may be time for a roof replacement. If you don't know the age of your roof an experienced local roofer can help you determine the age and estimated remaining lifespan.

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Replacement or Repair: How to Know When It's Time for a Replacement


When faced with a roof issue, it can be difficult to decide whether to repair or replace it. While minor repairs can be done to extend the lifespan of your roof, there comes a point when replacement is the only option.

One key factor to consider is the age of your roof. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan. We'd recommended opting for a full replacement rather than continuing to patch up issues. This can help you save money and avoid any major issues that may arise soon.

Additionally, if your roof has less than 5 years of expected lifespan and the cost of repairs is more than 20% of the cost of a full replacement. At this point, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire roof instead of continuing to repair a roof that'll need to be replaced in a few years. 

loose cracking shingles in a metal valley

However, if your roof is still relatively young and in good condition. We highly recommend doing minor repairs or maintenance to extend its lifespan.

An experienced roofing contractor can assess any issues caused by leaks. They can then provide you with recommendations for emergency leak repairs.

Ultimately, the decision to repair or replace your roof depends on various factors. Working with a trusted roofing company can help you make an informed decision and ensure that your roof will protect you from the elements.

Deciding on the Type of Materials: Which Roofing Materials Are Right for Your Home?


Choosing the right roofing material is an important decision. One that may affect your home's aesthetic appeal, energy efficiency, and value. With so many options available, it can be challenging to decide which one is right for your home.

4 types of material

One of the most popular roofing materials is asphalt shingles. They are affordable, durable, and come in a variety of colors and styles

Popular material options include:

  • Asphalt shingles 
  • Metal (standing seam, metal shingles, metal tile, screw-down)
  • Synthetic roofing (slate, shakes, or tile)
  • Tile (concrete or clay) 

When it comes to deciding on the type of roofing material. We recommend considering factors such as the climate in your area, your home's architecture, and your style preferences. 

For example, metal roofs are ideal for homes in areas with strong winds, lots of rain, or heavy snowfall. While synthetic wood shake roofs add a natural, rustic charm to homes with a more traditional design.

Also, consider the long-term maintenance requirements and cost of each material. This can help you choose the best materials for your budget. While some materials may be more expensive upfront, they may need less maintenance and have a longer lifespan. An experienced contractor will help you weigh the pros and cons of each material and guide you toward which one is right for your home.

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Understanding Your Roofing Warranty Options: What to Look For


When you're getting ready to invest in a new roof, it's important to understand the warranty and protection that comes with it. Here are a few things to consider when reviewing your roofing warranty:

  1. Length of the warranty: How long is the warranty for? Is it a standard warranty, or are there options to buy extended coverage?
  2. Coverage: What does the warranty cover? Does it cover just material defects or also installation issues? Make sure you fully understand what's included and excluded.
  3. Transferability: If you sell your home, is the warranty transferable to the new owner? This could be a valuable selling point for your home.
  4. Maintenance requirements: Does the warranty require specific maintenance or inspections to remain valid? Be sure to understand any maintenance requirements and factor them into your overall cost.

CertainTeed SureStart warranty chart showing coverage terms

It's important to review your roof estimate carefully and ask questions. This will help ensure that you have the protection you need and understand any limitations or exclusions.

Multiple Quotes: The Benefits of Getting Multiple Quotes for Your Roofing Project 


When it comes to any major home improvement project, it's always a good idea to get multiple quotes. This is especially true when it comes to your roofing project.

Getting multiple quotes can help you get a better idea of the average cost of your project and what services are available. It can also help you compare prices and find the best value for your money.

But getting multiple quotes isn't just about finding the best deal. It also allows you to interview and check each contractor. You can ask questions and get a sense of their professionalism, experience, and communication skills.

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Keep in mind that the lowest quote isn't always the best option. Make sure you're comparing apples to apples when evaluating quotes. Look for contractors who are certified by the top roofing manufacturers, licensed, insured, and have a great reputation.

Getting multiple quotes can help you make a well-informed decision and find the best value for your money. All while ensuring that you're working with an experienced contractor.

Conclusion: Is it Time for a New Roof?


It depends! Deciding whether to get a new roof can be a daunting task for homeowners. However, considering the five things we discussed in this article can help you make a better-informed decision. 

Your roof is one of the most critical components of your home, protecting you and your family from the elements. Neglecting its maintenance or delaying its replacement could lead to significant damage. Thus, it is important to work with a company that has experience. A company that can help guide you through the process and provide you with the protection you need.

At RoofCrafters, our family has been serving the roofing needs of homeowners living in the Southeast for over three decades. We’ve done so by guiding our clients and helping them make the best decisions for their needs. Our family of roofing professionals is here for you too. We’ll provide you with the highest level of quality and a great experience. If you live in one of our many service areas in South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida and would like us to come out and go over your options. We'd love to help.

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Nicole Corson

At RoofCrafters, our mission is to provide job opportunities for others to thrive and grow while making a meaningful impact within our communities.