Should I Repair Or Replace My Roof?

When taking a look at your home a small bit of maintenance can often be one of the best solutions to improving the appearance of your property as well as preventing the need for major repairs in the future. Putting off the need for major maintenance and repairs can often save you money in the short term but it will end up costing you in the long term. Home improvement decisions are not always easy and deciding whether to repair a roof or replace it comes down to several factors. The type of damage in the total percentage of the roof surface that’s needed for repair needs to be properly inspected. Here are some top considerations on whether you should repair or replace my roof?

When Can You Replace Shingles

If your shingles are missing you might be able to restore the full function of your roof by simply installing a few missing shingles. Asphalt shingles are usually designed to last for decades and with most modern roofing designs, you can have a system that’s going to last as long as you own your home. Before you make the decision to replace shingles is important to have a professional first inspector roof and determine if the decking or underlayment systems have been damaged from exposure. The largest difference between a few missing shingles and the underlayment being damaged is that you could be at a much higher risk for water damage inside your home. Damage to the underlayment will often mean that you have to replace your entire roof. 

Keeping a spare box of shingles in the basement for quick repair jobs can make sure that you will have shingles that can match if there is a need for quick replacement. It can often be difficult to blend replacement shingles into the rest of the roof, but replacing them with the same materials can help in this process. 

When Areas Are Damaged

A deteriorating or damaged section of the roof can also be patched but it will depend on the total percentage of the roof that has been damaged. Patching a roof can be worked and if you are replacing roofing systems, it’s usually a better plan to consider replacing areas that have been damaged in their entirety. If the moisture has made its way into the decking throughout your home, it can be crucial for you to consider a full replacement service to keep your roof at its best. 

Should You Install Roofing Materials Over Old Roofing Materials?

Shingling over an existing roof might seem like an option that would save you money but it’s often short-lived. Placing your roofing materials over your old roofing materials will not cover up the damage that has taken place underneath. Your roofing materials are only going to continue deteriorating underneath your roof and this will commonly lead to problems with your roof and leaks. It’s often better to tear off the old roofing materials before starting on a roofing project. You could leave yourself in a poor position of having to tear off newer roofing materials and the older roofing materials in a much shorter amount of time. 

Spotting The Signs Of The Need For Replacement 

Some of the earliest signs that you may need to replace your roof include signs of water damage and moisture, missing roofing materials from a recent storm, the overall age of your roof, and the age of the materials that have been put into your roof. 

Contact us today if you are in need of a quality home roofing replacement. We can assess the quality of your roofing materials and help you choose the best solution for your current roof.