Performing regular maintenance on your home will not only be good for its appearance, but it can also save you money. Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, because it protects the interior from exterior elements (such as sun, wind, and rain). While putting off repairs for another time will save you money in the short run, it will cost you a lot more to fix later on. But, not every home improvement decision is as simple. It may be possible (and even more practical) to repair a roof than to replace it, but it will depend on several factors (such as the type of damage and how much of the roof’s surface needs to be repaired).
When You Should Replace Your Roof Shingles
In some situations, it might be okay to replace a few shingles instead of the entire roof. Asphalt shingles can last for decades, but modern technology has allowed manufacturers to design roofing materials that will last as long as you own your home. Before you make a decision on how to proceed with a roof repair, you should have it inspected by a professional. It’s one thing to have a few missing shingles that get blown off by strong winds, but a leak that goes through the inner layers of your roof can do a lot more damage in the long run.
Shingles are continuously exposed to rain, snow, and heat. So even if you have a box left over from when the roof was first installed, you might not be able to match them with the ones on your roof. It may be hard to find replacement shingles to match with the rest of the roof. But, if the affected area is in an inconspicuous location or is relatively small, you might be able to replace the ones that have been damaged without drawing further attention to the affected area. You should never wait to replace them. Your shingles are there to protect your roof deck from moisture and wind, and even the smallest exposed area is enough to allow water to seep into the underlayment and onto the deck.
When You Should Patch Up Damaged Areas
Many homeowners would like to know if they can patch a damaged area or section that shows signs of deterioration. They may even decide to roof over the existing layer instead of tearing it off completely. Patching can work in some cases, but you can have the same issues as replacing damaged shingles.
A roofing contractor will be able to inspect it more thoroughly so he or she can determine if patching the roof will extend its lifespan without resulting in any further damage. A roofing expert will look at both the exterior of your roof and the boards in your attic, which will show any signs of moisture if it has made its way through the roof deck.
If your shingles are curling at the edges or are starting to buckle, it could be the sign of a more serious problem. Another bad indication is the presence of granules in your gutters or on the ground. They’re small, pebble-like pieces that coat the outside of your shingles, and it can leave them more susceptible to damage if they have fallen off.
Signs of a sagging roof can also indicate a more serious problem. So if you notice any of these, you shouldn’t wait to call a roofing professional. Even if you can patch your roof, the result may not be aesthetically pleasing. The damaged area is always much larger than when you have to replace a few damaged shingles, so it might be hard to get the repaired area to match with the rest of your roof.
When You Should Consider Reroofing
You might be asking yourself if you can install another layer of shingles over your existing roof. While it may look like a potential money-saver, it may not be the most cost-effective solution. You may have covered up the problem, but there could still be damage underneath that will get worse over time. Most building codes will allow up to two layers of shingles on a home, so it may be possible to put another layer of shingles on your roof. But if you have more than two layers, you could be putting too much weight on your home’s supporting structure.
You may also have to pay for additional labor when it’s time to tear it all down. Instead of ripping off one layer of shingles, the roofing contractor will have to remove two. You may also have a harder time finding the source of a leak because instead of trying to find it under one layer of shingles, you’ll have to look through two of them. Placing a second layer of shingles could also void your manufacturer’s warranty, which will protect you if the new shingles are defective. If you run into a problem later on, you may not be able to use it to cover the cost of a repair or replacement.
If you want more information on which solution is best for your home, contact Phillip’s Roofing and Restoration today!