Repairing or replacing your roof is a significant home project. Owning or managing a home is a substantial investment of time and money. The roof of your property can be one of the most expensive components to replace. A decision on whether to repair or replace your roof should weigh multiple factors. The experts at Signature Exteriors are happy to stop by your property to inspect and evaluate the condition of your roof to help you understand those factors and decide which roofing services you need.
Roof Repair or Roof Replacement?
Shingle Roof Repairs – Missing Shingles
Shingles can come off your roof due to high winds, rain, or snow and ice. If you have a few missing shingles on your roof, a roofing professional may be able to repair the roof by replacing just those shingles. It is best to perform this roof leak repair as soon as possible after the damage occurs to prevent water and wind from causing more extensive damage to the surrounding materials. We also recommend that you have a licensed roofing specialist inspect the entire roof to ensure no other damage occurred during or after the event which caused the visible damage.
It’s important to note that the age and condition of the missing shingles will not be the same as the new shingles used to replace them. From this difference, you may see variances in the color and texture of the replacement shingle compared to the older shingles on the roof.
Partial Roof Replacement/Roof Patching
It is possible to replace portions of your roof depending on the extent of the damage caused to warrant a repair or replacement. Performing partial roof replacements or more extensive roof repairs can be beneficial as long as performing those repairs won’t impact the lifespan of the other areas of your roofing system. A licensed roofing professional should inspect your attic for any signs of moisture damage before partial replacements or extensive repairs take place.
Similarly to replacing missing shingles, it’s important to note that the age and condition of newer shingles and material will not match perfectly with the other surrounding areas of your roof. If the size of the patched area is large, it may noticeably stand out.
Full Roof Replacement
There are a few different factors to consider if you’re thinking about a full roof replacement. Our certified technicians and inspectors are happy to walk you through these options during an inspection of your home if you want to discuss this in more detail. Before deciding to replace your roof, consider the following:
Do you have signs of water damage or moisture?
If water or moisture has seeped underneath the shingles, there is a higher chance that more serious issues such as damaged ceilings or wood rot have occurred. If you are experiencing discoloration in your ceiling or water intrusion into your attic – call a local roofing specialist to perform an inspection as a full replacement is something you’ll likely need to consider.
Has there been a large storm in your area recently?
If there has been a large storm in your area like a hurricane, hail storm, or blizzard – you’ll want to have your roof evaluated for storm damage by a licensed roofing professional. Extreme weather conditions such as those listed above can cause significant damage to your existing roof and often lead to heavy leaks that necessitate replacing the roof. Signature Exteriors is happy to assist you in filing a home insurance claim if the storm damage is significant.
What is the material on your roof?
Until recently, 3-tab shingles had a general lifespan of 20-25 years, and Architectural shingles were expected to last 30 years. Alternative materials include; slate, which has a lifespan of around 100 years, and metal, which has a lifespan of about 50 years.
What is the age of your roof?
If your roof isn’t close to the end of life, the damage may be fixable by performing minor repairs or patches. If your roof is getting older, it’s most likely at the end of its life expectancy, and you should consider a replacement.
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your roof. To maintain the safety and value of your home, you’ll want to invest in quality materials and expert installation. It’s essential to have a qualified roofing professional help you with this process by performing an inspection. Please consider contacting Signature Exteriors for all of your roofing needs.