January 11 2019 0Comment
Shingle Roof in Charlotte

Should I Repair or Replace my Roof?

Repairing or replacing your roof is a significant home project. Owning or managing a home is a significant investment of time and money. The roof of your property can be one of the most expensive features to replace. Your decision on whether to repair or replace the roof will come from a few different factors – is there damage, what kind of damage it is, and how much of your roof was impacted by the damage? The experts at Signature Exteriors are happy to stop by your property to inspect and evaluate the condition of your roof to help you decide which roofing services you need. 

Roof repair versus roof replacement:

Shingle Roof Repairs – Missing Shingles 

Shingles can come off of your roof due to high winds, rain, or snow and ice. If you have a few missing shingles on your roof, it’s likely that a roofing professional can repair the roof by replacing just those few shingles. It is best to perform this roof leak repair as soon as the damage occurs to prevent water and wind from causing more extensive damage to the underlying materials. We still recommended that you have a licensed roofing specialist come out to inspect the area and to ensure no extensive damage occurred after the shingles fell off.

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, you may see slight 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 perform an inspection of your home’s interior area in the attic for any signs of moisture damage prior to partial replacements or larger repairs being performed.

Similarly to replacing missing shingles, it’s important to note that the age and condition of newer shingles and material will not match perfectly to the other surrounding areas of your roof. If the size of the patched area is large, it will not blend well on your roof.


Full Roof Replacement

There are a few different factors to consider if you’re thinking about planning 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. Prior to making the decision 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 has 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 it’s likely a full replacement is something you’ll 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 times lead to heavy leaks that require replacement of the structure. 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?

As stated earlier, standard architectural shingles have a general lifespan of 20-25 years (although there are some designed to last up to 50!). A slate roof can last up to 100 years compared to a metal roof with a life expectancy of 80 years.

What is the age of your roof?

If your roof isn’t close to the life expectancy of the material it’s made out of (most architectural shingles have a life span of 20-25 years), your damage may be fixable by performing small 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 a number of factors to consider when you’re deciding to repair or replace your roof. It’s important to have a qualified roofing professional help you with this process by performing an inspection. To maintain the safety and value of your home, you’ll want to invest in quality materials and expert installation. Please consider contacting Signature Exteriors for all of your roofing needs.

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