Working with roofs can be a hassle, and sometimes determining if a roof should be repaired or replaced can be difficult. Let’s take a look at how to better determine which is needed.

Roof Repair: Replacing Your Shingles

Sometimes replacing is all you need to restore beauty and function to your roof. Asphalt shingles are designed to last for decades, and today’s modern roofing designs are engineered to last as long as a typical homeowner would live in their home. Before you decide to replace any shingles, it is important to have a professional inspect your roof to determine if any of the underlayment or decking is damaged. If there are just a few shingles missing from high winds and no other damage, then it could be feasible. If there’s a leak that extends through the various layers of the roof and the damage is extensive, it might be better to replace the entire roof.

An interesting aspect to consider is that over time the shingles on your roof can change in color and size as they are exposed to the elements. If you have a box of spare shingles, you might find that when you go to install them that it’s difficult to match them up with the existing shingles. Depending on the location and size of the area in need or replacement, it might be difficult to blend replacement shingles into the rest of the roof. If, however, the area is located in an inconspicuous spot, or the section is relatively small, you might be able to get away with nailing down some replacement shingles.

Replacing the Roof

How do you know when it is time for a whole new roof? The answer depends on a variety of factors which you should consider any time you are confronted with a roofing repair or replacement dilemma.

Signs of Moisture or Water Damage

Once water seeps beneath the roof’s shingles, it can quickly find its way inside which can result in serious damage and potential health hazards. If you see signs of moisture inside your home, including brown spots on the ceiling, peeling paint or mold, you might want to opt to replace the entire roof rather then attempt to patch or repair.

Recent Disaster

If your neighborhood was recently hit with a natural disaster or with rough weather conditions, roof damage may be extensive enough to require a total roof replacement. Even a single harsh winter can push an ailing roof into a state of emergency.

Aging Roof

If your roof is around five years old and leaking, the problem might be related to the quality of the installation or a defect in the materials instead of normal wear and tear. If your roof is around twenty years old and has a couple problem areas, it might be near the end of its lifespan and due to be replaced.

Roof Type

Another important consideration is the type of materials the roof was made with. An eighty year old slate roof might have a few more decades of life ahead of it, whereas a metal roof of the same age would be well past its prime. Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material due to their affordability and aesthetic appeal, and the latest generation of premium asphalt shingles are made to last up to fifty years with proper maintenance.

When it’s time to replace your roof, consult with a home roofing expert. Also keep in mind that price shouldn’t be the only factor that influences your choice of roofing contractor. By investing in a quality product and expert installation now, you can rest easy knowing your home is protected for the long haul.

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