We all know regular maintenance is the best thing for your Seattle home. By proactively maintaining your interior and exterior, you’re doing the best possible job preventing big issues in the future. But sometimes you can find yourself in confusion, particularly when it comes to a big ticket item like your roof. If there’s a roof issue, should it be repaired or patched? Or will the whole roof need to be replaced?
The answer depends on several factors, and it’s not completely cut and dry. To be sure, you may need a roofing professional to provide their professional opinion. However here are a few guidelines that should help you make your decision.
Can I Replace Shingles?
Yes, in some cases, all you may need to do is replace shingles. Modern asphalt shingles are made to last decades, and if the underlying roof structure is solid, then you are probably good to go.
The hard part is knowing about that underlying roof structure. That’s where a professional roof inspection will probably come in. You need to determine whether you’ve just lost a few shingles due to heavy winds or whether the issues go much deeper. If the damage extends into the deeper layers of the roof, you may be headed toward a roof replacement.
Another issue you may run into is color matching. Even with a spare bundle of the original shingles lying around, they likely won’t match the color. After all, your shingles have probably spent years being exposed to sun and rain, and the color has usually faded a bit. If the area to be replaced is small, or in an inconspicuous area, that may be no problem at all. But if it’s front and center on the house, you might wince every time you pull into your driveway.
What About Patching a Roof?
Patching a roof brings pretty much the same issues as replacing a few shingles, it’s just over a larger area. Patching may involve replacing just a section of the roof that might be water damaged or sagging. However, you need to be completely certain that the damage is limited to only that area. If it’s spread further and it’s not addressed, then you’re likely headed for more future problems. The chance of having color matching issues is much greater, too.
Replacing Your Roof
How do you know it’s time for a whole new roof? Here are some factors to consider:
- Moisture or Water Damage. Water is pervasive – it wants to get inside your house, and it never stops trying. If you see signs of moisture in your home – things like peeling paint or mold, or brown spots on your ceiling – then the damage may warrant a full roof replacement.
- Big Storms. If your area was recently hit with a violent storm, your roof could be damaged. Even one really harsh Seattle winter can push a roof over the edge (so to speak).
- Is your roof leaking even though it’s only a few years old? Then it’s probably defective materials or installation, and those can usually be repaired. If it’s 18+ years old and has issues in several areas, it may be time to think of replacement.
- What is your roof made of? The most common roofing material is asphalt composition shingles, and today’s manufacturers offer up to a 50-year warranty. But many composition roofs get replaced between 18 to 25 years of age. In fact, many new construction home builders use the least expensive roofing system available utilizing low quality components. Your roof is only as good as its weakest link. You may want to think about a new roof with quality roofing materials.
When it’s time to replace your roof, it’s vital that you consult with a roofing expert. Price will be a factor, but don’t let it be the only factor. Invest in a quality product and expert installation, like what we offer at Four Seasons Roofing. Contact us today. You’ll be glad you did