Overtime every roof needs some care. When that time comes, you’ll have to decide whether to repair, patch, or replace your roof. There's a big difference between a few missing shingles lost during heavy winds and a leak that affects several roof layers. If the damage is extensive, it's usually a better idea, and value, to replace the roof.
Warning Signs of Roof Trouble
- Curling, cracked or missing shingles
- Discoloration, moss or algae
- Shingle granules in gutters
- Indoor leaks
- Sagging roof
Replacing shingles due to wind damage or a fallen limb is relatively inexpensive. Torn or damaged shingles can be removed and replaced with new ones. The downside is that unless your roof is relatively new and you happen to have saved some spare shingles, your patch job may not match the existing roof. Talk to your roofer about matching shingles.
Replacing Your Roof
The older a roof is, the less efficient repairs will be. If your roof is old, the damage is extensive or it has started to affect the roof’s structural integrity, it’s time to replace. And, if you notice a lot of water damage or leakage in the interior of your house, replace the roof immediately.
A new roof is a big expense, but it should last you for decades. Contact your local roofing contractor —Making the right decision will save you future headaches.