If you’re having problems with your roof, you might be wondering whether the better route is to repair certain spots on the roof or replace it altogether.
Here’s some information from a company that specializes in roof repairs and roofing replacement in Portland, OR.
Repairs and shingle replacements
There are some circumstances in which all you need to do is replace a few shingles and your roof will be fine. Keep in mind that asphalt shingles have been designed to last for decades, and today’s technologies often allow roofs to last for as long as you own your home. It can be helpful to have a professional come and inspect your roof just to make sure none of the underlayment or decking is damaged, but otherwise, if you just lost a few shingles during heavy winds, then replacing the shingles should be fine, especially if you haven’t had any issues with leaks. It’s once the damage gets more extensive that replacing the whole roof becomes a better option.
It may be difficult for you to match the new shingles to your roof, even if you have some extra shingles from when your roof was installed. This is because the old shingles have been exposed to the elements ever since they were put up on your roof. But over time, the new shingles will be weathered and begin to blend in.
If you have a slightly larger area of your roof that is damaged or deteriorated, you’d need to make some more significant repairs than just putting on a few replacement shingles. Again, work with a roofing professional here to identify the issue. Sometimes patching will help you prevent future damage, sometimes it won’t—it all depends on the state of the roof underneath the shingles, and how much (if any) leaking you’ve experienced.
Replacing a roof
In general, it is advisable that you rip off any existing roofing before you put a new roof up. While there are some circumstances in which you can technically roof over an existing roof (which does save money), it’s not going to do anything to resolve any of the issues underneath those existing shingles.
Here are some signs that you should just go ahead and replace your roof:
- Age: A roof that’s just a few years old and having some leaks probably had some issues during installation, or the materials themselves could be defective. However, if you have a roof that’s a couple decades old and has a couple problem areas forming, then you should consider replacing it.
- Materials: Some materials are made to last longer than others. Asphalt shingles can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance. Slate can last even longer than that.
- Disasters: If your roof was exposed to a recent disaster and sustained some significant damage, replacement is probably a better option than repair.
- Signs of water damage: Once water starts to get under the shingles, it can cause some serious damage in your home. Look for peeling paint, mold or brown spots on the ceiling—this could indicate water damage from leaks.
For more tips about roof repairs and roofing replacement in Portland, OR, reach out to the experts at DL Baker Homes LLC today.