Roofing 101: When to Repair vs. Replace

Even the highest-quality roofing systems will sustain wear and tear over time due to constant exposure to the elements. Whether your roof is damaged by an extreme weather event, such as a storm, or simple aging, this can make your home vulnerable to water damage.

You have two options when it comes to roof damage: you can either repair your roof or replace it. To help you decide, here are some pointers:

When to Repair

Start by inspecting your roof from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Do not climb onto the roof, as this is hazardous and should only be done by a trained professional.

If you see that your roof is missing a few shingles, it’s probably possible to simply repair it. Don’t delay repairing a roof with missing shingles, though, as a missing shingle means your roof underlayment is exposed, which can lead to rot.

Instead of replacing the missing shingles yourself, it’s best to call a professional roofing company to do the work for you. It’s safer for you and for your roof.

When to Replace

A pro will be able to determine whether the problem is truly limited to a few missing shingles. If the roof is sagging, there are granules in the gutters, curled shingles, popped blisters on shingles and other issues then you may need to replace the roof.

A sagging roof is a serious problem that requires prompt roof replacement. It’s unsafe to ignore a sagging roof.

Granules in your gutters are normal in some circumstances. During the installation of a new roof, loose granules are likely to fall off. But when there are more granules in your gutters and on the ground than on your shingles, that means your shingles have lost their UV protection and you need to replace the entire roof.

Curling and popping blisters are a sign also that your home is due for a roof replacement. This indicates your shingles have been damaged severely and have lost their effectiveness.

Winfield Builders can conduct a thorough inspection of your roof and advise on the best course of action. We also offer other services, including  siding replacement. Find out more by calling us at (301) 329-8295 (Olney) or at (410) 401-5045 (Annapolis). You can also fill out this form for a free, no-obligation quote. We are ready to help homeowners in Annapolis and in Columbia, MD.

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