When was the last time you thought about your roof and what repairs it might need? Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect their roofing until leaks or other issues demand attention. At that point, minor repairs may be out of the question, and a total roof replacement may be the only option. Understanding how to distinguish when you need a shingle roof repair can save you from the headache of requiring a total replacement because you didn’t see the warning signs early enough.
Our shingle roof repair experts at Silver Creek Roofing can come to your home and perform an on-site inspection to determine what your roof needs to restore it to its top-performing condition. We want to protect your home and your belongings just as much as you!
How Do I Know if I Should Repair or Replace my Shingle Roof?
There are several ways to tell when your shingle roof needs to be repaired or replaced. When figuring out if your roof needs attention, the first thing you should do is check out your attic. Go into your attic and check for any signs of damage to the ceiling. Are there cracks, holes, or leaks in your roof? Do you see wet spots or stains where wet areas dried?
If you have openings in your roof, or you find evidence that water is coming into your home, you should have your roof inspected as soon as possible. Roof leaks can cause quite a bit of damage over time if not addressed.
Next, go outside and climb up a ladder to see the roof up close. Some of the telltale external signs that you should have your roof inspected by a professional include:
- Age of The Roof: While many shingles, especially those made from modern materials, are incredibly durable, their age can affect when you need to repair or replace them. An asphalt shingle roof typically lasts for about 20 years before it needs to be replaced.
- Curling: Shingles that curl up and away from the roof might be past their prime, and they often need to be replaced quickly. Curling shingles also offer less protection to your home, as they leave spots on your roof more exposed to the elements.
- Missing Shingles: When you have bald spots on your roof or a few missing shingles here and there, you can guess that the rest of your roof needs some attention as well. When shingles go missing, this means the integrity of your roofing system is compromised.
- Cracks, Rust, or Gutter Granules: Your shingles need an inspection if you discover rust, see that there are cracks, or you find granules of shingle material in your gutters. If they are breaking, rusting, or crumbling, your shingles need immediate attention so there isn’t further damage to the roof or interior of your home.
- Moss Growing: It is untrue that moss growing on your roof is harmless, and you can ignore it. Moss indicates that your roof has the right conditions for the plant to thrive, and with moss comes water damage, as it holds onto liquids. That liquid can seep into your home, causing damage over time. Prevent that damage with proper shingle repair.
Depending on the severity of the damage already done to your roof, a roofing contractor will be able to determine if a replacement or a repair is necessary. If you see any of the issues listed above on your roofing system, please get in touch with the experts at Silver Creek Roofing so we can give you a free on-site inspection and figure out how to best repair your shingle roof damage.
How Do You Repair a Shingle Roof?
Roofs have a lifespan, just like many of the other parts of your home. If you work with a roofing expert to replace a few problem shingles before they become a more severe issue, you can avoid a total roof replacement. Your roofer will likely follow these three steps in the shingle roof repair process.
- Determine what damage is present and needs repairs. This step can result in your roofer deciding to replace a small section, or in some cases—an entire roof, of shingles.
- Remove any damaged or broken shingles and check for damage underneath. When shingles are damaged, the decking beneath may be damaged and need repairs or replacement as well.
- Put in the new shingles. After assessing the workspace and clearing or replacing the decking, the roofer will install new shingles to replace the damaged ones. Once the new shingles are in place and the old ones are disposed of properly, our roofers will clean the area, so you don’t have to worry about cleanup from the job.
Can You Repair Just A Few Shingles?
When you work with Silver Creek Roofing, we will determine what repairs your roof needs and let you know if we can replace a few shingles or if your roof repair will be more extensive. After a storm or other weather event, a few shingles might need attention, and in this case, it is more likely that we will only need to replace a few shingles.
Do You Need Shingle Roof Repair?
At Silver Creek Roofing, our experts are determined to keep your roof performing as well as possible for as long as possible, and we will take the time to ensure we address all your roofing needs. Shingle roof repair and maintenance is essential to the longevity of your home, so you want to work with roofers with the knowledge and experience to give you the best repairs on the market. Get in touch with us today for your free on-site inspection and quote!