It doesn’t matter if your home encountered a windstorm, a fallen branch or tree, or hail, it’s hard to justify the expense of a full roof replacement if only part of it has been damaged. The question is – can you do just a partial roof replacement? Or, is it an all-or-nothing deal? It all depends on the expanse and level of damage present.
Learn more about a few different situations of partial roof replacement and how to handle them.
Replacing Just a Few Shingles
If there are a few shingles missing after a storm, there’s no need to worry too much about it. However, it is a good idea to have a professional come look at the roof as soon as possible. While this is true, a few torn, curled, or missing shingles aren’t a major cause of concern.
The roofer can tell you the amount of damage, if any, that occurred to the decking or the underlayment of the roof, and as long as the decking and underlayment are in good shape, they may be able to slip in a few shingles where the old ones are missing. This is why it’s so important to speak with a roofer, sooner, rather than later. The longer your roof has missing shingles, the more damage that can be done to the roof’s underlayment. Once that is damaged, it’s going to be a much bigger repair.
Understand, it’s usually pretty difficult to match the shade and color of a roof when there are just a few shingles missing, especially if your roof is more than a few years old. You may notice the patched shingles; however, if they extend the roof’s life for another 10 to 15 years, is the patch really that big of a deal?
Patching Up Damaged Parts of the Roof
If the damage is beyond the loss of a few shingles, and there’s a lot of damage concentrated in just a few small areas, this is another situation to deal with. For damage that covers less than 50 percent of the roof, you may be wondering if a patch will be sufficient.
It’s best to speak with your roofer first. What may seem like a small patch job on the exterior, may actually be more serious once your roofer gets on top to exam the surface more carefully. During this inspection, your roofer is going to try to see if there is any water damage to the roof’s underlayment or if there is water getting into your home’s attic.
If there isn’t any serious water damage present, it may be possible to get the roof patched. Remember, it’s still tough to match the existing shingle color perfectly, especially if the old ones have had some weathering. But a patch is more affordable than a full roof replacement.
Contact a Roofer for More Information
While you can opt to patch small areas of damage, there are some drawbacks to this you should be aware of. Contact Pyramid Roofing Company today to know what option is best for your home.