Roof Repair

Roof Repair

Roof repair is easier than you think. While a lot of people think that a leaking roof needs to be replaced, this may not be the case unless the roof is old. Missing, cracked, broken, and curling shingles can be repaired and replaced to stop a leak, while older roofs or roofs with multiple leaks or widespread issues should be replaced.


Why Would I Repair My Roof Rather Than Replace It?

When it comes to your home, an ounce of prevention is most definitely worth a pound of cure. In other words, regular maintenance is good for both your home’s appearance and your wallet. Putting off needed repairs might save you in the short-term, but it will end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

However, not all home improvement decisions are cut and dry. For example, it’s sometimes possible — and entirely acceptable — to repair a roof rather than replace it. Which route you take depends on several factors, including the type of damage and what percentage of the total roof surface is in need of repair.

What About Roof Repair?

Reasons For Roof Repair VS Replaced

The Damage Is Only Minor

If the damage to your roof is only minor, a total roof replacement might be a costly, excessive expense. After all, a roof is meant to last for many years and withstand inclement weather. When damage is limited to small areas, roofing specialists can usually fix it. For example, a leak over your kitchen or bathroom could easily be the result of isolated damage to an otherwise healthy roof.

Pretty much any type of damage confined to a small area can be repaired. Minor holes, for example, can be patched up. There is no reason to invest in a new roof when simple repair work saves you thousands in roofing costs.

The Architectural Integrity of Your Roof Must be Maintained

Some roofs should be maintained in their original composition for as long as possible. The thing is, when you replace the roof on any house or building, you inevitably change the look of the property. Moreover, the property is not the same as before because you have replaced one of the critical components of its architecture. Roof repairs, by contrast, allow you to maintain the architectural integrity of a home.

If you live in a classic home, you probably want to keep it as close to the original design as possible, regardless of any home improvement work you may need to do during your occupancy. With roof repairs, it’s far easier to maintain the house in its classic state. At most, you will just replace a small portion of the roof.

Your Roof Was Recently Replaced

If you paid for the roof that is currently installed on your house several years ago, your best option is to see through on that investment. To that end, it’s best to keep the current roof in functioning condition for as long as it’s meant to last. Just because a roof has incurred minor damage following a recent snowstorm doesn’t mean the time has come yet again to replace the roof.

Something to bear in mind is that most homeowners only purchase a new roof once, sometimes twice, throughout the life of their home. Moreover, even the most inexpensive roofs are built to outlast the average residential occupancy. Therefore, the odds are low that you would need to invest in two roof replacements for the same house.

Your Budget is Tight

If you lack the immediate funds for a complete roof replacement, the option of roof repair will likely save you hundreds and possibly thousands over the price of a new roof. What may at first seem like a significant problem with your roof might only amount to a few hundred dollars worth of repairs. Regardless of your financial situation, the ability to save money is always preferable.

The cost of a new roof can easily exceed the average homeowner’s immediate budget. For example, if you found out tomorrow your roof is leaking, but you had already committed yourself financially for the next few months to loan repayments, a vacation and a new automobile, the roofing issue could put a significant dent in your bank account. Then again, that leak might only require repairs to one area of your roof, which would be a lot more affordable at short notice.

You Need Service at Short Notice

When you are pinched for time, the sudden discovery of a roof leak can put you in a bind. Sure, you wouldn’t want to postpone repairs on a leaky roof, but what if you had already planned to leave town at the end of the week for half a month?

If your only solution to a leaky roof is a new roof, you would probably have to choose between trip cancellation or prolonged neglect of the issue at hand. This is because it usually takes time to negotiate and fund the replacement of a roof. On the other hand, you can have roof repair work done quickly when you contact a roofing specialist. If you’re in a time crunch, you could easily have a roof problem fixed, even at short notice, and get on with your other plans.

The Benefits of Roof Repair

When you opt for roof repairs you get the following benefits:

Roof repairs allow you to maintain an otherwise good roof

Roof repairs are easy to arrange on short notice

Roof repairs allow you to save money

Repairs allow you to keep a classic roof intact

More Benefits Of Repairing Your Roof

Moisture Marks: If you see moisture marks, brown stains or peeling paint along the upper reaches of any wall, those are indicators of leaks in the areas in question.

Chipped Shingles: If portions of your shingles are chipped or appear damaged to the naked eye, you should have them inspected by a roofing specialist.

Interior Leaks: A leak of any kind is the most urgent sign of roof trouble. If water is dripping through your ceiling in any part of your living quarters, call a roofing specialist immediately.

Can you replace only half a roof? If the remaining half is structurally sound, you may be able to. It all depends on the extent of the damage.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I have just realized my roof is leaking. What should I do?

First, you should protect what is inside your building. Move furniture if needed or cover it with plastic sheeting. Then call Sutter Roofing and tell us you have a leaking roof that is allowing water into your building. We will arrange for an inspection team to check it out.

What are the common signs I may need a new roof?

  1. You have several missing or loose shingles.
  2. Your shingles are curling, cracking, dry, or blistering.
  3. The roof is sagging.
  4. There are dark/dirty areas on your roof.
  5. You have granules in your gutters.
  6. You notice several exposed or loose nail heads.
  7. You have water damage inside your home or attic.
  8. There are areas where flashing is missing or damaged.
  9. Your roof is over 20 years of age.
  10. Your heating and cooling bills have gotten noticeably higher.

What Will It Cost to Repair the Roof?

Costs vary greatly depending on the pitch of your roof, the type of shingles you have, what condition the roof is in, and how many layers of shingles you have. The best way to find out the cost is to have a free quote done.

Why should I use a licensed contractor to repair my roof?

A licensed contractor and its employees have been certified by the state to perform their job to specific standards and building codes. An unlicensed contractor has not taken these certification exams and there is no guarantee or protection for you against poor workmanship or outright fraud.

Can I Repair the Roof Myself?

While some small jobs can be tackled by DIY homeowners, major work or a roof replacement is a pretty complex process that requires training and thus should be left to the professionals. Professional roofing contractors goes to through training and certification by the manufacturer of the materials in order to obtain extended manufacturer warranty. The manufacturer won’t offer (or void) the warranty if the roof is repaired by a person he is not trained by the manufacturer.

How do I know if my roof needs repair versus a replacement?

Alex Perez Roofing is very experienced in all aspects of commercial roof repair, restoration, and replacement. Allow us to inspect your roof, then we will make recommendations about whether your roof can be successfully repaired or needs to be replaced.

What Causes a Roof to Wear Out?

Severe weather, direct sun, algae and mildew growth can all be factors in what causes a roof to wear out. Hail stones striking the roof and removing some of the granules are also a problem. Darker colored roofs tend to wear out slightly faster than lighter colored roofs as well.

How Can I Find the Exact Location of a Leak?

Leaks can be tough to spot because water wants to find the path of least resistance and can travel for a while before finally showing up through your ceiling. You can try going into your attic or crawl space with a flashlight the next time it rains and try to trace it, but your most accurate answer will come from having a professional come out to find it and give you a quote.