When your roof sees damage, it needs to be repaired so that moisture and other sediments from getting into your home. Roofing goes through all types of weather, keeps your home dry, and is free of bugs and rodents so it is important to repair it after storms and perform regular maintenance. But should you patch or reroof? Which option is the best for your roof? Here are some items to consider when repairing your roof.
The Extent Of The Damage
Before you make any decisions about fixing your roof, you need to assess the damages. If the damage is confined to a small area or has not seen severe damage, patching the small areas will be sufficient.
For large holes, severe damage, major loss of shingles, or other serious damage, reroofing may be the more financially sound choice.
Location Of Damage
Certain areas of your roof are hidden from view and may not need to be repaired. If you are only repairing for cosmetic purposes, patching can be sufficient, or may not need replacement at all. Reroofing should be done when a large area is affected or you are looking to sell your home in the near future, a reroof can enhance the resale value and help your home pass all the proper inspections.
How Old Is Your Roof
The lifetime of roofing materials can vary, but if the life of your roof is nearing its end, a full roof replacement might be a better investment. If your roof is newer, there is no need to replace the rest of the material if a patching job will keep your roof intact for another 30 years.
If you are not under any time restrictions then either option can work for your home. Patching areas will obviously take less time to complete than a reroof. If you need the roof to be repaired during the winter, or before it is time to sell, patchwork with a professional company will be more time efficient.
Reroofing a large roof can take anywhere from one to five days. If you are under no time constraints, you can schedule the reroofing at your earliest convenience. Oftentimes, a reroofing project should not be pushed off so as not to compromise the safety of your home.
Know Your Budget
Considering the price before beginning any home improvement project is important to keep in mind. Pricing can vary from company to company, but overall, patching will be slightly less. If you have the funds to complete a full reroof, it is the best investment you could make on a current home. Compare prices and professional roofing companies to find the best price for your situation.
Pros And Cons Of Patching
Each project will have pros and cons, so just because it is quicker and cheaper, patching may not always be the best choice for your roof.
- Patching can actually save you money with small damages
- Prevent moisture damage that could come from leaking
- Completed in a short amount of time
- Limits immediate threats
- Done like routine maintenance
- Simply hides or masks damage that could come back
- If not done properly, a patching job could cause future problems
- If severe damage is done, patching is just a waste of time and resources
Pros And Cons Of Reroofing
- Breathes new life into your home
- Plugs up past existing holes and stop leakage from occurring
- Reroofing does not require getting rid of your entire roof, which saves money and is more convenient than a replacement.
- If you have two rows of shingles, it is often illegal to add a third in many states
- Might not be as durable as a roof replacement
- Not lifting the existing shingles could result in the sagging or rotting of old shingles
- Can make your roof appear uneven if only done in certain spots
Working With Kanga Roof
Choosing between a patching job and a reroofing job is not the only choice you will need to make, you will also want to research roofing companies. Kanga Roof wants to help make your roof aesthetically pleasing and keep moisture out of your home. If your roof has seen damage from a natural disaster, or just natural wear and tear, we can help repair all sorts of materials or complete a full roof replacement. Keeping your home safe should be a top priority, so we treat your home like our own and perform quality work.
Contact Kanga Roof to have a roof inspection or schedule an appointment today.