Can you repair your own roof?

When should you repair a roof?

You about getting roof repair due to hail or wind damage recently, but what other those times? Do you know when to repair roof if there hasn’t been a natural disaster creating the need? Yes, we’re talking about when your current roof is starting to show it age in a few places, but the budget isn’t ready for a new roof. With or without insurance claim, a roof repair for leaks is still important to maintain a healthy roof and home. 

There are a few aspects and facts to consider before determining if roof repair is sufficient or if a new roof is a must.  Answering these questions will help you make the right decision: 

How old is the current roof?

For roof repair with asphalt shingled roof, the age of the roof is important. For a roof with the basic 3-tab shingles, their life expectancy is maximum at 20 years. A high quality 3-tab will have a maximum 40 year life expectancy. Indication the shingles are at their end of life are: 

  • Blistering, buckling, and curling
  • Bald shingles, gutters filled with granules
  • Missing shingles
  • Sagging roof
  • Roof covered in Moss

Many roofing companies will provide a free roof repair estimate with an inspection, and those that do charge will deduct the cost of that service from your bill if you go with them for the roof repair or replacement. So, get three or more quotes and compare them carefully. There are roofing companies that will tell you roof replacement is the only way to go when a roof repair would suffice. 

Is this your forever home? 

If you’re planning to sell and move within a few years, then roof repair will be fine. If this is going to be your home for many years, you’re going to raise your children here, then a roof replacement is the better option. Especially if it is 15 years old or older and you’ve already had a few roof repairs already, a new roof is probably overdue. 

If the roofing inspection shows your roof is in good condition, then ask about a maintenance plan. This should include annual or bi-annual inspections, and gutter cleaning. Roof maintenance is key to a long healthy roof no matter the quality of shingles. 

If you do think you’ll be selling the home within the next 10 years, a new roof could make it easier to sell. Why? Well, first thing is the curb appeal a new roof adds and second, any home buyer is happy to know they won’t have to be replacing that roof any time soon. The big reason a new roof is good if planning to sell is you have a better chance of getting your asking price.

What can your budget handle? 

A new roof isn’t cheap, and it is understandable if your budget can’t handle that expense right now. If the roof inspector tells you a roof replacement is needed and you can’t afford it, ask them what roof repairs can they do that will keep your home safe for a little longer. 

Is it better to repair or replace a roof?

If your roof has issues, roof repair is the cost-effective way to handle them. A roof repair will extend your roof’s lifespan another 3 to 5 years, giving you time to save up money for a roof replacement.  The following issues are roof repair worthy: 

  • Leaks around the chimney, pipes, vents 
  • A few missing shingles
  • Nail mistakes, popped out
  • Fascia needs repair or replacement 
  • Holes or punctures in the shingles 
  • Blistering or cracking shingles 
  • Slight tree damage
  • Slight weather damage
  • Slight loss of granules 
  • Shingles splitting 
  • Shingles shrinking
  • Lack of maintenance 
  • Inadequate ventilation

What benefits will a roof repair give you?

  • Roof repairs are cheaper: A roof repair will be a lot less money as long as the basics of the roof structure are still good. 
  • Roof repair will extend your roof’s lifespan: If the roofing contractor tells you that a few roof repair issues will give extend your roof reliability, then save the difference and go with roof repair. 

What are the disadvantages of having roof repairs done? 

  • Shingle color matching: No matter what quality of shingles you have your roof, over time, they all will lighten after years of UV ray exposure. So, roof repair that includes replacing one or two shingles won’t be an exact match. 
  • Poor workmanship: If the roof repair is done haphazardly, then a roof repair could cause more problems than it solves. 

How long does a 30 year roof really last?

Yes, that “30 year shingle” is a confusing claim by roofing manufacturers. Perhaps if you have your roofed house sheltered, those shingles will last 30 years. However, that isn’t the purpose of roofing your house, is it?  

A 30-year shingle that has been maintained, cleaning and gutter cleaning, will last up to 25 years.  The weather and UV rays will impact that lifespan. A roof that isn’t maintained and kept up will last up to 15 years. 

So what is that 30 year guarantee all about? That is how long the manufacturer warranties the shingles. If your roof has shingle problem by year 10, year 18, year 26,they’ll replace it for free, if you have taken care of the roof.

Can you put new roofing shingles over old ones?

Yes and no.  Yes, you can have new roof shingles installed over the old ones, if the following stipulations are met: 

  • New shingles are the same type as the old shingles
  • There isn’t an older layer under the top shingles
  • The structure can handle the weight of two roofs
  • The roof structure is sound
new shingles

How long does a reroof last?

If you’re placing new shingles over old shingles, you can expect 15 years maximum. While it is acceptable, reroof over existing does take away an element of longevity that a completely new roof would allow.

As you start getting quotes on a roof repair or new roof, make sure each contractor will pull the permit to with the local governing office as required. If they want a roof repair without a permit, there probably is a reason and you don’t want that contractor handling one of the biggest expenses for a homeowner. Call (940) 441-4544 today.