Repair or Replace? How to Evaluate Roof Damage

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to evaluate your roof. You don’t want to wait until fall rainstorms or winter ice to find out you have a problem. If you have leaks, you may be wondering if you can simply patch them or if you should completely replace your existing roof. The decisions you make affect both near and long-term roof maintenance costs. Here’s how to evaluate your options before Medford, Oregon, sees the worst of the season.

Missing Shingles

Sometimes wind, storms, and tree limbs tear or damage shingles. If your roof is fairly new, you might not need to replace the whole thing. Roofers can replace missing or damaged shingles to make your roof almost as good as new. One problem homeowners face is matching existing roofing materials. It helps if you saved some of the shingles left over when your new roof was installed.

 If a large portion of your roof is missing shingles, it may be more cost-effective to replace the whole thing. Partial roof replacement usually costs more per square foot than doing the whole job at once.

Moisture Damage

Sometimes roof leaks go unnoticed and water seeps into the underside of your roof system. Insulation soaks up moisture and holds it against decking. Wet insulation is not energy-efficient and will cost you more in heating and cooling. Water can damage your roof deck and lead to failure when your roof is exposed to high winds or heavy snow. If you have moisture damage, temporary repairs will not be enough to protect your home.

Aging Roof

Asphalt shingles normally last between 15 and 20 years. If your roof is approaching that age, you will most likely have to replace it within the next few years. It makes more sense to go ahead and do it instead of spending money on repairs.

Hadley Roofing gives free, no-obligation estimates. If you are concerned about your roof, let us inspect it for you. If repairs make the most sense, we’re your roofing experts. If you need a complete replacement, we have over 40 years of experience. Contact our experts for a free quote today.



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