People choose shingle roofs for many reasons. One of those reasons is the fact that shingle roofs are fairly easy to repair in comparison to roofs made from metal, tile, and other materials. But this does not mean that shingle roofs are always worth repairing. Each time you're facing the need for repairs, you need to consider whether you'd be better off just replacing the roof. Here are some key factors to consider as you make the decision.
How many shingles will you be replacing?
If there are only a few shingles that have gone missing or that have become lifted off the roof surface, that's one thing. If big patches of shingles are missing or damaged, that's quite another situation. Quick repair or replacement of a few shingles will typically take a roofer a couple of hours, at most. As such, these repairs are likely to be quite affordable. However, if the roofer needs to replace a quarter or half of your roof, they'll need to bring a crew and maybe even rent a dumpster. This brings the cost up quickly, and the repairs may cost almost as much as a roof replacement. You need to decide whether it's worth paying a little more to get a whole new roof.
What condition are the other shingles in?
Don't just look at the shingles that are damaged and in need of repair. Also, look at the shingles that you won't be replacing. Are these shingles in good shape, or do they show signs of damage? Common signs of shingle damage include:
- Shiny spots where the shingles have lost granules
- A smooth surface with few granules left
- Cracks and an overall dry appearance
If your other shingles don't show signs of damage, then you can generally go ahead and have the repairs made without having to replace the whole roof.
What is your budget?
Before you make any hard and fast decisions, get a quote for repairs from a roofing company. Also, get a quote or two for roof replacement. Compare the options to your budget, and see what option fits best. Repairs are often more affordable and may be the wise option if you haven't been saving for a roof replacement.
Most roofing companies that work on shingle roofs do offer repair services. So, feel free to call around and get a few quotes. The roofers can also give you feedback as to the condition of the rest of your roof. Reach out to a roofing contractor for more information on shingle roof repair services.