Have you ever wondered if you should patch your roof? Sometimes small maintenance is a better and least expensive option for your home’s appearance and health. It’s important to know the time when you should and shouldn’t patch a roof.
Is Your Roof Leaking?
Depending on how bad your roof is leaking, patching could easily do the job of fixing the leak. Patching is usually best if a majority of your shingles are in good condition. It’s very common for roof leaks to occur where shingles meet at an opening; this is where patching is a suitable maintenance option.
Is Your Roof Sagging?
A sagging roof is a sign of a serious problem and that you should get your roof replaced or at least looked at by a professional. Patching is best if the damaged part of your roof is closed off to a small part; if your roof sags, repairs will likely include bolstering framing, replacing roofing materials, removing old sheathing, and installing larger rafters.
Is the Damage Area Small, But Your Shingles are Old?
Regardless if the damage area is small, if your shingles are obviously old you should focus on replacing all of them instead of patching just the damaged area. You should have the paperwork to determine if your shingles have less than 5 years of life left in them. Another way to determine their health is to see if there are a lot of granules in the gutters; if so it will save you money in the long run to replace your shingles as opposed to patching. If you decide to patch the damaged area to save money, keep your patching equipment out: you’ll likely have to patch more damaged areas for the next couple years.
For more information on how to spot and repair roof damage, check out our related blog posts:
- How to Spot Damaged Roof Flashing
- 4 Signs that Your Roof is Deteriorating
- Things to Consider When Replacing a Roof