Insight And Options For Keeping Your Home Roof In Great Condition

Posted on: 30 April 2020

The key to keeping your roof in good condition and protecting your home interior is to keep it maintained with regular inspections and required repair work. When you encounter any signs on your roof that there is damage, you should get to the root of the damage and make sure it is properly sealed and corrected for a water-tight roof. Here are some options for you to consider on your next roof repair and replacement project.

Patch Your Roof

Your roof may not show signs of age evenly over its surface. If your roof is made up of two or more slopes that have varying degrees of sun and weather exposure, they are going to age at different rates. And if you have gables, valleys, and a chimney coming through your roof, these factors can affect your roof's condition and its aging rate.

For example, if your roof's slopes face north and south, the south side is going to get more sun exposure and, therefore, begin to show signs of age much sooner than the northern side of the roof. In fact, the northern side of the roof will remain in great condition even after the south side has begun to curl and lift, revealing roof damage. 

For this reason, you may contact your local roofer to find out about replacing only one side of your roof. Keep in mind you should have both sides of the roof inspected before you make this decision because there may be damage on the north side even though it still looks great. But replacing the roof on one side only can help you stretch your budget and put off a full re-roofing project for several more years.

Manage the Old Shingle Layer

Anytime you look at the costs associated with a roof shingle replacement, labor can be a big factor in its total expense, which includes tearing off your old shingles. However, there is the option for you to leave your old roof in place and have the new shingles installed over the old. This can save you the costs of removing the old layer, but it can have some problems that come from it you should be aware of.

For example, if you don't remove the old layer of shingles, you run the risk of not finding damage below the old shingles within the roofing deck. And you also run the risk of putting too much weight on your roof and home's structure, which can lead to damage later on. Then, if there are any irregular patterns in your old layer of shingles, such as bumps and lumps, they will still become apparent when the new layer of shingles is installed, and you won't get a new visibly smooth layer.

For more information, contact a roofing company