Roof Repair or Replacement? 7 Warning Signs You Need to Know
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Roof Repair or Replacement? 7 Warning Signs You Need to Know

If you’re dealing with roof damage, it can be difficult to determine whether that damage is severe enough to warrant a roof replacement. In many cases, faster and less expensive roof repairs may remedy the problem successfully, but how can you tell which option is appropriate for your situation?

At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we pride ourselves on our commitment to quality service and project transparency. Unlike many roofing companies, we’ll never ask you to commit to a service you don’t truly need. To help answer your questions about roof damage, we’ve broken down the details on how you can tell whether you need roof repair or replacement.

Wind Damage

A wind-damaged roof doesn’t always require replacement – the severity of the wind damage determines the best course of action. Here’s what you’ll need to consider:

  • How damaged are the shingles? It can be difficult to detect exposed portions of your roof after heavy winds wreak havoc on your shingles. This is especially true if heavy winds lifted your shingles but failed to completely remove them from the roof.
  • Unfortunately, when wind lifts your shingles, it can also lift the roof sealant and the nail holding the shingle to the structure. If this is the case, and water has permeated the roof, roof replacement may be necessary.
  • How old is your roof? If your roof is relatively new and the wind damage is not severe, you can typically opt for less extensive roof repairs over a full replacement. Consider your roof warranty when evaluating your options. If the warranty is approaching its termination period, roof replacement could be your best long-term solution.
  • How large is the damaged area? If your roof is damaged in just a few small areas, you can usually get away with simple repairs. However, if the damaged areas comprise a significant portion of your roof, roof replacement may be a more cost-effective, lasting solution.

Missing Shingle Granules

Have you noticed an ever-growing collection of granules in your gutters? If so, that’s a sure sign your shingles are slowly deteriorating. Depending on the extent of the wear and the condition of the sealant and the structure beneath the shingles, you may be able to opt for roof repair.

Keep in mind that shingle deterioration is a natural byproduct of environmental impacts on your roof. For an in-depth evaluation of your roof’s health, contact a roofing contractor who can inspect the structure thoroughly. In most cases, the recommendation toward repair or replacement will depend on the age of the existing structure.

Curling Shingles

In many cases, curling shingles are an indication of a larger issue with your roof, namely underlying leakage. That said, shingles can also experience curling for a variety of reasons unrelated to leakage, including:

  • Improper installation. Improper nail placement or an inadequate number of nails in each shingle can cause shingles to curl more easily when they are exposed to high winds.
  • Layered roofs. Layered roofs may save a homeowner money upfront, but they’re not nearly as secure or protective as a single-layer roof. When homeowners opt for a new roof layered on top of an old, deteriorated roof, the shingles will curl far more easily when exposed to environmental impacts.
  • Inadequate attic ventilation. If your attic is poorly ventilated, it cannot efficiently circulate warm, moist air away from your roof. When this occurs, much of the moisture rising into the attic from inside your home becomes trapped in the roof decking, which encourages mold proliferation and shingle curling.

Though curling shingles do not always indicate the need for roof replacement, if you notice curling, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected by a licensed roofing contractor. The sooner you have the problem examined, the lower your chances of incurring water damage in your attic or living areas.

Damaged or Missing Flashings

Roof flashings prevent roof leaks by providing a seal between roof protrusions and the remainder of the roof. They exist in a variety of locations, including along chimneys, skylights, and along walls that intersect with the roof.

When a flashing incurs significant damage or is loosened due to environmental impacts or normal wear and tear, it can allow water to penetrate the roof. For recommendations on your best course of action, contact a licensed roof contractor for an inspection. If there is no water damage, flashing replacement is often possible without a full roof replacement.

Heavy Roof Cement or Tar Patchwork

Properly installed flashings require considerable time and attention to detail, which is why, in some cases, sloppy roofers opt for the quick-fix version of flashing installation. What does that entail? If you can clearly observe slathered-on cement or tar patchwork around your flashings, that’s a solid indication they were improperly installed.

Because flashings are designed to protect your roof from leakage, it’s imperative that they are positioned and secured according to industry-standard installation guidelines. When sloppy roofers glop on cement or tar, it may seal out moisture for a short period, but then it rapidly hardens, cracks, and leaks.

If you’ve noticed considerable cement or tar around your roof flashings, roof repair can typically remedy the problem. Keep in mind though, that the earlier you contact a licensed, reputable roofing contractor, the lower your chances of suffering water leaks and home damage.

Roof Rot

Even if the rotting area is small, roof rot is a surefire sign that you’re dealing with a roof leak. In some cases, roof repair may be possible, but it may not be the most cost-effective or safest option.

If your roof deck is sagging due to rot, it’s imperative that you contact a roofing company for an immediate inspection. Allowing the problem to persist not only leaves your home highly susceptible to severe water damage, but it also puts you and your loved ones’ safety at risk.

Interior Water Leakage or Staining

If you can clearly see water stains, dark marks, or moisture in your attic, on your ceiling, or on your interior walls, contact a roofing contractor at your earliest convenience. Water staining or moisture development inside your home is a clear sign that your roof has one or more significant leaks, which can quickly lead to structural home damage.

In most cases, roof repair is not a suitable option for homeowners who have leaky roofs. Roof replacement is typically the most protective, cost-effective option.

Looking for Dependable Twin Cities Roofing Contractors? Contact Eastern Roofing & Siding

At Eastern Roofing & Siding, we’ve been serving homeowners throughout Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Inver Grove Heights, and the surrounding Twin Cities metro for nearly three decades. We pride ourselves on our commitment to industry-leading workmanship and superior customer service, so when you need licensed, bonded, and insured roofing contractors you can trust, we’re the team to call.

To learn more about our services or to schedule your free inspection and estimate, give our team a call at 651-238-1313. You can also reach us by leaving a message on our contact page, and we’ll be in touch with you shortly!

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