Sometimes a roof repair or patch will do the trick! And extend the life of the roof.
Sometimes it needs to be taken a step further and a complete roof replacement is inevitable.
How do you know which way to go?
Three things determine if you should repair, patch, or replace your roof.
- Condition of the existing roof
Condition of the existing roof – If there is no major damage or wear, or improper installation to correct, a repair may surpass all your expectations. Here at Weather Vane Roofing, we take a Repair First approach. If we can repair your roof, we offer that as a lower cost option rather than a more expensive full replacement. A leak doesn’t always mean a whole new roof!
Longevity – What’s the long-term outlook? You will want to consider the projected length of time you will be staying in the home. Will you be there for several years? Or will you be moving in a year or two? If you’re not in it for the long haul, perhaps a repair to maximize the life of the roof is the way to go.
Financials – A whole roof replacement may not be affordable, but a $500 repair will stop the bleeding and extend the life of the roof. A roof repair will get you through until you have the money to replace the roof.
Example of when only a repair is needed.
- Where there is a Vent stack sticking out from the roof, typically from the kitchen or bathroom, there is flashing. It’s very common that flashing needs to be repaired. This is easy to fix.
Examples of when a roof will have to be replaced
- Excessive granular loss – Once the granules are gone, the roof needs to be replaced.
A shingle is made of a fiberglass mat covered with asphalt and granules on top (the color). Once the granules wear off, the sun gets to the fiberglass mat and causes accelerated decay of the shingle.
- Improper installation – Not being properly installed causes premature failure with leaking, wind damage, and shingles blowing off.
- Act of God – Irreparable damage can be caused by a tornado, hailstorm, or high winds. This is covered by an insurance policy.
- Cosmetic/ Aesthetics – Replacing the roof for curb appeal on houses with north-facing slopes is common. In 40 percent of roofs, algae growth causes streaking and a dirty appearance. This happens because roofs facing north do not get a good dry-out from the sun. Not only do they look bad, but shingles decay faster.
Examples of when things weren’t done properly to begin with, can be viewed in this video:
Whether you need a repair, or patch, or are looking to replace your roof in 2023, give us a call, get a free quote and get on our schedule. Weather Vane Roofing is here for you whenever and wherever you need us!
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About Weather Vane Roofing
We provide roofing, siding, insulation, windows, and gutters. Making your house beautiful and efficient is our main goal. We use the latest in technology and products to provide eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions for your home and business. With locations in Lansing, Owosso, and Brighton/Howell we are Mid-Michigan’s roofing experts. Let us transform your house into a home.