How to know whether to repair, patch, or replace your roof

At some point as a homeowner, it is a safe assumption that you will have to replace, repair, or patch your roof. Say you just had a bad hail storm roll through and your roof took some damage. Knowing whether the damage needs to be repaired, replaced, or patched is essential.

Some signs to watch out for are missing, curled, or cracked shingles, sagging or discolored areas, downspouts, and gutters filled with granules from the shingles, siding issues due to wood rot, mildew, moss and/or algae growing on the roof, wood rot in the attic, visible light in the attic, water stains in the interior of the home.

How to know when to repair or patch: While repairing and patching are slightly different, we will be covering them together. If there is only minor damage to part of your roof, this is mostly like just a repair or patch job. Other cases include things like a displaced shingle due to strong winds, a couple of missing shingles, even leaks can be fixed with just a simple repair jobs. Even if you think your roof might just need a repair or patch job, it is always important to call a professional to take a look.

How to know when to replace: Most roof replacements are not fun or cheap. Although this may not be the route you want to take, ignoring the problem can cause more issues in the future. To know whether you need a replacement look for signs of curling, cracked or missing shingles, indoor leaks, sagging roof, rot, discoloration, moss, or algae, shingle granules in gutter, and visible sunlight from the attic. Also be sure to keep the age of your roof in mind as this can be a factor.

At the end of the day, you will not know what your roof needs until you call a professional to take a look. They are the best resource you have. Get in touch with Sterling Construction today for a roof inspection and to find out what your roof needs.