How Long Will a Roof Patch Last?

Roof Patch

Not all things are meant to last, especially when it comes to roofs. They bear the damages of missing shingles once an unexpected storm hits. This can be worrisome as leaks can lead to extensive damage. As a homeowner, you may feel the need to get the job done and patch it yourself. But how long will a roof patch truly last? We talk about it here. 

Temporary Fix

Gathering the materials for a roof patch does not cost much, and is, therefore, a quick and easy temporary fix. These materials usually consist of fabric, tar paper, a pair of scissors, a brush and rough patch cement. Depending on how big the damage is, small holes can definitely work as a temporary roof repair. Any roofer will always stress that a roof patch will only last you about six months, so keep that in mind when trying to do it yourself. If left unattended, the hole on your roof could potentially cost you more than the actual roof itself. By calling a professional roofer, they can replace the shingles entirely. 

Varies Among Situational Circumstances 

Although six months seems ideal for a roof patch, it will ultimately vary among situational circumstances. For instance, there might be more heavy rain where you live, which could cause the fabric to weaken over time. If you have underlying roof damage, this could also affect the longevity of your roof patch. Another situational circumstance would be if your roof has reached its life span expectancy. In that case, a roof patch might not be ideal. It is not to say that a roof patch is not the answer, but rather is not guaranteed to work in the long run. A roofer can better inspect the entire roof and tell you if it requires any roof repairs or if it is worth getting a roof replacement instead.

Cost Will Play a Role 

The point of a do-it-yourself project is to essentially save you money. The cost will play a role when determining how long the roof patch will last. The different types of roofing materials vary in prices and so will the material needed for roofing repairs. While a roof patch is only a temporary fix, a roof repair costs more upfront but is guaranteed to last longer. Settling for roof patches might lead you to file more roof insurance claims down the road. For the ultimate curb appeal, the cost of making roof repairs is worth it. 

Hit a rough patch? Our roof specialists can help make roof repairs or replacements that last. At Azalea City Roofing, we offer residential and commercial roofing services in the surrounding Mobile and Baldwin County. Contact us today for a free estimate by calling (251) 250-0212 or by visiting our website and filling the request form. We have financial options available!

Can my Shingles Be Repaired?

Shingles Repaired

If you have minor damage to your roof, you might be wondering if you can repair the individual shingles, or if they need replacing. The answer isn’t as cut and dry as you might hope. There are a number of factors that go into deciding if your roof can be repaired, or if replacements need to be made. 

Replacing Single Shingles 

If you have a few shingles that have blown off in the wind, are cracked, chipped or faded, those can typically just be replaced with new ones. Just keep in mind that it may be hard to match the new shingles to the old ones. 

When you go to replace the shingles, it might be tempting to just put the new ones over the old ones. This can be done sometimes, but ultimately the damage is still there. It’s best to have the old shingles removed and the new ones installed. Just don’t wait too long before replacing your shingles, as missing shingles leave room for more roof damage.

Damage to Look Out For When Checking Shingles

There are some other signs you should be on the lookout for when checking your shingles. These signs would indicate a larger problem that needs repair

  • Shingles that are curling on the edges or starting to buckle
  • Granules (the small pebble-like pieces that coat the outside of the shingle) on the ground or in the gutter
  • Water leakage or rot in your ceiling
  • Sagging roof

Additionally, there are other factors to consider that may be a sign it’s time to replace your roof. This includes: 

  • Signs of moisture or water damage
  • Damage from a natural disaster
  • The age of your roof
  • The materials your roof is made of

Before you have any repairs or replacements done, be sure to contact a professional to inspect your roof. This will help to determine if there are any issues under the shingles, and how deep the damage is. Failing to do so could lead to costly repairs in the long run. If you do need shingles replaced, or end up needing your entire roof repaired or replaced, be sure to hire knowledgeable roofing professionals to get the job done right.

If your home needs a roof inspection, repair or roof replacement, be sure to call Azalea City Roofing today! Our team of professionally trained roofers is ready to help you with your roof needs.