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.