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When to Repair, Patch, or Replace Your Roof

April 25, 2022

The roof is an integral part of any home which protects the structure, occupants, and contents from the elements. During the rainy spring season, Indiana homeowners often take notice of the roofs overhead, as leaks and other issues tend to make themselves known this time of year. Correcting roofing problems can involve making repairs, patching the roof, or replacing it– but how does a homeowner determine which route to take? Hays + Sons explains what to expect from a home’s roof and how to decide the best method for solving roof troubles.

How Long Should a Roof Last?

How long a home’s roof will last largely depends on the type of roofing material. Some types of roofing materials require more maintenance than others, and the quality of maintenance through the years will also affect how long the roof will survive. Environmental factors also impact the lifespan of a roof.

On the low end, a roof can be expected to last around 15 to20 years; for certain premium materials, the roof could last 70 years to as much as 200 years! The average life of various roofing materials is as follows:

  • 3-Tab Asphalt Shingles: 15 to 20 years
  • Architectural/Dimensional Asphalt Shingles:20 to 30 years
  •  Premium/Luxury Asphalt Shingles: 25 to 40years
  • Wood Shake Shingles: 30 years
  • Standing Seam Metal: 50 years
  • Ribbed Metal Panels: 25 to 50 years
  • Stone-Coated Steel Tiles: 30 to 50 years
  • Concrete Tiles: 50 years
  • Clay Tiles: 50 to 100 years
  • Slate Tiles: 75 to 200 years

Types of Roofing Remedies: Repairs, Patching, and Replacement

Roofs are in constant contact with a wide range of elemental and environmental factors, which can lead to a variety of different roofing issues over the years, such as missing shingles, leaks, and water damage. Whenever homeowners discover troubles with a home’s roof, there are three ways these problems can be corrected.

  • Repair can refer to a number of different solutions implemented to fix minor issues affecting the home’s existing roof.
  • Patching a roof involves replacing a small number of shingles or fixing a small section of the existing roof to correct isolated issues.
  • Replacement involves installing a new roof on the home to correct major or widespread roofing issues.

When to Repair, Patch, or Replace a Roof

Determining the correct fix for roofing issues comes down to the extent of the problem and the age of the roof. In general, minor damage and isolated problems can be corrected through repairs or patching the roof. If the roof has sustained extensive damage, replacement is typically recommended. Of course, there are several other points to consider when deciding the right course of action for any situation.

Age of the Roof

No matter the roof issue at hand, it’s important to consider the age of the existing roof when making decisions regarding how to correct current roofing problems. As roofs age, making repairs and patching sections become less efficient solutions and the cost of this work adds up, especially when repeated work is needed.

If the home’s current roof’s age is nearing, at, or beyond the expected service life range or warranty for the material, replacement should be considered. Present problems aside, roof replacement would soon be necessary anyway. Installing a new roof will solve current issues and provide reliable protection for the home over the next many years.

Affected Area

If roof problems or damage is confined to a small area, such as a leak in one room of the home or a section of shingles that have been damaged by a fallen tree branch, repairs or patching is typically an option. When issues are noticed in several areas or there is damage impacting the roof decking, the problem is more widespread and repairs or patching typically aren’t the best solutions. Generally, if over 30 percent of the roof is impacted, roof replacement is the preferred fix.

Restore Water Damage Due to Roof Leaks

If your home has suffered water damage due to roof leaks,Hays + Sons offers professional water damage restoration services that return your home’s interiors to their former condition. Contact us today to request a consultation.