The Pros and Cons of Roof Patching vs. Reroofing

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By Quick Roofing

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04.15.2023

While your roof is built to last, it won’t last forever. It’s quite natural as your roof gets older that there will be the need for a few repairs. Harsh weather, tree damage, and animals can start to wear your roof down. There may also come a time when you have simply tried to repair your roof too many times. After a while, it might make more sense to stop roof patching and invest in reroofing.

What is Roof Patching and How Does it Compare to Reroofing?

Roof patching is a simple, cost-effective way to deal with minor roof damage. This is your best option when you need to replace a few broken or damaged shingles.

It is done by removing the damaged shingles and then new ones put in. Once the shingles are removed, your roofing contractor can get a better idea if the damage is more extensive.

It is a simple and easy process for a professional. If you only have one layer of shingles, then you can also have a reroofing. This involves installing new shingles over top of the old ones to help protect your roof and improve the overall look.

Patching the roof involves only a small area where there is minimal damage. Reroofing involves covering your entire roof. Both are simple and affordable ways to protect your roof.

Pros of Roof Patching Versus Reroofing

Of the biggest benefits of patching your roof versus reroofing is the cost. A few small repairs will cost significantly less than reroofing your entire roof. You only need to worry about the immediate spot where the shingles have broken.

It won’t take up a lot of time to have your roof patched. There is no disruption to the family or the home when the contractor fixes a few shingles or a small leak. It only takes a matter of an hour or two. 

It’s also beneficial to have your contractor get up there for the patch job to inspect the area. There may be more damage down below or surrounding the spot where the patch is needed.

Cons of Roof Patching Versus Reroofing

If your roof is older, then it may be nearly impossible to find the exact color of the shingle you need. This will mean that there may be a glaringly obvious spot on your roof that is discolored.

While a patch solves the problem now, it doesn’t help you if there is extensive damage underneath the shingles. A patch job only allows your contractor to see the affected area, not the entire roof.

As mentioned, you can only patch the roof so many times before you are wasting your time and money. If your roof is older or has extensive damage, then you may need to reroof it.

Common Materials Used for Roof Repairs and Replacement Even if your roof patch job seems simple enough, it isn’t a DIY project. Not only do you risk getting injured but you can cause far more damage to your roof than what is already there.

It will end up costing you more down the road to have the professionals come in and fix the original repair plus the damage you cause. Your homeowner’s insurance may not cover it if you do damages on your own.

Depending on the type of roof you have will determine how the roof will be patched or replaced. Certain materials hold up better for certain climates and that plays a big role in your roofing materials.

Asphalt Roof

Asphalt is the most popular roofing choice. It is affordable, durable, and readily available. They last a long time and are available in many different colors and styles to accommodate your taste.

Metal Roof

Another roofing material gaining popularity is metal. Don’t think about an old tin roof, these metal roofs are styling, durable, and resistant to weather, moisture, and pests, and are essentially maintenance-free.

Tile Roof

People have been using tiles for their roofs for centuries. The most popular tiles are made from clay, slate, concrete, and fiber cement. These tiles not only look great but they are available in any color, shape, and style you can imagine.

Rubber Roof

A bit newer on the market, but no less popular are rubber shingles or sheeting roofs. They are resistant to moisture, bugs, and rot, plus, they are lightweight and affordable.

The material you choose may come down to budget or need. If a patch job will be enough, then you are all set. If you need something to protect your roof better, then reroofing or roof replacement might be the better option.

Contact us today to find out more or to book an inspection or consultation for your roof before it’s too late.

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