Replacing a roof is a costly and time-consuming business. You may only see a few tiles missing, or a couple of cracked cedar shakes, but how do you know when it’s okay to repair a few roof shingles or replace the whole shebang? At City2Surf Roofing, we want our customers to be informed about roof repairs and replacements so they can make the best choice for their property and their budget. We pride ourselves on giving our clients the foremost in care, attention to detail, and roofing repairs and replacements. Below, we’ll discuss if it’s possible to repair damaged shingles, or when to know if it’s time to replace the entire roof.
Replacing Existing Shingles
It is possible to replace a cracked, dented, or missing shingle, regardless of the material you’re working with. If you have cracked cedar shakes, asphalt shingles, terracotta or concrete tiles, you can replace them. But what’s the biggest downside? It’s hard or sometimes impossible to match the existing roof.
At City2Surf Roofing, we’ll do our best to match your replacement shingles to your existing roof. In some cases, the offending shingles are in a spot that’s not visible, and if there is a mismatch, it’s a moot point. But sometimes, the replacement shingles will be highly visible and obvious. If you’re all right with mismatched shingles, then it’s not a problem. Structurally, your roof is in good shape, and the replacement shingles will do their job. But if you’re unhappy with mismatched tiles or shingles, then replacing the roof is the only option.
Also, with materials like asphalt shingle, partially re-roofing and replacement has other downsides. If you’re replacing shingles on a roof that already has two or more asphalt shingle layers, you’ll have to remove all of the layers before a partial re-roofing job can begin. In addition to increased labor and disposal costs, you may also end up with a lopsided roof.
Should I consider investing a new roof regardless?
While it’s true that you can replace missing or damaged shingles on an individual basis, it might be wise to consider a replacement roof. Since the crew is already on-site with materials and scaffolding, replacing the whole roof might be beneficial for you. What factors should you consider?
- Consider the age of your roof. If your roof is near the end of its natural lifespan, you might want to replace the entire thing.
- You’re going to be selling soon. If you have a roof that is mismatched, it won’t inspire confidence in potential buyers. If you’re serious about selling soon, a matching, new roof may be in order.
- Consider the material. If you have a heavy tile or slate roof near the end of its lifespan, you may want to consider replacing your roof with lighter, colorbond metal roofing.
- You already have layers of replacement shingles. If you already have several layers of replacement shingles, it’s time to consider getting a new, uniform roof.
- If your roof is already experiencing leaks, then it’s time to go all new.
Repairing missing shingles or replacing a whole roof is a personal decision and will depend on your needs and the overall age and condition of your roof. While its possible to repair individual shingles, it might not be the best choice for your property. If you’re unsure, our experienced roof repairs and installation specialists can help you. When you call us, we’ll go and inspect your roof at no cost to you. We’ll be able to tell you if its a good idea to repair your shingles, or replace your roof. We also work with a variety of materials and can accommodate all of your roofing needs. At City2Surf Roofing Sydney, we know how vital a roof is to your home’s structural integrity and curb appeal. Don’t hesitate to call us for your free, no-obligation quote today.