When your roof gets damaged, there may not be a need to replace the whole thing. This is especially true with an asphalt shingle roof, which can easily be replaced in sections rather than replacing the entire roof, which can cost thousands of dollars. Repairs, on the other hand, can cost just a few hundred dollars.
A professional team of roofers can do repairs in a matter of hours, so you won’t experience much inconvenience during a minor to moderate repair.
Your asphalt shingle roof should last up to 20 years if you chose standard-grade shingles, but there is a wide range of products on the market today, some that range up to 50 years, meaning that you may only have to replace the whole roof once in a lifetime. Simple repairs may be enough to keep your roof looking great and protecting your home over several decades.
A good roofing contractor can tell you whether or not you need to replace your roof after damaging storms or if repairs will be sufficient. The only thing you have to consider when the roofer repairs your roof instead of replacing the whole thing is there is a higher risk for leaks. That’s why it is very important to choose a roofer who does excellent work!
The first thing your roofer will do when they come out is to determine if a repair will be sufficient to keep your roof from developing further damage and leaks. Repairing a roof needs to leave a seamless connection. Otherwise, you will be replacing much more than the roof in a year or less.
To repair your roof, the team will need several things. The following tools are all that’s necessary for a simple repair, such as wind damage: hammer, pry bar, roofing nails, roofing adhesive, and replacement shingles.
The first step is to lift the damaged shingles off the roof. Your roofer may use the pry bar to lift the shingles, or they may be able to do it with their hands. This also requires your roofer to remove the nails from the damaged shingles.
Next, they will use a pry bar to lift the tab of the damaged shingles. This must be done gently so that none of the surrounding roof is damaged. The third step is to cut new shingles that will fit into the old shingles’ position. If the damaged area was large enough, the roofers may not need to cut any shingles.
Then, they will slide the new shingles up under the previous layer very carefully as to not break them. These shingles will then be fastened the shingles into place with roofing nails. A good roofer can attach the new shingles seamlessly.
Finally, the head of each nail will be coated with adhesive, and the shingles will be pressed and held into place until they are adequately attached. The glue dries almost immediately. Whether you are having repairs or a whole roof replacement done, your roofer will still probably wait until there is no chance of rain before doing any work.