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When to Patch vs. Replace a Roof


Every homeowner knows roofs can be one of the more expensive parts of the house to fix, so often times they want to know if the roof needs to be replaced or if it can just be patched for the same effect. There are a few ways to know if you just need a roof repair or a full roof replacement.

If the leak is where the shingles meet an opening – Patch

It is fairly common for a leak to form where the shingles meet an opening such as a chimney or pipe even if the shingles themselves are in good shape. If there isn’t a lot of granular loss on the shingles chances are they still have a lot of life left in them. When this happens, you can usually get by with a simple roof repair at the location of the leak. If you are in the Ann Arbor area, Roof Advance has a wide selection of shingles so you have a good chance of finding one that matches your current roof for any damaged shingles around the affected area.

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If you roof is damaged– Depends

If your roof has received damage after a storm or a limb has fallen on it, depending on the extent of the damage you could either repair or replace. It is important in these cases to get a professional out to assess the problem and give you the best and most cost-effective solution for your situation. Roof Advance in Ann Arbor offers free estimates and can tell you if you are going to need a roof repair or a complete roof replacement. Our knowledgeable expert will talk you through the pros and cons of each and address any concerns you might have.

If your shingles are old – Replace

Sometimes a patch job won’t cut it or isn’t going to be as cost effective as a whole roof replacement. If your shingles have less than five years’ worth of life left in them or you see a lot of granules in the gutters, it will actually cost you more money in the long run to patch now and then have to replace later, so you might as well get the whole roof done while the crew is there and set up. Even though it can be expensive, it will be worth it for the health of your home. Roof Advance has wonderful financing options to help take some of the sting out of such a large investment.

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