After a hailstorm or severe rainstorm, an unattended roof can get greatly worse without any form of repair, but it’s not always easy to perform a full repair. A partial roof repair allows Edmonton AB homeowners enough time to contain the roof’s damages before they can call an experienced and fully knowledgeable Edmonton AB roofing contractor to help them with their roof.
However, some homeowners believe the patch-up job is already fine. They believe they can leave the roof in its condition with the logic “if it can last that storm, then it can last other storms with just that roof repair.” Partial roof repair is necessary, but it isn’t the final solution to roof problems. JL Roofing & Siding has a great explanation on its advantages and disadvantages for homeowners.
The Pros and Cons of Having Only Partial Roof Repair
Where’s the damage? Is it localized to one side of the roof? If the area in need of repair is concentrated enough, your roof could be a candidate for a partial repair.
It may not be what you think: It seems like a no-brainer that a partial roof repair would be less expensive than a total repair, but it’s not always that simple. While it is true that a partial repair will generally be a couple thousand dollars less than a total repair up front, the cost per square is often higher for a partial repair, and there could be extra work involved that drives the price up even higher. For example, roofs are not allowed to have more than two layers of asphalt shingles. If the area being partially repaired has two layers of asphalt, they will both have to be ripped up before the new roofing can be installed on the area being repaired.
Then there’s the long-term cost to consider. A major part of the cost in roofing work is labor, so it can add to your overall expenses to bring a crew out twice to set up all of their equipment, scaffolding, and ladders for a partial repair now and the rest later. (Continued)
Now, as a responsible homeowner, you realize your home needs more than a partial roof replacement. Your home has suffered some form of leak. Next, you’ve seen some missing shingles right after the storm. In fact, you’ve noticed you’ve been turning the thermostat up during colder temperatures, which is indicative of roof damage.
However, should you perform a full or partial roof repair instead? The best way is to check the following areas Beyond Exteriors lists in this informative article below.
When to Have Your Roof a Full or Partial Roof Repair
Moisture or Water Damage
When deciding between partial or full roof replacement, consider the amount of moisture or water damage your home has suffered. When inspecting your interior walls and ceilings, look for signs of damage. Are there water marks or peeling paint? How much of the wall is affected? Are there any signs of mold growth? If you see excessive signs of moisture indoors, then the roof itself is likely waterlogged. If the leak is relatively small, it may be possible to repair the damaged section of roof. However, if the moisture problem is major, then a full roof replacement is likely necessary.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Old age, harsh weather conditions, and poor workmanship can all cause shingles to become damaged or go missing. Once shingles have become split, curled, or torn, they do not provide ample protection to the underlying roofing structure. This allows moisture to seep into the house. If the damage is localized, such as a single missing shingle, then a simple roof repair will typically take care of the problem. However, if the damage spreads over more than 30 percent of the roof, new roof installation is the best solution. (Continued)
Most partial roof repair operations are easy to perform if you have the right instruction. However, keep in mind that you require some DIY experience and pin-precision accuracy to perform full or partial roof repairs DIY.
In our experience, a DIY roofer can accomplish tasks of professional roofers but often forget one crucial thing: making sure they’re safe when they perform their partial roof repairs. To guarantee your personal safety during any form of roof repair, LGC Roofing has an excellent checklist for the first-time and veteran DIY roofers.
Roofing Tips: Making Sure You’re Always Safe
- Select proper footwear. Don’t risk slipping off of your shingle or metal roof in that old pair of tennis shoes. Instead, choose a pair of rubber-soled work shoes or boots with good tread. Sturdy shoes or boots with good traction are a must!
- Watch the weather. Do-it-yourself roofing repairs are best made on a warm, clear day when roofing materials are dry and there’s no chance of moisture, wind or icy conditions. Watch the forecast, and avoid climbing onto the roof until morning dew has evaporated. If you’re facing a roofing emergency during wet or windy weather, it’s best to call your New Jersey roofing contractor to complete your repair.
- Observe ladder safety. If the ground below your ladder is uneven, level it with plywood or something similar. You may even want to secure it with stakes. Once it is fully extended and leaning against the roof, fasten the ladder’s top to a rafter using roof anchors or large nails. (Continued)
True enough, DIY roofing helps you save time and money especially on short tasks such as partial roof repair. However, if you make one error, you can lose plenty of weekends undoing and re-doing your roofing tasks. To avoid this problem and save time and money, you can work with DDCL. We are Edmonton AB’s highly-reliable, go-to residential roofing company. Learn more about what we can do for you today.