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To Repair or to Replace – That is the Question


You know how important it is for your home in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and Port Orchard to have a roof that can keep the weather outside. As you complete your yearly roof inspection, you will start to notice signs of wear and tear on your roof. So, can you determine whether you should replace, repair, or patch your roof? We’ve got you covered. Check out our recommendations below.


When to Patch or Repair

In some cases, replacing a few lost shingles is fine. This is true if your roof is a few years old, or if you need to replace a few shingles.


If the missing shingles are causing a leak, it’s not as simple. We recommend you call a professional to make sure that the underlayment isn’t damaged beyond repair. If that is the case, you might have a larger repair on your hands.


The important thing to remember here is not to wait! Shingles exist to protect your roof’s decking from moisture and wind. Even a small exposed area can allow water to seep into the underlayment and into the deck, where it can cause rot and eventually leakage.


When to Replace

How do you know if it’s the right time to replace? A good rule of thumb is if you think you have less than five years left on your roof, and you have a significant number of shingles to replace, we recommend you consider a new roof. From our experience, this is the most cost-effective way to protect your home and avoid costly repairs.


Here are a few other scenarios where you would want to consider a new roof:

  1. Water Damage – Once water seeps beneath your roof’s shingles, it will find its way inside your home. So, if you notice leaks in your home, it is likely time to replace your roof rather than attempt a patch or repair.

  2. A Major Storm – Our area isn’t prone to tornadoes or hurricanes, but we can get pretty harsh winds and rains. If you have an aging roof, and we encounter a significant storm, give us a call. We provide complimentary inspections and estimates and can help you make the best choice for your family and your home.

  3. Age – If your roof is new and it’s leaking, it’s likely an issue with the installation. Call the company who replaced your roof and see what they can do for you. But if your roof is 35 years-old and is leaking, it’s at the end of its usable life, and it’s time to replace.

No matter your situation, we are always ready to help you make the right decision for you. Please feel free to give us a call. We offer a complimentary inspection with our estimates and look forward to being your go-to roofing contractor.

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