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How To Know If You Should Repair, Patch, or Replace Your Roof

Your roof protects your home, your family, and your belongings. Over time, property owners expect wear and tear due to exposure to the elements and storms, but knowing when you should consider repairs, patching, or replacement can help you increase the life of your roof.

Review situations in which you might want a new roof with our team at Superior Roofing. You can reach us at (434) 284-3981 to learn more.

Signs to Repair, Patch, or Replace Roof

What should you look for to monitor the well-being of your old roof? Before considering complete roof replacement, make sure that you keep an eye out for:

  •     Shingles that crack or curl
  •     Any sign of missing shingles
  •     Growth of algae or moss
  •     Sunlight shining into your attic
  •     Leaks inside the house
  •     A visible sag to your roof

You may also notice the smell of rot around your roof. Finally, if you find shingle granules in your gutters, it may be time to consider roof patching, repairs, or replacement.

When to Choose Roof Replacement

In many situations, you can address damage to roof shingles without replacing the entire top of your home. A roofing inspection allows roofing contractors to assess the amount of damage to your entire roof.

In situations where you are missing a few shingles or only a section of the roof sustained damage, it doesn’t make sense to replace all your existing shingles. Instead, contractors may add new shingles and roof sheathing.

A typical roof lasts for many years before it requires a roofing replacement, even if it sustains some damage from storms, winds, or fallen tree branches.

Roofing Material for Repairs

You have different options for repair or replacement depending upon the kind of material used to construct your roof.

Asphalt Shingles

Many people find an asphalt roof traditional. However, as far as roofing materials go, shingles may sustain damage more easily. A windstorm may blow pieces off a roof with shingles, tearing off roofing nails and exposing roof vents.

It’s also easy to add a few shingles if a single roofing square sustained damage in a storm. In some cases, professionals use roof cement to hold replacement shingles in place.


A metal roof can often take more damage than shingles. Metal roofing handles the elements well and may require minimal amounts of maintenance over the years. You generally don’t have to patch a roof made of metal, though you may eventually need to replace your roof as it wears out.

Much like a roof with shingles, metal roofs have roof flashing, a roof deck, and an ice and water shield that protects your home.

Hire a Roofing Contractor for Repairs or Replacement

If a storm damages your shingles, it may be time to consider a new roof. You can reach out to Superior Roofing if you want a new shingle roof or a copper roof. We can set up an appointment for repairs or replacement when you contact us at (434) 284-3981.