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Morris County Roofers: Article About Patching A Roof

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Morris County roofers realize that at times patching a roof is a much better option than replacing it. Sometimes, all that is needed is a quick fix after a minor leak. Other situations are indicative of a complete roofing failure and will require a roof to be torn off and replaced. Understanding the difference between these two situations can save a homeowner a lot of money in the short and long term. There are some telltale signs that indicate to a homeowner that patching a roof may be more effective than completely replacing it.

Homeowners should realize that their roof is constantly aging. Severe weather conditions can take a serious toll on the integrity of a roof. If a roof has been hit by a severe storm, it could be on the verge of collapsing at any time.

Additionally, all roofs have a life expectancy. The life expectancy of a roof will vary depending on the roofing materials used. For example, a roof with asphalt shingles, cedar shakes or clay tiles can be expected to last up to 25 years. Copper and slate roofs may last for hundreds of years. If a homeowner realizes that their roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy or that their roof has endured harsh conditions from severe weather throughout the year, they should know that replacing the entire thing might be the best and safest option for them.

The roofing experts from Peter W Smith Construction of Morris County NJ would be happy to answer any questions you have about siding repair or roof repair.

On the other hand, something simple like a roof leak may just need a little patching. Unless large scale water damage has taken place and the rafters, truss or joist of a roof have rotted out and are at the point of failing, homeowners should not need to replace their entire roof just because a small section of it has a leak. Most leaks take place because of damage to the flashings or to the shingles. Both of these things can be easily repaired and replaced.

Homeowners who live in very hot climates should constantly look at the condition of their home's shingles. If they are cracked, blistered, curled, dried out or missing, this could be an indication that a systematic failure is underway. When the shingles begin to deteriorate, often the underlayment and decking of the roof becomes saturated with water and begins to lose its integrity. Once the underside of a roof is damaged, it needs to be completely removed and replaced. A damaged decking will not support the weight of new roofing materials when a replacement is necessary.

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