A roof should last between 20 and 50 years depending on the type of roof material and the quality of care. However, over time, roofs need regular maintenance and may require a partial roof replacement to address weather damage and general wear and tear.
Complete vs. Partial Roof Replacement: What Is The Difference?
A partial roof replacement involves replacing a section or several sections of the roof. A complete roof replacement involves replacing the entire roof. A complete roof replacement can take longer and cost more initially than a partial roof replacement, but the long-term benefit may outweigh a partial roof replacement in certain instances. A partial roof replacement does not address more severe structural concerns but is often all that is necessary to maintain the overall condition of the roof for more than a decade.
When Is Partial Roof Replacement Recommended?
A professional roofing contractor may recommend a partial roof replacement if a small portion of the roof is damaged, the roof is in relatively good condition, and the color and condition of the shingles have not deteriorated. The following is a more detailed look at when a professional roofing contractor may recommend a replacement rather than a complete roof replacement.
Only One Or Two Sections Of The Roof Are Damaged
Partial roof replacement may be the solution if only one or two sections of the roof are damaged. If the majority of the roof is damaged by weather elements or general wear and tear, then a complete roof replacement is likely the more affordable solution long-term as it can prevent the need for additional partial repairs in the future. However, roofing contractors will typically recommend a replacement if a relatively small area of the roof is in need of repair.
Your Roof Is Relatively New And In Good Condition
You may need a partial roof replacement if there is damage to your roof from weather damage even if your roof is still in good condition and relatively new. New roofs are durable, but damaged shingles, water damage, cracks, and more can still occur as a result of heavy winds and rainfall. New roofs require repair every several years as well. During a routine inspection and regular maintenance, your roofing contractor may recommend a replacement if any concerns are detected. This can reduce the risk of more severe problems in the future.
The Color Of The Roof Shingles Have Not Severely Faded
A partial roof replacement generally requires replacing damaged siding with new shingles. If the roof is in poor condition overall and the shingles have faded due to age and sun exposure, then the new shingles are not going to match the existing ones. In this case, it is often best to replace the entire roof to avoid aesthetic issues and prevent damage to the underlying roof structure.
Minor Rain, Wind And Hail Damage
Weather elements are one of the primary reasons for a replacement. Heavy thunderstorms, tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, storm surges, and more can damage parts of your roof while leaving the overall structural integrity intact. When this is the case, having a professional roofing contractor come to service the area in which the roof is damaged is the best solution.
When Is A Complete Roof Replacement Recommended?
A complete roof replacement may be necessary if the majority or all of the roof is in poor condition due to age or sudden damage. Roofing contractors typically recommend a partial or complete roof replacement based upon what is the most cost-efficient option long-term. For example, if a roof is slightly worn down and has a section that is in poor condition, then it may be best to replace the entire roof to prevent additional repairs in the future. On the other hand, for a roof that is in good condition and has a damaged area, it may be more beneficial only to replace the damaged section.
The Importance Of Professional Inspections And Maintenance
It is difficult and often dangerous for homeowners to get on their roofs and inspect for any signs of damage or deterioration, and many concerns could be missed as well. Professional roofing inspections provide a way to detect any possible concerns. This helps prevent more severe issues from developing without you ever knowing. If necessary, a roofing contractor can recommend a replacement after an inspection to maintain the structural integrity of the roof and ideal curb appeal.
Contact The Roofing Pros At Adelphia Exteriors
Here at Adelphia Exteriors, we take pride in offering fast and high-quality roof replacement services. If you are unsure if a partial or complete roof replacement is best for your needs, then we can schedule an inspection and provide our professional recommendation. You can reach our team by phone at (703) 386-7357 or send us a message today to get started.