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Patch, Repair, Replace: What's the Best Choice for Your Roof?

Discovering damage to your roof can be a stressful experience. Not only is your home's structure at risk, but also your family's safety. Even small holes can lead to extreme water damage and dangerous mold after heavy rain. For us here in Tampa Bay, that means we can't just waste time when our roof is damaged.

But how do you know the extent of the damage? Is this going to be repairable, or will I have to replace the whole roof? Florida Legacy Roofing is here to explain!

How Do I Know if I Have Roof Damage?

More often than not, homeowners won't realize their roof needs any maintenance until it's too late. By then, the damage has been done and extensive repairs may be necessary. To avoid this, it's important to be aware of the signs that indicate your roof needs some attention.

There are several common signs of roof problems:

  • Leaks or water stains inside the home

  • Missing, cracked, or curling shingles

  • Granules from shingles in the gutters

  • Seeing daylight coming through the roof boards

If you notice any of these problems, it's time to call a professional roofer to decide the best action to take. Ignoring these signs can only lead to even more issues with your roof. Don't wait for the damage to get worse, get a free estimate at Florida Legacy Roofing, call today!

Should I Repair or Patch My Roof? In some cases, it may be best to repair your roof instead of replacing it. For example, if only a few shingles are missing, then a patch job may do the trick. However, if the damage is more extensive or you have multiple leaks, then a full replacement will be necessary. If you have a tight budget, temporarily patching a problem until you can afford the complete replacement may also be an option for you. That is unless your homeowner's insurance says you need a new roof for your policy, then it's best to move forward to best protect your property (your legacy as we call it).

Here are some common scenarios in which you would only need to patch your roof:

  • A few missing shingles

  • Small holes or cracks

  • Mild water damage

  • Damage to just one section of a newer roof

You may be budget-conscious and consider the 'fix' to be a simple patch to repair, however, in many cases, this will end up costing you more in the long run as you'll eventually require more extensive roof repairs. After all, your roof is already showing signs of wear and tear. Remember, it's always best to consult with a professional before making any decisions about your roof. At Florida Legacy Roofing, our team of experts will be able to assess the damage and give you the best solution for your home.

Repair or Replace My Roof? After determining that your roof has an issue, you're probably wondering when is it time to choose replace or reroof (which is a new or substantially repaired roof) over a patch job. Here are some things to think about - other than how much this will all cost to fix:

Age of your roof:

One of the most common reasons why roofs need to be replaced. Depending on the type of roof you have it will have a different life expectancy. Tile roofs can last up to 50 years in Florida, but shingles have a life span of 15 to 20 years. It may simply be time for a new roof.

Multiple leaks or water damage:

If the leaks are left unaddressed, they will cause further damage to the roof and home. If you have several points where your roof is leaking, then a reroof may be your best bet.

The extent of the damage: This is determined by the size of the affected area and how severe the damage is. Having a free inspection by a licensed (and reputable) roofer will give you an idea of if you can still repair the damage or if a new roof is needed. Florida climate: The hot and humid climate takes a toll on roofs, causing them to deteriorate faster than in other states. A tile roof may last up to 100 years if not for the extra humidity and weather we have here. But it's the price we pay to live in paradise.

Is a Total Roof Replacement Necessary? Although it may seem like a costly investment, in many cases, a complete roof replacement is the best solution. This is especially true if your roof is over 20 years old or if the damage is widespread. Here are some scenarios in which you would need to replace your roof:

  • Your roof is over 20 years old

  • Significant damage from intense Florida storms

  • Extensive damage to over 30% of your roof's surface

  • You're selling your home and need to increase its value

On top of saving more down the road on repairs, a total replacement can help you save on energy, and increase the value of your home if you ever decide to sell your home. We will remove your shabby old roof and replace it with a durable shingle or metal panel roof that will complement the design of your structure. After we are finished, you will be amazed by the enhanced appearance of your home.

Roof Damage? Call Florida Legacy Roofing If you're unsure about whether you need a repair or replacement, our team at Florida Legacy will be more than happy to come out and take a look. Our team has years of experience roofing in Florida and we use the best quality materials to prevent you from needing repairs down the road. We stand by our work and it's our mission to protect your legacy. Our local pros offer roof replacement, repair, and maintenance services to residential properties from Tampa Bay to Orlando and surrounding areas. You can trust us to give you an honest assessment of the situation and help you make the best decision for your home. Give us a call today - (727) 264-8550.

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