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Denver Roofing: Article About Asphalt Shingle Roofs: Repair Or Replace?

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When an asphalt shingle roof has noticeably aged, a few shingles are damaged or missing, or there is extensive destruction to one section, an owner is faced with difficult decisions. Should they hire a Denver roofing professional to repair or replace the roof? On the other hand, could the contractor perform a complete roof deck tear off or apply the new shingles over the old?

A small area of damage can be easily repaired, but matching the existing shingles to the new ones is sometimes difficult. If the roof is fairly new, and extra original shingles have been saved, the repair will be more successful. Otherwise, the repaired area may be both visible and unattractive, making it unappealing to eventual buyers.

If a storm or fallen tree limb damages a larger section on only one side, a roof can be partially replaced. Shingles should ideally be perfectly matched, but any differences in color will be less noticeable, since the areas are larger and do not overlap.

A replacement section may end up to be a few inches higher than the older part. Even when the roofer builds up the area with extra shingles and installs a roof cap, a hump along the ridge line may still be noticeable.

Homeowners may wonder if it is necessary to completely reroof the home if only one section has experienced damage.

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A hired contractor will have all the crew and equipment already on site to partially reroof the home. A partial replacement roof costs more per square but is less expensive overall.

The age of a roof should also be considered. If it is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, reroofing may be the most reasonable course. The latest products on the market may give the owner an advantage. Some new products have better UV protection, increased durability, innovative colors and designs and a longer expected lifespan.

Additionally, if an owner decides to replace the roof, they next need to decide whether to ask for a complete roof tear off. Alternatively, shingles can be placed over the old. After consulting with a professional, an owner can decide whether they will be better paying a little more now to do the job right and save money in the future.

A roof is a significant investment and is an important part of protecting a home. Every few decades, a homeowner will need to decide what that protection will look like and how it will function. Conducting careful research and consulting an expert can result in a new roof that will be in good condition for years to come.

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