When it comes to maintaining your home, it’s important not to cut any corners.

Homes, like cars, need regular maintenance in order to sustain throughout the years.

Hopefully, you’ve been performing annual roof inspections or having a qualified roofing professional do this for you.

Weather elements like rain and wind can cause shingles to come loose and fall off and/or leave a hole leading to some serious issues.

When you first notice damage to your roof, you might be tempted to hire someone to do a patch job however, this is not advised. Here are our Top 3 Reasons Why:

  1. It can impact your insurance coverage

    Chances are, you’re already paying a lot for your home insurance on an annual basis. The last thing you’d ever want is to have your claim denied or receive only partial coverage.

    The minute you patch a roof, your shingles will not be identical. This is because the sun ages your roof over time, changing the coloration.

    If you end up needing to make an insurance claim, the discoloration and patch work will be noted right away by the claims adjuster decreasing the amount of coverage you’re eligible to receive for roof replacement.

  2. It lowers your home’s resale value

    When it comes time to sell your home, you can guarantee a patch on your roof will be identified during the home inspection.

    When this happens, the potential buyer is almost always likely to request a price adjustment to factor in roof replacement (which is often what a home inspector will advise when they see a roof patch job has been done).

    So patching essentially equals a decrease in your home’s value.

    On the flipside, if you choose to replace your roof rather than patching, it will increase your home’s value and help you receive top dollar when it comes time to sell. If you’re refinancing, it can up the appraised value of your home.

  1. You can’t stop what’s causing the repairs

    If your shingles are starting to need replacement on a regular basis, whether it’s due to being in a high wind location or just the age of the roof itself, you’ll only continue to patch from here on out.

    In the end, it often costs a homeowner MORE not less money in a patch by patch situation.

    Replacing your roof all at once saves you money on not only the labor but the overall cost of materials.

What next?

It’s important to inspect your roof on a yearly basis to ensure there is no damage or absence of shingles. The sooner you can identify any repairs needed the better to avoid water leakage, mold, wood rot and other costly issues that can arise.

At Integrity, we’ve been serving the Hampton Roads community for over 15 years. We provide quality roof inspections at no cost to you.

If you suspect an issue with your roof, call us at 757-630-6641.