The weather here in Virginia can quickly take its toll on your home’s roof and cause damage. 

Hurricanes and storms bring wind, heavy rain, and hail. Shingles and other roofing materials can be ripped completely off or left with holes that need repairing.

The best protocol after a storm has run its course is to call a roofing professional to schedule an inspection. It’s always wise to have a trained eye look over the condition of your roof. 

Even small damage left unnoticed can leave your roof much more susceptible to more costly repairs later. The good news is that often a simple roof patch is all that’s needed.

A roof patch is when you repair a small portion of the roof often only requiring the replacement of a few shingles.

When Is It Okay To Perform A DIY Roof Patch?

While there’s plenty of DIY videos on the internet regarding patching a roof, but it’s not always the best choice.

If you’re not a trained professional you shouldn’t be on your roof at all, especially attempting a repair. Ladder and roof safety are paramount. One false move and you could be faced with a serious injury or worse.

Another reason not to patch your roof by yourself is that it could void the warranty. Most roofing material manufacturers only guarantee materials that have been installed by a professional roofing contractor. This is because misuse of materials can lead to more costly damage. 

This equates to a future out of pocket expense for you if you need new shingles in the future. 

How Do You Patch A Roof?

If you do decide to patch your own roof, you’ll need a few materials. Typically a ladder, shingles, hammer, nails, a pry bar, and roofing adhesive will be used. 

Does A Roof Patch Cost A Lot Of Money?

Depending on how much of your roof needs to be patched, minor repairs usually cost between $150 to $400.

Signs Your Roof Is Beyond Repair 

If your roof is sagging or drooping, that’s a sign the support structure has weakened and the roof needs to be replaced. 

If the roof is 20 to 25 years old and has incurred damage, it may be time to tear off the old and put down a new one.

Another sign that a roof is past its life expectancy is when shingles are curling back or buckling.

The bottom line when it comes to a roof patch is that it should be performed by a proper roofing contractor. Your roof is a critical part of your home. It’s responsible for keeping everything under it safe and dry.

Questions? If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof and need an inspection or have a pricing question, call us today at 737-630-6641.