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Can I Replace Only Half of My Roof?

Can I Replace Only Half of My Roof?

Trying to save money on roof repairs? If so, you’re looking to cut costs wherever possible. It may be tempting to only replace half your roof, but that’s usually not ideal. The cons of partial roof replacement outweigh the pros, so it’s best to proceed with caution. Learn why you may or may not want to replace half your roof.

Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Replace Half Your Roof (Most of the Time)

If only half of your roof is damaged, it sounds logical to replace that half. You’ll likely regret that decision though, and here’s why…

  • It’s difficult to match new shingles to your aged shingles. You could get the exact same shingles as you have right now, but chances are your current shingles have faded a bit. If you don’t replace your entire roof at once, you may have a noticeable line between the two sides.
  • Mismatched roofing could hurt your curb appeal. This is particularly concerning if you’re selling your home in the near future. About 90% of homebuyers look at homes online before seeing them in person. Even if you hide the differences in photos, they’ll see them when they pull up. This could have a big impact on resale potential.
  • Your roof will have uneven wear. This is similar to what happens if you only replace half your tires. One side has more wear than the other, so you end up with different levels of protection. This may not be an issue if your roof is relatively new, but it is for roofing that is already several years old.
  • You’re not really saving money. You may save some in materials, but you’ll likely pay more per square foot by replacing half your roof. The roofers still have to travel, set up shop, take time to safely get on your roof, etc. If you replace the other half of the roof a few years later, your total costs will be more than if you did everything at once.
  • It may not be logistically possible to replace half your roof. Your roofing materials are intricately woven with one another to create a shield over your home. Depending on how your roof is set up, it may not be possible to replace half the roof without disturbing the other half.

When It’s OK to Replace Only Half Your Roof

There are some occasions when replacing half your roof makes sense. Sometimes, an insurance company will only cover the cost for replacing half your roof. You can work with your roofing company and insurance provider to lower your out-of-pocket costs for the other half, but it may simply not be in your budget to complete the project.

If your roof is fairly new, replacing the entire roof may not be necessary for targeted damage. Instead, you may only need roof repair in select parts of your roof. If you only need to replace a few individual shingles, partial roof replacement makes perfect sense.

How to Find the Right Roof Repair Plan for Your Home

The master roofers at McLean Roofing and Siding have worked in this industry for decades. We take all of the factors above into consideration to create custom roof repair plans. If replacing half your roof is a wise investment, we’ll let you know that! If there is a better way to achieve your goals and save money in the long run, we’ll tell you that as well.

Transparency and integrity have kept us in business for over 50 years. If you’d like a quote for roof repair or roof replacement in Metro Detroit, contact us at (248) 524-1111.