The elements can be tough on roof shingles, and you may need to replace a handful or more at some point. But what if replacement shingles don’t match your existing roof? A good match can be hard to find, and random repairs can leave your roof looking like a patchwork quilt. But a new roof may be cost-prohibitive unless it’s covered by insurance. Here are a few FAQs and tips for getting the look you want–one shingle at a time or with a whole new roof.
Why Do Shingles Change Color Over Time?
Shingles fade because they’re doing their job– protecting your home from the elements. Exposure to sun, rain, snow, and wind can cause fading, but some shingles are more resistant to fading than others.
How Can I Prevent My Shingles From Fading?
The most important thing you can do to prevent your roof from changing color is to choose high-quality shingles from an established manufacturer. This makes fading less likely and makes it easier to match and replace when needed. Today’s higher-end composite shingles tend to resist fading better than asphalt, so consider that when you’re installing a roof or looking for a new home. Using a qualified and experienced contractor for installation can help you get the best materials for your home and climate and help you navigate repair when necessary.
How Can I Blend Existing and Replacement Shingles?
- If you’re looking to blend new and old shingles, saving shingles from your original roof installation is an excellent first step. If fading isn’t dramatic, your contractor may be able to achieve a uniform look with the same materials.
- If shingles have faded, try going a shade lighter with the same manufacturer. Your roofer should be willing to get up on the roof and help you compare before you decide.
- If you’re having trouble getting a good match, replacing a section of the roof is an option. Partial replacement is less expensive than replacing the whole roof but doesn’t create the same spotty look that patch repairs can.
Missing Shingles: Should I Replace the Whole Roof?
In some cases, especially with an older roof, matching shingles can be close to impossible. An uneven patch job can decrease resale value and start a negative cycle of repair and replacement with a hodgepodge of shingles of different ages. If you have an older roof and structural issues beyond a few missing shingles, a weather event may be the right reason to go ahead and replace that roof. Of course, for many of us, the decision depends on what our insurance company is willing to cover.
Will My Insurance Cover a Full Replacement for Missing Shingles?
Should insurance cover a full roof replacement if matching shingles aren’t available? That question has been the subject of debate in the roofing and insurance communities and fodder for more than a few legal disputes.
In most cases, insurers are required to replace missing shingles with “same quality materials,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be the same color. Experts also note that if your shingles are discontinued, you may have a better case for a full replacement. Here are a few steps you can take to be proactive:
- Reread your insurance policy before damage occurs to get a handle on what your options are if shingles are lost.
- Some policies are now covering full roof replacement in the case of partial damage, so it pays to shop around when looking for homeowner’s insurance.
- Finally, grab a photo of your roof now for a before-and-after comparison following a weather event.
Missing Shingles? DryHome Has You Covered
Whether you decide to match shingles or go for a full replacement, DryHome will work hard to get you a look you love while working within your budget. If we can replace shingles in an appropriate and aesthetically pleasing way, we’ll do it. And we’ll have our team up on the roof before work begins to make sure things look right. If a full or partial replacement makes the most sense, we’ll work with you to file an insurance claim and replace your roof with high-quality materials that will last and look terrific.