It's never good to put off getting roof repairs when they're needed, as a damaged roof will only get worse over time and in the long run will usually cost you more the longer you avoid fixing it. This is because building materials underneath the roof may get damaged by water, and they too will then need repair or replacement. Note a few commonly asked questions about roof restoration so you can understand your choices for fixing a leaky roof or one with missing shingles, and then discuss your options with a roofing contractor.

1. What is the difference between roof restoration and repair?

The word "restoration" can refer to any type of roofing repair work, but note that it's generally used to describe a process where a type of coating is added right over your current roof. This coating dries and hardens and works like a new roof. You typically don't need to tear up any part of the roof before you have this restoration process done, and it's usually more affordable than an entirely new roof. It can also be done before your roof actually needs repairs; if the shingles are getting old and brittle, you can have the roof restoration coating added before those shingles crumble away or fly away in a storm. 

2. Is a roof restoration job permanent?

No material you use for your roof is permanent; even metal roofs may eventually pull away from their connectors or get bent in heavy storms and need repair or replacement. However, a roof restoration coating job can last for years before it suffers any type of wear, and once that happens, you can typically add another layer or coating over the first. By repeating the roof restoration work, you actually maximize the lifespan of your roof itself and can go that much longer without having to replace the roof altogether.

3. Is roof restoration safe for the environment?

When people hear the word "coatings," they may automatically assume that these materials are bad for the environment, since coatings involve chemicals to keep them rigid and sticking to a surface. However, note that roof restoration means not having to tear off your old roof, so old shingles don't wind up in a landfill. The coating doesn't have noxious fumes like roofing tar, so there is little to no air pollution created with a roof restoration. In many ways, this makes it a more eco-friendly choice than other types of roofing repair or replacement jobs.