Can You Repair a Brittle Roof?

Can you repair a brittle roof
RoofCrafters: The one-stop solution to all your residential and commercial roofing needs.

A brittle roof is one of the most common issues you might encounter if you need a roof repair. Many questions regarding brittle roof shingles are asked,  the most important one being “can you repair a brittle roof?”


There are many factors that you can take into consideration before deciding on repairing the roof. The most important things to evaluate are your budget and the roof’s expected  lifespan. We believe it is always a good idea to hire a professional for an inspection before finalizing your decision.


Can You Repair a Brittle Roof?


If you want to do a thorough inspection yourself, we will provide you with all the necessary details. There are four questions in particular that you should answer before you start working on roof repairs.


Let’s take a look at what they are:


1. What is My Budget?


Almost all commercial and residential roofing solutions are based on budget. How much are you willing to spend to get your roof fixed? If you are on the lookout for pocket-friendly solutions, then perhaps a roof repair is your best option. However, if your roof is near the end of it’s expected lifespan then getting a new roof installed will be a much better option for you.


2. When Was The Roof Installed?


It would be best if you always made a repair decision based on the average lifespan of the roof. Every type of roof has a different lifespan. If it hasn’t been too long since the roof was installed, repairs will definitely be an option. Here’s what the average lifespan of some of the most common types of roof looks like:


  • Asphalt: 15-20 years
  • Slate: 100 years
  • Metal: 50 years
  • Tile: 50-100 years


3. What are the Frequency of Maintenance Efforts and the Size of the Damage?


Depending on how often you hire a professional for maintenance of the roof, you can minimize most repairs and avoid premature roof replacements. Think of it as a haircut; the more you delay your hairstylist appointment, the more time and effort your haircut will need. Additionally, if you don’t take care of your hair, well all kinds of bad things could happen, right?


The size of the damage will also contribute to the overall decision. Is the size small enough for a repair? Or will a replacement be needed? For example, if one or two shingles have gone brittle, it may be easier to repair them. However, if most of the roof is in a brittle state, you may consider replacing the entire roof at this time.

Also Read: How Do I Temporarily Fix My Roof?

Roofing Fact: 86% of roof leaks are caused by improper installation. And the average roofing contractor goes out of business in less than 3 years!

4. Where is Your Property Located?


The weather conditions in your area of residence will highly impact all the other factors involved. If you live in harsh weather conditions and the roof is highly susceptible to damage, you should definitely call a professional roofing expert for help.


However, if you live in a moderate temperature zone, a little repair could last you a long time. If you’re unsure about these things, give RoofCrafters a call to schedule an inspection.

The Brittle Roof Test


To determine whether or not your roof’s material is brittle, you can perform an easy test.


To do this, lift a part of the shingle or tile and move it at a 45 degrees angle 2-3 times. If the roofing material shows more visible cracks and seems, then it is beyond the repairing stage.


However, if it remains in a similar state, you might still have time left on the roof and then you can probably make the repairs.

How Can You Repair a Brittle Roof?


After considering the factors mentioned earlier, you are now finally ready to repair the roof.


There are three things you can do to start the repairing process. 


However, since repairing a roof is a crucial process, you need to have the skillset to perform the work or if not, we recommend that you hire a professional for this job.


Having said this, let’s jump into the type of repairs that can be done to fix the roof:


Replacing a Part


If a small part of the roof is damaged beyond repair, you can look for similar parts and replace them. However, replacing a part of a shingle is comparatively harder because you will have to match your roofing material’s exact color, size, and shape.


In addition to this, if many parts are brittle and you replace all of them, then your roof repair will probably not match and look pretty bad.  Remember the look of your roof adds value to your property, so it’s often best to let the professionals handle these small repairs.


Gluing the Corners


If the corners of the shingles or tiles are bending, you can easily take care of this problem yourself. Using a caulking gun, apply a roofing sealant at the bottom of the shingle or tile. Press it down with a spare brick and leave it to dry for 24 hours. This is a quick remedy; however, using correct tools is important to increase the roof’s lifespan.


Hiding Cracks


One of the most common signs of brittle shingles and tiles are cracks and seems. If you wish to take care of these issues yourself, you can do a quick repair yourself. Follow these simple steps to repair a brittle roof:


  1. Apply glue or roofing sealant on the cracks
  2. Press the shingle or tile down and hold firmly or place a heavy object for a few minutes
  3. Apply the sealant once again on the top of the crack
  4. Spread the sealant using a trial
  5. You can also sprinkle leftover granules over the sealant to hide the sealant completely
Did you know that 86% of roof leaks are caused by improper installation?

Concluding Thoughts


So, can you repair a brittle roof? We hope this information has helped you make an informed decision. In the end, it all comes down to your personal preferences and budget. However, it’s always best to contact a professional to help you because an incorrect repair or installation can cost more in the long run.

Schedule Inspection Now

Ready to get started?
Talk to one of our Roof specialists.                Schedule Free Inspection Now