When to Repair vs Replace Your Roof

Should I Repair or Replace my Roof?

Eventually, your roof will show signs of wear due to the elements that include severe weather episodes, tree branch impact, and exposure to the sun. But it is all about the specific types of issues happening to your roof that will determine if you should repair or replace your roof.

Some of the more conspicuous problems that could translate into a roof replacement are finding shingles laying on your yard or leaks, including water leaks, which are the most common indications of roof failure.

There are many aspects to consider when deciding if a roof repair or replacement is needed. Here is an easy-to-refer to guide for making the right choice for your roof maintenance that could save you valuable time and hard-earned money.


What to Consider When Deciding Between Roof Repair or Roof Replacement

How Old is Your Roof?

A common type of roofing material is asphalt shingles. If your house has an asphalt shingle roof, then the most important variable to consider is the age of your roof. If you are the original owner of the home, then you should know the age of your roof. It is helpful to find out how old the roof is and compare that number to the anticipated service life of the roof.

Knowing the roof’s precise age will determine for you the cost efficiency of a roof repair versus a replacement. If your roof is approaching the end of its service life, then you will probably forgo a repair in favor of a replacement. However, if the roof is relatively new, then you may focus on how long a repair may last. If the repair might need to be repeated again before the end of the service life of your roof, then you need to evaluate the cost of that repair.

Indications of an Old Roof
  • Shingles are bald
  • Shingles curling or buckling
  • Blistering shingles
  • Roof sagging
  • Granules in the gutter
  • Moss covering your roof


What is Your Current Roof Type?

Knowing the type of roof you have is fundamental in making the correct decision for either repairing or replacing your roof. Various roofing materials will call for different construction methods and range in appropriateness for all sorts of building conditions.

Each type of roofing material requires its own unique procedures, materials and costs associated with identifying and repairing a leak, for example. Steeper-sloped roofs could be made from asphalt shingles or metal roofing. Every roof type has distinct life-span expectations. For example, metal roofs typically last much longer than shingle roofs. Slate roofs will often outlast metal roofs.

There are also various ways to identify problem areas with each type of roofing material.

Is There a Warranty on Your Roof?

No matter what type of roof you have, if you have a warranty on your roof, it will call for roof inspections and repair work to be carried out by a certified or approved roofing manufacturer. If you don’t take this action, and you opt instead for an independent repair of your roof, your roof warranty becomes null and void.

So, if your roof needs repair work, you should contact the manufacturer to uphold the validity of the roof warranty. The benefit of a warranty is that your roof repair will cost you little or nothing, as long as the work is done according to the warranty terms.

What is the Location of Roof Damage?

It may not actually be the roof that is the problem. For example, it could be something related that might include seals around a roof penetration or edge flashing. Examples of seals surrounding a roof penetration are a chimney, rooftop equipment connection, or a pipe.

If the damage on your roof is located in isolated areas, all that may be necessary is a minor repair or flashing replacement. However, if the problem covers a larger area, then a roof replacement will likely be required.

How Long Do You Intend to Stay in Your Home?

Keep in mind that a roof replacement is an exceptional investment in your home. It will enhance the value of your house, and potentially add more curb appeal.

If you plan on staying in your home for many more years, then a roof repair may be the best decision. If you want to move within the next five years or so, replacing your roof could be the best course of action.

If you intend to remain in your home for a while and you have already done some repairs to your roof – and it is between 15 years and 20 years old – it would be prudent to have your roofer inspect the roof. That way, you could find out if there are any potential problems brewing with your roof.

It is worth noting that if you do plan to sell your home in the near term, or even within the next five to 10 years, and your roof is exhibiting signs of damage or is looking dilapidated, it could be challenging to find an interested buyer for your home.

When Should Your Roof be Repaired?

Repairing your roof will be the most cost-effective way to resolve the issues you are experiencing with your roof. It is also helpful to know that those repairs could extend the life of an older roof and put off the expense of replacing it.

You should seriously consider repairing your roof if you are experiencing any of the following problems:

  • Missing shingles
  • Fascia replacement
  • Cracking and blistering
  • Granule loss
  • Tree damage
  • Weather damage
  • Punctures and holes
  • Leaks around the chimney
  • Leaks around the pipe boot
  • Nail pops
  • Shrinkage
  • Splitting
  • Ventilation issues


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