Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Dec 20, 2017

Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Countless people will gaze upon their roofs every year, see signs of damage, and wrestle over whether or not to patch up the section that’s in need of repair or simply replace their entire roof.  The answer depends on a variety of factors, which you should consider any time you’re confronted with a roofing repair vs. replace dilemma.

  • Age: 

Your roof’s age is one of the most important considerations. If it’s relatively new or even in the middle of its life cycle, a repair might be okay. On the other hand, if the roof is approaching or past 20 years old, replacing it may be the way to go.

If the leak is immediately spotted and isolated, a repair may be all that is necessary. But, if it reaches beneath your roof’s shingles, it can quickly find its way inside, where it can cause serious damage and, possibly, health problems. If you see signs of moisture inside your home, including brown spots on the ceiling, peeling paint or mold, you should probably opt to replace your entire roof rather than attempt to patch or repair.

  • Size of the area in need of repair:

If you only need to fix one or two small areas, you can probably get away with repairing. But if it's more than 30% of your roof, you should strongly consider a roof replacement.

Mother Nature can be tough on all types of structures. When a home or building is in the path of a snowstorm, hurricane or other force of nature, the damage and devastation can be shocking, and enough to require a total roof replacement.

  • Costs:

As you consider the costs, in some situations it may be best to replace your roof rather than repairing it. For example, it might cost you $3,000 to repair the front side of your roof, but replacing the whole roof might only run you $5800. In this case, a roof replacement is of better value.

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