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Should You Replace or Repair Your Roof?

Repairing a roof may often be a more reasonable and cost efficient option in cases where replacement isn’t necessary and the roofing problem is a quick fix such as a minor leak or small water damage. A reputable roofing contractor will take time to examine alternatives to repairing damage when it is not necessary for a full replacement.

Here are some tell-tale signs when repairing a roof may be more effective than replacing:

Your roof is constantly wearing out with age. It may have sustained many extremes in weather during its lifespan. If this is the case, consider how old your roof is. Is it nearing the end of its given life expectancy? Has it already had to deal with harsh debris or blows to the exterior (such as heavy tree limbs)? Even with timely and proper maintenance, a roof that is becoming too old may require replacement as its best and safest option

When a leak has occurred, unless significant water damage has been sustained and framework in the roof is compromised, a full replacement is not required. Flashing and shingles can be replaced easily. In this instance, a repair is warranted.

If the water leak or similar problem is occurring with a roof that is over fifteen years old, it may be more economically feasible to repair the roof short term, but be considering a future replacement. If this roof is experiencing significant water damage, it would be best to replace the entire roof to avoid any future problems. In the case of an older roof, unless there is strong framework and a very durable top layer, it may not tolerate new roofing materials being built on top of it. This means that although a small patch may work, if the problem is bigger, a new roof is needed as soon as possible.

If the home is located in a dry or intensely hot climate, dried out and/or cracked shingles should be watched for. It is possible that further deterioration is occurring underneath the surface. If a slow decay of your roof is happening, a new layer of roofing is unlikely to hold. An old decaying roof cannot support the weight of additional materials when a repair or replacement is required. It is advisable to consult a specialist to see if decay is the problem. In this case, it will be most likely that you will be replacing the entire roof.

The question of whether to repair or completely replace your roof is a relative one and should be answered by one of our roofing professionals. They will be able to tell you exactly how much more your lifespan your roof has and whether it can withstand a repair or require replacement.