When to Repair Vs. Replace Your Roof

When is it time to replace your roof instead of simply repairing it? This can be a hard decision and variables in roofing material as well as your specific situation can make that decision for you. There are other deciding factors which include:

This is typically an obvious one. If your roof is over 25 years old and you are starting to get leaks and other issues with it, sure it’s most likely time to replace it. However, if you have a newer roof with limited damage, patching it might be a more cost-effective choice.

Damaged Shingles
If you have damaged shingles from a fallen tree limb or wind damage, it should be relatively inexpensive and easy to repair. You can remove the damaged shingles and slip the new ones in place. New shingles might not match the same color as your roof unless it is relatively new. But, if you can get another 15 years out of your current roof, this might be worth it.

If you notice brown stains or moisture marks on your interior walls or if you have peeling paint, these can all indicate a leak in your roof. If you have a small leak, a simple repair could do the job for now. However, if there is significant damage from moisture to your roof, you might want to decide on a roof replacement.

Recent Catastrophe
If you have roof damage that resulted from a catastrophe like a hurricane or tornado, replacing your entire roof is probably a good idea. A lot of times, these types of catastrophic events can bring about damage that is not noticeable by simply looking at your roof. Bigger issues can be waiting to appear and therefore, it’s best to replace the roof to avoid future problems. In addition, your insurance company may cover the cost to replace the roof.

Remember, a worn out roof means it’s more susceptible to moisture damage, ice dams, and mold. All of which can lead to more costly expenses, including costs to repair your home’s interior, down the road.

No matter if you decide to repair your roof or totally replace it, it is always important that you have proper attic ventilation by using an attic fan to help extend the life of your roof. Also, don’t make hasty decisions when it comes to such a big investment.