Repair or Replace


When your roof begins to show indications of damage, it can be difficult to determine whether a roof repair is sufficient or whether a roof replacement is necessary. Hopefully this post will help you to decide which option is best for you and your home.  When deciding between a reroofing project and a roof repair, consider the following factors.

1. How old is the roof?

Do you have any idea when your current roof was built in? The age of a roof can be a reliable indicator of when to replace it, depending on the type of roofing material applied. If your roof is exhibiting symptoms of ageing and/or has been damaged by storms, leaks, or other issues, it may be time to replace it. Rather than paying for roof repairs over and over, replacing an older, damaged, or failing roof can be a worthwhile investment.

2. Do you have moisture damage or leaks inside?

One of the most prevalent reasons for roof repairs or reroofing is a leaky roof. A leaky roof could be the source of water stains that run across your ceilings or down your walls inside your home. Finding the source of a roof leak can be difficult, but a qualified roofing contractor can assist you. Regardless of its source of your leak, it’s critical to address a leaking roof as quickly as possible.

3. Is your roof drooping or sagging?

If your roof simply needs more stability in your loft or attic, a professional can install extra rafters or struts. However, if the issue is that your roof is too heavy for your home, it should be replaced using a lighter material. Likewise, if your sagging roof is due to deep water damage, you will need to replace it to ensure it will protect your home for years to come.

4. Is there mold, moss, or fungi on your roof?

Mold, moss, and fungi originate from excess moisture. If the moss is only on the exterior of your roof and hasn’t made it into your home, a deep cleaning may be enough to resolve the problem. However, such growths could compromise the integrity of a roof covering as it can lead to hairline cracks and fissures, which then increase the possibility of leaks or further damage to tiles.

The best way to deal with these issues, therefore, may be to replace the roof. Having your roof inspected by a professional will help establish the extent of the problem and is the best solution.

5. How serious is the damage of your roof?

If you’re considering a roof repair or a roof replacement, your roof has most certainly deteriorated in appearance and suffered additional physical damage. Working with a qualified roofing contractor will assist you in determining the degree of any roof damage so you can make the best selection for your home and budget.

6. When should you fix your roof rather than replace it?

If you only need to repair a small bit of your roof or replace a few shingles in an isolated region with minor wind damage, replacing damaged material in that part can be simple and economical. The only negative impact about repairing is that it is hard to pair your old roof material with the new materials.

 If you have spare shingles from a prior reroofing work, for example, the colors may be near but not identical owing to exposure. Another alternative is to have your roofing contractor buy shingles that are as close as possible to the present shade.

7. Why replacing your roof is better?

Although a new roof is normally more expensive up front, this could save money in the long run by preventing the additional costs of frequent repairs or damage. Roofs often account for a significant percentage of your home’s external appearance. A new roof not only improves the appearance of your home, but it also allows you to select a new shingle color or style.