When Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

repair or replace roof

Repair or replace roof? It’s a question that many people find themselves asking when they have problems with their roof, and it’s not always easy to answer. Sometimes you may be able to patch up the problem with a repair, but some major issues (or lots of them) could mean that a replacement is the more appropriate solution. Deciding which one is the best option can be difficult, but with a few tips, you can find it much simpler. If you’re not sure whether to repair or replace, here are some of the ways you can work out which is best.

How Old Is Your Roof?

To start with, consider the age of your roof. If it’s an older roof, one problem now could quickly start to turn into many more problems later. An average roof can last for around 10-25 years and is likely to need replacement eventually. If your roof is getting to be about 15-20 years old, it could be time to replace it, rather than patching it up with a repair. However, it’s also worth considering the extent of any current damage. An older roof doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced right away.

How Long Will You Be in Your Home?

As well as the age of the roof, it’s also a good idea to think about how long you will stay in your current home. If you’re thinking of selling in the next few years, a brand new roof might not be worth the cost. Of course, if you think you can get the money back when you sell, it could be a smart idea.

Leaking Roofs

A leak in your roof isn’t exactly an uncommon problem, but when does it indicate that a roof replacement might be necessary? An isolated leak in one place could simply be repaired, especially if it’s a problem caused by flashing. However, if there are leaks in a number of places, replacing the roof could be the better solution, instead of trying to patch it up in multiple places.

The Benefits of a Roof Replacement

Replacing a roof is generally going to be more expensive than repairing one, but it can deliver several benefits. When considering roof repair vs replacement, you might find that you can use more efficient materials. A new roof could make your property more eco-friendly, and they could last longer and perform better than your current roof too.

Covering Up the Existing Roof

If you’re thinking about a new roof, it could be possible to put a new layer of shingles over the existing roof. This can save time and money by allowing you to avoid taking off the existing roof and starting from scratch. You’ll want to check with your local roofing company to see if this is the best option for your situation.

Size of the Repairs

Ultimately, whether to repair or replace your roof may come down to the size of the area that needs to be repaired. If it’s relatively small and localized, repairing the problem could be the best option. If it’s large or there are several areas that need repair, a replacement might be the correct answer.

If you spot any signs you need a roof repair, have a roofer inspect your roof and carry out any necessary repairs as soon as you can. If you’re in Portland or the Greater Northwest we’d love to serve you! Our residential roof repair and roof installation specialists in Portland, Vancouver, and Salem serve all of NW Oregon & SW Washington. You can get in touch with us at (503) 659-7663 for all your roofing needs.


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