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Roof Repair Vs. Roof Replacement

September , 2023 | 6 min. read

By Mitch Owens

When it comes to home improvement, any decision you make can be the key to multiplying or reducing your costs. This is especially true when the thing that needs maintenance is your roof. The truth is that like the rest of your house, roofs deteriorate too over time. However, unlike choosing a new rug to enhance your living room, when it is time to fix a roofing problem there are so many things to consider.

Can the problem be fixed with a repair service? Is it time to replace your old roof? What material should you choose? Replacing your roof when you could instead have repairs can waste your money. Similarly, repairing a roof that has lived its lifespan can cause expensive damage down the road. RoofCrafters has been repairing and replacing roofs for nearly 3 decades now, and we know that all too often homeowners waste their money on the wrong roofing services.

We want to make sure you don't want to waste any money deciding whether to have a roof repair or total replacement, so we've written you this article. Whether you replace your roof or repair it depends on several factors, and making the right decision can ensure both optimal performance and peace of mind. If you are mulling over which one is the right option for you, you're in the right place. In this article, you'll learn the key differences between a roof repair and roof replacement, and which decision is right for you. Let's get started!

Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement Considerations


Before you decide to get a roof repair or replacement, there are a few things that you should consider:

  • Age of the roof
  • The extent of damage
  • Budget
  • Leaks

Age of the Roof


The age of your roof is one of the most important considerations in deciding whether to choose a repair or a replacement. Most asphalt shingle roofs usually have a lifespan of anywhere from 15 to 30 years. So, if your roof is showing signs of aging or other signs of serious damage, it is probably a good idea to consider a roof replacement.

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Replacing an old and failing roof is a much better option than wasting money on repairs. A roof that has run its life is likely to show problems repeatedly. Whether you want to stay in the house for a long time or intend to sell it, a replacement will be worth the investment in any case.

The Extent of the Damage


Any signs of roof damage generally fall under two categories:

  1. Aesthetic damage
  2. Structural damage

The extent of the damage to your roof can be a determining factor in deciding if it needs a replacement or if you can do some repairs. Similarly, if you live in a region that’s susceptible to hail storms or hurricanes, you might face roof problems constantly. For problems due to storm damage, it is better to replace missing shingles or other roofing materials right after a storm.

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Roof repairs will help prevent future issues as well as the big cost of replacement. It also goes without saying that a reliable roofing company can help you better understand the extent of any roof damage. They can help you make the right decision for your home and budget with affordable roofing service.

Costs and Budget


The costs of a roof replacement and roof repairs differ a great deal. While roof repairs are generally less expensive than replacement, you must also consider the hidden costs of roof repair, such as gutter replacement or any landscape damage.

For many people, a roof replacement just isn’t possible due to their budget limits. If you cannot afford a replacement, a good roofing company will get you set up with their financing program. A roof over your head isn't a luxury, but instead a necessity that everyone deserves regardless of budget. 

Roof Leaks


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Roof leaks are one of the most common reasons why you might need a roofing service. If you are noticing any water stains on your ceiling or peeling paint on your walls, it is likely you have a leaky roof. It is important that you do not ignore a leaky roof problem and get the best roof repair service sooner rather than later. Often something that seems to be a small leak can turn into a more serious problem over time.

When to Invest in A Roof Repair


Just because your roof has minor damage doesn’t mean that it’s time to get a new roof. You should consider roof repair if:

  • The damage is minor
  • If portions of your shingles are visibly chipped or damaged
  • If there are moisture marks that are on the ceiling or that run down the walls
  • You cannot afford a replacement
  • You need an urgent roofing service
  • You replaced your roof only recently
  • If your area is susceptible to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other kinds of storms

When to Invest in A Roof Replacement


When you decide to go for a roof replacement, you get to have many benefits. This includes not only a new revitalized look to your property, but you also won’t be needing repairs for a long time.

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You should consider roof replacement if:

  • Your roof has reached the end of its lifespan
  • The damage to your roof is too big and serious
  • Your roof was completely damaged in a storm
  • Your roof is not compliant with current building codes
  • You want a new roof to increase the value of your property

Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?


It is possible for the top of your house to be overlooked after years of exposure to sun and storm damage, but when it’s time to get an affordable roofing service, it is difficult to decide if a replacement would do, or if a repair is feasible. While repairs tend to be less expensive, a new roof will last a long time. 

If you’re weighing your options between a roof repair and a roof replacement, it's a good idea to get some professional advice. Drop us a line on our contact page, or take the quiz down below and one of our professionals will get in contact with you at your earliest convenience to get your inspection scheduled promptly. 

In the meantime, feel free to browse through the extensive resources located in our learning center. They include insider tips and tricks to the roofing industry and their services, not to mention that they're free! I suggest reading, "The 9 Step Process to Your Roof Replacement" so that you know what to expect if you conclude your roof needs a replacement after all.

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Mitch Owens

My name is Mitch, and I have over 10 years of roofing experience. I enjoy my career in the service industry because I love helping others take care of their homes and businesses. With over 10 years in the roofing industry, my success comes from my honesty and integrity during my roof inspections. I do my best to listen to the needs of my clients and strive to provide an awesome client experience.