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Deciding Between a Roof Repair and a Roof Replacement: Which to Pick?

Everyone wants to save money on home repairs, but it’s important to know the difference between roof repairs and roof replacements before you make any major decisions. When do you choose one over the other? This guide to choosing between a roof repair and a roof replacement will help you avoid costly mistakes, help you figure out if your roof repair or replacement needs are serious, and give you helpful pointers on how to find the best solution possible when it comes time to get your roof fixed or replaced. Get in touch with our expert if you want to ask us questions directly about roof repair by visiting

Finding Out About Existing Conditions

Whether you’re planning on having a new roof installed or doing it yourself(assuming you have roofing experience), it’s important to know about any existing problems. Things like mold, leaks, and rot might mean you need other repairs as well. Talk with your contractor about whether you should address these before moving forward. You can even use a camera (available at home improvement stores) to see if there are issues that aren’t visible from below. Remember, once a leak starts in your ceiling, there is usually no time for delay! 

Think About Future Conditions

When deciding between a roof repair or replacement, it’s important to consider what your house will look like in 5-10 years. If you plan on remodeling your areas of your home in five years, you may want to factor that into your decision-making.

If you plan on doing additional remodeling in five years, for example, think about how much money that will cost. If your roof needs repair right now, you may want to factor that into your decision-making when figuring out if it’s worth getting it repaired or replaced altogether. Could serious issues arise if you leave it in it’s current state?  Is there any damage that can be fixed by simply re-sealing shingles? These are questions you should ask yourself before deciding what to do with your roof.

If you have plans of selling your home within 5 years, then a roof replacement is likely going to be more beneficial than repairing an existing one due to its visual appeal and longevity.

Should you repair, patch, or replace your roof?

Before you make any decision, it is always wise to get more than one quote. You will likely be surprised at how many companies will usually give you a free quote when they learn that you have not already selected someone. If time is an issue, there are companies that offer same day or next day service as well as weekend appointments.

There are several factors that you need to consider before making any decision. A homeowner should first look at why there is a problem with their roof. If it is due to wear, tear or age then it may be better to go ahead and replace your roof. There are instances where many homeowners will try to repair their roof instead of replacing it only for that same issue to occur again in just a few years time. This ends up costing more in repairs than if they had just replaced their old roof with an entirely new one.

Can you repair a roof without replacing it?

Yes, but it depends on your roof’s condition. As you know, no two roofs are alike. A roofing contractor can evaluate your roof by performing an inspection, after which he or she will let you know if there’s any hope of repairing your roof without having to replace it. It may also help for you to speak with other homeowners in your area who have had similar work done on their homes.

Is it worth patching a roof?

To decide whether or not it’s worth repairing or replacing your roof, you should try figuring out if there are any leaks. First, step outside in order to check for wet spots on your ceiling that you may not have noticed when indoors. Then, find an elevated vantage point (like a ladder or drone) in order to look at your roof from above. If you see water stains anywhere on your roof—or if water is leaking through—it’s time to get some professional help.

Should I replace my roof if it’s not leaking?

It’s always recommended to consult with a roofing contractor before making any decisions on your own. Sometimes, you may not be able to tell if there is damage until you bring in an expert who will be able to give you their expert opinion on what needs to be done. With so many different types of materials available for roofs these days, it’s easy for someone unfamiliar with them all simply by looking at it, to just assume something needs replacing when in fact it’s perfectly fine!

How often should the roof be replaced?

Many people believe that their roof must be replaced every time it’s damaged by storms, fire, or other causes. But in reality, if your home’s roof is still in relatively good shape – not leaking, with visible damage being minimal – you might be able to extend its life by putting on a new layer of shingles. This is called roof repair. It allows you to solve your problems at a lower cost.

After a number of repairs or if a major issue has come up roof replacement may be needed. On average asphalt roofs last about 20 years where slate, copper, or tile roofs may exceed past 50 years. There are a number of factors beyond age such as location and typical weather. It’s important to consult with a professional if there’s any question.

Start Looking For A Contractor

You’re ready to assess your roof and consider repairing or replacing it. What’s the first step? 

Start looking for contractors you’d like to work with, based on estimates you’ve received and recommendations from friends, family members, and business contacts. Also talk with people who have recently had their roofs replaced about their experiences. You can also check local directory sites for contractors in your area who specialize in residential roofing repair or replacement services.

If you decide to hire someone, make sure they’re licensed and insured; ask for references so you can call former clients and learn more about their experiences. Your contractor should provide you with a written contract that outlines all of their terms, including warranties.

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