When things go awry with your roof, it can be hard to know whether the right decision is to repair the issue at hand or replace it altogether. In some cases, repairs can buy time, but a full replacement may be necessary to get the most bang for your buck and solve the root of the problem once and for all.

If you’re wondering whether you should repair or replace the roof, you should first consider several different factors regarding your roof, home, budget, and future plans. Walking through these steps will help you decide whether the right move is to simply get roof repairs or if you’re better off getting the entire roof replaced with a trusted residential roofing company.

Things to Consider When Choosing to Repair or Replace Your Roof

When deciding whether your best option is to repair or replace your roof, you want to know the extent of the problem, how old your current roof is, what your budget looks like for a solution, and how long you plan to stay in the same home.

  • How bad is the leak or damage?

If the leak is small, a quick repair should do it. However, if the leak is large or growing, it may compromise the integrity of your roof.

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  • How old is the roof, and what condition is it in? 

If your roof is nearing the end of its lifetime and you’re running into problems such as leaks and heat escaping, you might want to ask a local roofer how much life it has left in it. Sometimes old roofs, especially ones made from stronger roofing materials than asphalt shingles like metal or tile, can last as long as 50+ years, but should still be inspected and maintained regularly.

  • What kind of budget do you have to solve your roofing problem? 

For many families, the cost determines whether they go with a repair or a new roof. If you don’t have several thousands of dollars available to put on an entirely new roof, repairing your current roof may be your best and only option.

  • How long do you plan to stay in your home?

Sure, a roof replacement can add value to your home when selling, but it’s often not much more than the cost to replace, depending on the material. You may be better off negotiating your home price and skipping out on the full re-roof.

When to Repair Your Roof

All of that being said, certain scenarios will point you to repairing your old shingles and others that will call for a totally new roof.

Some of the situations where a repair might be the best option include:

  • The damage is minor and inconsequential. If the problem is minor, like a lifted shingle or a small leak may point to isolated damage that isn’t affecting the rest of your roof.
  • You’re on a time crunch. When you need a problem solved immediately, a repair is usually the fastest option available. However, finding a contractor, negotiating the price, and getting insurance funds for a new roof can take more time than you have if you need repairs ASAP.
  • You have a new roof. If you’ve recently had a new roof installed and are experiencing problems, a quick repair can usually get the job done.
  • You need to preserve your architectural integrity. If you live in a historic home or one with classic architecture, you may not want to compromise that architectural integrity by ripping off the roof and putting on a new one.

If you’re faced with any of these situations, repairs will likely solve the problem.

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When to Replace Your Roof

Likewise, there are times when replacing your roof is the better option.

  • It’s reached the end of its lifetime. If your roof is 10-15 years old already and has reached roof failure, you’re better off replacing it, as it will need to happen sooner than later anyway. Repairs may buy you time, but replacement can lock in that security.
  • The damage is severe. If the damage is overwhelming and compromising the integrity of your roof and home, replace it as soon as possible.
  • It was damaged by severe weather. If your roof was damaged by a natural disaster, your insurance may cover the cost of a new roof, so it’s advantageous to take up that offer.
  • You want better curb appeal. If you want to increase the value of your home and boost curb appeal, a new roof is a great way to do it.
  • You’re only putting off the inevitable. If a repair is only going to temporarily buy you time until getting a replacement, save yourself the additional cost and choose to redo the roof entirely.

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If you identify with any of these scenarios, getting a new roof will be the smartest choice.

It’s a tough decision when you’re faced with the option to either repair or replace your roof. While one option is significantly more affordable and quicker, it’s often only a temporary solution that puts off the inevitable. Use the considerations listed here and the example scenarios, as well as our flow chart, to help you make the best choice for you, your home, and your family.

Repair or Replace Roof Flow Chart

At Gouge Quality Roofing, we can inspect your roof and help you determine the best route. We can then offer you an estimate of the repairs or replacement and get you the roof you deserve without any hassle to you. Reach out to us today to get started!