At some point or another, the roof of your home will be damaged. The question is, how severe is that damage? You may be able to quickly patch your roof, or you may need to replace it.

There are pros and cons to each, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can make the wrong decision. 

Below we’ll review roof repair and replacement, so you can better decide which you need. 

The Age of Your Roof

Most roofs will last around 20-30 years, while some can last around 50 years. For common roofing (e.g. shingle roofs), after about 15-20 years you may want to consider a replacement.

Keep in mind, if you get regular maintenance done to your roof, you can extend your roof’s life. Maintaining your roof can be cheaper and easier as well if you have a long warranty on your roof. 

The Extent of Damage to Your Roof

When you know when, where, and how your roof was damaged, it makes fixing it much easier. This means you’ll be more likely to repair the roof instead of replacing it. Generally, your roof will be damaged due to things like:

  • Storms
  • Wind
  • Tree limbs 
  • Ice dams

Depending on where you live you may be more susceptible to severe storms (e.g. hurricanes or tornadoes). These types of storms may warrant an immediate roof replacement. 

Your biggest worry is if any of this damage causes your roof to leak. A leaky roof not only causes damage to your home but can affect your health as well. If there are a lot of leaks, you may need to replace your roof. 

Get in contact with a contractor to see how bad the damage is, this will determine if you need a small fix or roof replacement. If the damage is only to part of the roof or you have a couple missing shingles, you don’t need to replace the entire roof. 

How Long Will You Be Living at Your Current Home?

If you don’t plan on staying in your current home for very long, it may not be worth it to replace your roof. The cost would outweigh the temporary benefits. You may be able to get by with some simple repairs. 

Yet, if you plan on staying in your house for many years and have an older roof, you may want to consider replacing it. Weigh the cost of the repairs with what the replacement would cost. If you’ll need to make continuous repairs, it may save you more money to replace the roof. 

The Cost of Repairing vs Replacing Your Roof

Typically, repairing a roof will be cheaper than replacing your roof. This is especially true if you do routine maintenance. Consider what was written above on whether the cost of repairing vs replacing is worth it. 

Moreover, if you’re getting an addition put in, you may be able to get a cheaper deal for your roof replacement.

Keep in mind, there may be hidden costs attached to a roof replacement. For example, if there is any landscape damage or if the contractor needs to replace the gutters. If the contractor is not upfront about these costs, make sure to ask about any extra fees before you hire them. 

Roof Repair and Replacement, Which Do You Need?

Hopefully, this guide has helped you decide between roof repair and replacement. No one likes spending more than they have to, so it’s always best to consider all options. 

Ready to take the next step? Review our blog to learn what to look for when hiring a roofer.