10 Questions to Help You Decide: Should I Repair or Replace My Roof?

Several factors should be taken into account when you are deciding between repairing and replacing your roof. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself:

  1. How big is the area(s) of missing or damaged shingles? A few problem areas can probably be quickly repaired, but if more than 30% of your roof is in need of repair, you may be better off choosing a full roof replacement.
  2. How important is it for you to have all your shingles the exact same color?Your roof’s shingles are exposed to rain, snow and heat, so even if you have extra shingles on hand from when your roof was installed, they may not precisely match the ones currently on your roof. You will need to consider how many shingles need replaced and how visible the affected area will be.
  3. Do you have any moisture damage in your home?Brown spots on your ceilings, peeling paint, or mold are all signs of roof leakage. If only a single small leak is found, you may be able to have repairs made, but it is likely that you will need a full roof replacement.
  4. Can you see daylight through the roof boards?If you can see daylight coming through the roof boards when you are in your attic, your roof’s underlying decking has been weakened by moisture. You will probably need to replace your roof.
  5. Have you recently experienced a weather disaster? Hurricanes, tornados, and severe storms often cause a level of damage beyond what you can initially see, often making a roof replacement a better choice.
  6. How old is your roof?A roof that is relatively new or approaching the middle of its life cycle may simply need a repair, but if it is nearing the end of its warranty, a full roof replacement may be a better option. A typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years, but there are several factors that determine its lifespan. For example: Is your roof a single layer of shingles or was it installed over another layer? Is it properly ventilated?
  7. What material is your roof?Your roof’s lifespan also greatly depends on its materials. The most common residential roofing material is asphalt shingles due to their affordability and aesthetic appeal. Previously, these shingles lasted between 15 and 20 years, but the latest generation of premium asphalt shingles can last up to 40 – 50 years with proper maintenance. If you have wood or slate shingles, clay or concrete tiles, or a metal or aluminum roof you will be looking at lifespans ranging between 80-200 years.
  8. Do you have damaged roof valleys? Snow and rain flows through your roof’s valleys and into your home’s gutters. Damaged valleys are susceptible to roof leaks and may signal a larger underlying problem.
  9. Do you have shingle granules in the gutters?If your gutters are full of shingle granules, your roof may be at the end of its life cycle.
  10. What’s the comparison cost of a repair versus replacing your entire roof?While a full replacement will initially cost more, it may actually be a better value in the long run.

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