Repair vs Replace Your Roof – How To Decide?

Roof damage is sneaky – sometimes, it’s very obvious for homeowners to know that they have a problem to deal with. Other times, damage may sit for years and become a big enough problem that it makes itself known. Either way, it may come down to a decision – do you replace your whole roof, or repair what you can?

The first step is to assess the damage and get in touch with your roofing contractor. They will come out and take a look and discuss the best options for your home.

If you’re at the point of needing to decide, here’s a quick guide on repairing vs replacing your roof, so you can make the best decision for your home.

Four Points to Consider when Deciding to Replace or Repair Your Roof

  • The age of your roof
    • Checking to see when your current roof was installed is a good place to begin. Replacing a sagging, damaged, or failing roof will save you time and money in the long run.
  • Roof leaks
    • This is the number one reason homeowners replace a new roof – leaks. Tell-tale signs include water stains inside your home on the walls, ceiling, or beams, the smell of mold, rotting framing, and insulation damage.
  • Roof damage
    • Working with a trusted roofing contractor will help you assess the damage and anticipated cost of repair, so you can make the right decision for your home and wallet. If the damage exceeds more than 30% of your roof, replacing might be the best way to go.
  • Storm potential
    • Our homes in Minnesota often take a beating due to weather – snow, ice dams, hail, winds, and the occasional tornado. Replacing missing shingles, gutters, flashing, or other roofing materials will help keep the cost of your roof repairs at a manageable level.

Obviously, replacing your roof will cost more than repairing parts of your roof. However, if it’s estimated that you’ll be making many repairs over a short period of time, it may be best to bite the bullet and replace the whole thing.

Pro and Con For Repairing Your Roof

  • PRO: Easier on the budget, especially if you just need to repair a few shingles or a small section of damage due to storm damage or wear and tear.
  • CON: It may be a challenge to match the shingle color of your roof so that it all blends seamlessly together

Pro and Con For To Replacing Your Roof

PRO: A new, seamless roof that can easily elevate your curb appeal, match your current aesthetic, and extend the life of your home significantly. It also boosts your home’s value if you plan to sell in the near future.

CON: Of course, it will cost more than a roof repair and take longer as well.

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