When To Replace A Roof, Or Repair It?


Your roof is damaged in some way – whether it be missing or cracked shingles, water damage, sagging, or anything else – and now you’re wondering if it can be repaired, or if you’ll need to replace your roof. Which is more economical? Which is safer? How are you supposed to know which one is needed?

We’ve got you covered. Read on for information on roof repairs vs roof replacement, and to find out which one is best for your situation.

Repair or Replace Roof

Before deciding on a repair or replacement plan for your roof, ask yourself a couple of questions: How old is your roof, and how long do you plan on living in your current home? If your roof is fifteen years or older, it may be a good idea to get it replaced, especially if it is showing signs of wear and tear. But if you are not planning on staying in your house for much longer, a simple repair might make more sense.

Other aspects to include are:

  • Time: If the problem is urgent or you’re on a time limit for any reason, an emergency repair may keep out water until a proper repair can be scheduled.
  • Budget: Repairs are usually cheaper than full replacements, so if you’re on a tight budget, a repair may be the better option. We have good options for financing that may make it possible to get that new roof now rather than later.
  • Location and extent of damage: If your roof is only damaged in one area, or if the damage is not severe, a full replacement might be unnecessary.

Can a Roof Be Repaired Instead of Replaced?

Yes, it’s entirely possible to repair a roof, or a section of a roof, as opposed to replacing the whole thing – especially if the damage is minimal or limited to only one area of the roof.Repairing instead of replacing is usually much cheaper, so it’s often a better option than going for an entire replacement unless  the roof is aged beyond its designed life expectancy. If that is the case repairs may be a waste of money.

When Should You Repair Your Roof?

It can be difficult to know when your roof needs repairs – or even a replacement – especially if the damage is light. Signs that your roof needs to be repaired or replaced are:

  • Damaged shingles: shingles that are cracked,flapping in the wind, or falling off are a signal that your roof needs repairs.
  • Shingle granules in the gutters, patio, sidewalks or driveway.: If you’re noticing shingle granules every time it rains  it may be another sign that your shingles are old and in need of repair or replacement.
  • Indoor water leaks or damage: If your roof is letting water leak into your house, it’s not doing its job properly and will need to be repaired. Have you ever walked through your home and looked carefully at the ceilings for any signs of moisture stains?
  • Sagging: A sagging roof can be indicative of a problem with the structural integrity of your home. If you notice sagging, it’s important to call a roofing company to get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

Can You Reroof Over an Existing Roof?

Yes, it is possible to “recover ” – put new shingles on top of old ones – a roof as a less-costly and faster alternative to a full roof replacement. Overlaying can be a good idea in certain circumstances, but there are downsides: when overlaying, it may not be possible to see if there is damage underneath the original layer of shingles, since they do not come off. In addition, you can only recover a roof once, as a third layer is not approved by building code.

How Long Does a Reroof Last?

How long a recover lasts depends on the material it – and the original roof – is made out of. Certain types of shingles and other materials will last longer than others. Generally, as long as it is properly installed, you can expect a reroof to last at least fifteen to twenty years.

A recover may be  a good alternative to a full replacement.

Have more questions about replacing, repairing, or recovering your asphalt shingle roof? Call Roofstar Arizona now at (480)-426-1915 for a professional opinion. We’ll tell you the truth about your roof!

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