If your roof is showing signs of aging and/or has suffered storm damage, leaks, or other problems, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it. Replacing an older, damaged, or failing roof, rather than repeatedly paying for roof repairs, can be worth the investment whether you intend to stay in your home for several decades or plan to sell soon.
A leaky roof is one of the most common reasons homeowners need roof repairs or reroofing. If you have seen water stains inside your home that run across ceilings or run down your walls, the cause could be a leaky roof. Finding the source of the roof leak can often be tricky, but a certified roofing contractor can help with the process.
Regardless of the source of your leak, it is important to solve a leaky roof problem sooner rather than later — something that begins as a small leak can eventually lead to bigger problems, such as:
Rotting framing and roof sheathing
Damaged ceilings, and
Wet or destroyed insulation
The Extent of Roof Damage
If you are deciding between a roof repair or roof replacement, then it is likely your roof has either deteriorated in appearance and/or has suffered other physical damage. Working with a trusted roofing contractor can help you better understand the extent of any roof damage you may have so you can make the right decision for your home and budget.
Signs of roof damage will differ slightly between various types of roofing material but generally fall into two main categories: aesthetic damage and structural damage.
Curled or cupped edges on asphalt or wood shingles
Missing granules and bald spots on asphalt shingles
Cracked or broken asphalt, tile, or wood shingles
Dented or perforated asphalt, tile, wood, or metal roofing components
Rusted metal shingles or panels
Do you live in a region of the country that is susceptible to hailstorms, hurricanes, or tornadoes?
Roof Replacement Cost
Of course, the cost of getting a new roof is one of the biggest considerations for homeowners when it comes to a reroof vs. repair.
In general, roofing repairs are going to cost less than a complete reroof project; however, if you are paying for a slew of repairs over the course of a few years, they might eventually exceed the cost of an entire roof replacement.
Your roofing contractor can provide estimates to help you weigh the options of what might be the most budget-conscious solution without putting your home at risk from a failing roof.
If you need to repair a small portion of your roof or replace a couple of shingles in an isolated area with minor wind damage, then replacing damaged material in that section can be simple and inexpensive. Damaged, torn, or missing asphalt shingles, for example, can usually be replaced with new ones easily. Other roofing materials may be more complex or expensive to replace individually, such as metal panels.
One downside to this approach is in trying to match roofing materials so that the repaired area blends in with the rest of the roof. For example, if you have spare shingles leftover from a previous reroofing job, the colors may be close but may not match exactly due to exposure. Another option is to ask your roofing contractor to order shingles that correspond to the existing color as much as possible.
If the damage to your roof is more significant but confined to one side or area of your roof, partial reroofing may be an option, and it’s likely to cost less than a complete reroofing project.
Again, one downside to a partial reroofing project is aesthetics. It may be harder to match the color of the new roofing materials with the existing ones. Over time, roofing material can fade due to exposure to the elements. As a result, the newly reroofed portion may stand out from the rest of the roof.
Benefits of a New Roof
While generally more expensive upfront, a new roof may save money in the long run by avoiding the added-up costs of multiple repairs or additional damage.
Additionally, a new roof offers the following perks: