Unlike a car, the roof of your home does not display colorful indicators when it needs maintenance. Typically, you’ll have to look for signs of internal or physical damage. But even if you see an issue with your roof, how would you know whether it is time to simply repair your roof or replace it altogether? We’ve compiled the possible signs to be aware of when it comes to having your roof fixed.

Repair vs. Replace

Before deciding which option would best suit your situation, it is important to know the difference between repairing and replacing a roof. In the case of a roof replacement, it is exactly how it sounds. Your entire roof will be stripped down to the deck and replaced with new material. Sometimes, if the damage is a bit more severe, the trusses and rafters may also have to be replaced. A repair, on the other hand, is a much smaller job. Repairs usually focus on one section or sections of the roof. This usually includes patchwork or the replacement of a few damaged or missing shingles.

If you suspect your roof is damaged, no matter if it is major or minor, be sure to call a professional and have your roof inspected immediately. They can also help you determine whether you need a repair or a replacement. Paying close attention to your roof, especially after extreme weather, could be the difference between repairing and replacing your roof. If a repairable roof goes too long without attention, it could morph into a roof in need of a replacement.

When to Repair Your Roof

Roof repairs are commonly simple jobs for areas with minor damage. This type of damage may come from natural causes. This includes wind damage, hail damage, or even fallen tree limbs. Another cause could come from small leaks that seep through shingles or other entry points along the roof such as vents, pipes, or flashing. Other causes for repair needs could come from improper installation. Having your roof inspected early could save you time and money by making quick repairs rather than replacing the entire roof.

When to Replace Your Roof

Roof replacements are often a result of damage that is critical and needs immediate attention. Otherwise, you may be facing structural issues. Naturally, as a roof ages, it will not be as strong as it first was. Most asphalt shingle roofs must be replaced after 15 – 20 years. However, there are other types of damage that may occur before the natural end of a roof’s lifespan. One of the more common reasons a roof may need to be replaced comes from the weather. The sun itself can cause shingle damage like blistering and flaking. Of course, storm damage is also a common cause of damage. Between high winds, heavy rain and snowfall, and intense temperatures, your roof experiences a lot as it protects your home. These occurrences may cause damage that penetrates the surface of your roof and therefore leads to the need for a replacement.

Moving Forward

Once you have determined whether you’re in need of a repair or replacement, it’s time to consider how you will move forward. Once again, if you are unsure which route to take, it is best to contact a professional roofer who can help. If you notice simple, quickfix issues on your roof, it may be tempting to do the job yourself. However, this could lead to further problems if done incorrectly. We recommend starting with an inspection. If you do need work done, check with your insurance company to see what your policy covers. If you’d like to work with us, we can even file your insurance claim for you. All in all, your home depends on the health of your roof so be sure to keep it well maintained and up to date.