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How to Know if Your Roof Needs Repair vs. Replacement

If your roofing components are compromised, your home is at risk of costly moisture damage. Don’t risk the possibility of water damage in your house. Get to the root cause of the issue by contacting a reputable roofer (like us!) to inspect your roof’s condition and make recommendations on whether you should repair or replace it. 

When weighing the decision to repair or replace your roof, a variety of factors should be considered. Read on to gain insight into elements that impact this decision so you can make a wise choice for your home’s protective layer—your roof. 

Considerations When Weighing Roof Repair vs. Replacement

1. How Old Is Your Current Roof?

If you are having issues with your existing roof and it is near the end of its expected lifespan, replacement is the obvious choice. If you currently have architectural roof shingles and your attic is well ventilated, they should last approximately 25 years. If it’s now over 20 years old, plan ahead for your new roof in your budget, and meanwhile repair minor needs. 

If your roof has lived out its lifespan, or is approaching the end of its life, don’t be surprised if you see signs of roof issues. Take the plunge and schedule a roof inspection and replacement. 

2. What Are Some Signs That Indicate You Need a New Roof?

If your roof is near the end of its life and you spot some of the common signs it is faulty, then it’s time to replace it. You may have roof leaks that allow water to seep into your house. If you do, that’s a sure sign you need a new roof. If you see missing asphalt shingles, cracked shingles, damaged flashing, or you notice a pile of asphalt granules dumped onto the ground at the base of your downspout, it’s time for a roof inspection. Granule loss means your shingles are losing their UV protection and weakening, making your home vulnerable to damage. Compromised shingles means your home’s at risk of roof leaks. 

3. How Long Will You Live in Your Current House?

If your roof has issues and you plan to sell it soon, it’s important to have it replaced. Also, if you plan on living in your house for a long period of time, and you have the need for substantial repairs (or repeated repairs), it may be wise to consider a full roof replacement, as it will save you time and money to completely solve the issues. 

4. How Large or Significant Is the Nature of the Roof Problem?

If your roof is only 5-10 years old, but you’re experiencing some minor issues with a portion of it (while the remainder of it is in good shape), a roof repair should take care of the situation. If a significant portion of your roof has problems—like leaks, or missing or cracked shingles, consider the cost of repairs vs. replacement cost. If the repairs are more than 30% of a new roof, a roof replacement may be the best option at this time. 

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5. How Well Was Your Current Roof Installed?

If your existing roof wasn’t installed properly and you start to see signs of problems, you may be able to repair them for a period of time, but you’ll eventually need to replace the faulty roof. Poorly installed roofing often needs to be replaced earlier than its projected lifespan. 

6. Did a Storm or High Winds Damage Your Current Roof?

Severe weather can take its toll on your roof regardless of its age. Hail, rain, high winds, snow, and ice can all impact your roof negatively, making a replacement urgent. Debris may have been flung into your roof, or a tree may have fallen on it, puncturing its protective layer and opening the door to water damage in your house. Contact a reputable roofer to inspect your exterior immediately if you have storm damage. This will likely result in a roof replacement vs. repairs due to the nature of the problem. An insurance claim will need to be filed, and water remediation services should be implemented quickly to avoid mold growth. 

7. What Type of Roof Do You Have?

The type of roofing material that currently covers your home will factor into your decision to repair or replace your existing roof when problems arise. Slate tiles last over 100 years, so it would be smart to repair a slate roof, if possible, rather than replacing it. Roof tiles can be replaced easily, and labor is a minimal investment. 

Are You on the Fence about Whether to Repair or Replace Your Roof? 

Contact a trusted roofer to have your roof inspected and get a written estimate for the cost of repair or replacement, depending on what they recommend. If you still aren’t sure what to do, consider getting another estimate, which will help solidify the roofer’s recommendation and justify your decision to repair or replace your roof. 

If you choose to replace it, realize there are a variety of benefits including greater protection from the elements, improved energy efficiency, increased home value, elevated curb appeal, and more. 

Get Precision Roofing Installation for Your Wichita Area Home  

Don’t settle for faulty roofing that can put your home at risk of costly moisture damage. Get a reliable new roof so you can rest at ease your house is well protected in a storm. 

At Keeter Roofing & Remodeling, we are an Owens Corning Preferred contractor, and adhere to their latest industry standards and technology. We are in good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and we’re dedicated to exceptional customer service and craftsmanship. 

We are also a ShingleMaster Applicator with CertainTeed. We underwent their training and certification programs covering various aspects of shingle installation including proper techniques, safety protocols, and product knowledge. Learn more about how our roofing services can safeguard your home from damage while boosting curb appeal.