Should You Repair or Replace Your Damaged Roof?
The decision to repair your roof instead of replacing it depends on the severity of your roofing issues, whether due to damage, deterioration from age, or a combination of both. Given the importance of a roof to a household’s safety and comfort, sometimes you have little choice but to replace it. If you are able to delay your decision, however, here are a few factors to consider:
Don’t Ignore Extensive Roofing Damage
Any severe damage to the roof or the decking under the roof—such as mold growth, massive gaps, several missing shingles, soggy shingles, or serious leaks—typically requires a full roof replacement. In many of these cases, the damage to a roof is simply too extensive for a repair to be effective. Even a small exposed area can allow water to seep into the underlayment and the deck, where it can cause rot and eventually roof leaks.
A sagging roof is another strong indicator of a major problem. If you notice any sagging, don’t wait to call a roofing contractor. You will likely need to replace your roof as soon as possible because sagging can create significant damage to the interior of your home if the roof’s structure is further compromised.
By contrast, any type of damage confined to a small space can usually be repaired, but if the damage affects more than 30% of your roof, a roof replacement may be better.
Keep in mind, though, that even if it’s possible to patch your roof, the outcome might not be aesthetically pleasing. In the case of a patch, the damaged area is usually much larger than a spot in need of a few shingles. This often makes it more difficult to blend the repaired section in with the existing roof.
Consider the Age of Your Roof
Although roofs are durable and built to protect homes against the elements and extreme weather, every roofing material has a certain lifespan. For example, asphalt roofing shingles can typically last for 20 years or so. On the other hand, clay roof tiles and metal roofing can take much longer to wear down. But once your roof exceeds its lifespan, signs of deterioration will be much more apparent. Four obvious signs of advanced roofing age are:
- A spike in energy bills despite a well-functioning HVAC system
- Significant loss of shingle granules
- Several torn, curling, or cracked shingles
- Holes in the roofing underlayment
In cases like these, replacing the roof rather than paying for repairs is usually a better investment.
Seek the Advice of Roofing Professionals
To be certain that you’re making a smart decision when it comes to roofing projects, it’s always best to consult with an experienced and reputable roofing company, like Chesapeake Remodeling Group. Since 2000, we have been a trusted roofing contractor for residents of Maryland. Whether your roof has sustained storm damage or needs a fast but effective repair, we’re the roofer to count on. We are affiliated with many of the top remodeling associations, including the National Roofing Contractors Association and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and have established a solid reputation for honesty, transparency, and a commitment to going above and beyond with roofing services. For more information, contact Chesapeake today.