Roof Repair or Replacement

You’re weighing the pros and cons of a roof repair or a roof replacement – repairs are quick, relatively inexpensive, and they may be all your roof requires.  On the other hand, though a roof replacement is a bigger job with higher costs, replacement also means you have peace of mind knowing your roof is in good condition for years to come.  Making the right decision about repairs or replacement is critical not only for the optimal performance of your home, but also for the long-term impact on your bank account.  So, let’s take a closer look at roof repairs and roof replacement so you can make the right choice.


The main question you need to ask when debating the value of repairs versus replacement is the current condition of your roof.  Your roofing contractor should have a pretty good sense of what needs to be done, particularly if you enlist the same professional for your regular roofing maintenance.  Damaged or missing shingles can typically be replaced quite easily and affordably.  Torn shingles are simply removed and a new shingle is installed, though new shingles are not always going to match your existing shingles.  Patching damaged areas of your roof can extend the life of your roof for up to 10 or even 15 years depending on the condition of underlying structures.

However, more extensive damage may require partial or total reroof.  A partial replacement is recommended only when the damage to your roof is significant but confined to one area of your roof.  Ultimately, your roofer should know whether a partial replacement is possible – but keep in mind, though the total cost of a partial replacement is lower than a full replacement, the cost per square foot is actually significantly higher.  If your roofer tells you that you’ll only require a partial roof replacement, it may still be a better long-term investment to replace your entire roof.

Still, how does one decide if a replacement is indicated or if repairs are sufficient.  There are many factors to consider.  Consider the age of your current roof and the extent of damage – older roofs with more extensive damage are more likely to need replacement.  Also think about the climate in your area and ask yourself if your current roof is likely to make it through another winter.  Finally, weigh the value of aesthetics.  Roof repairs are often noticeable because it can be difficult to match shingle colours due to availability and even the effect of wear on existing shingles.  If you want a beautiful, clean roof with perfectly matching materials, you might be best served choosing replacement.

It can be a very difficult decision to replace your roof, mostly because of the cost of the job.  As such, you should carefully consider all the factors involved and consult with your roofer to make the right decision for your home and your family.