How to Know Whether to Repair, Patch, or Replace Your Roof

Roof problems can come up anytime and anywhere. Even if the problem itself is small, understanding the cause and the scope will take some time and effort. Unlike other household items, roofs are a little more complicated and 9 out of 10 times require the help of professional contractors.

If, however, you decide to give it a try and tackle the problem on your own then you will find this article useful. Generally speaking, roof issues have three possible solutions – repair, patch and replace. The biggest roofing dilemma is whether to repair or to replace the roof. Replacing is always the last resort but it’s an option that you might have to take.

You identified the root of the problem but how do you figure out which of these solutions applies? Just keep reading and we will cover which method is the best for which situation.

Repair or Patch

There is a slight difference between patching and repairing, so we will cover them together. Even though you are not a professional roofing contractor, you can still tell if the problem is serious or a small one. So, your number one clue as to repair or to replace is the scope of the damage.

Let’s go over some cases that require either a repair or patching.

  • Strong winds and storms tend to damage roofs. More often than not, the damage is small such as a displaced shingle. In these cases, repair is the best option.
  • To continue the topic of shingles, when you notice a couple of missing or broken shingles get a repair. The key word here is “a couple of,” too many missing or damaged shingles may indicate serious problems, so get a professional roof inspection.
  • Leaks are usually a result of minor problems on your roof that can be resolved with a repair. If you notice leakage inside your house then check your roof immediately and with some patching, you’ll stop it.

These are the three main cases that will hint you it’s repair time. Besides, you should also consider the age of your roof and the frequency of problems. If you roof is new then repair is your best option. As for frequency, one problem per 2-3 months is not a big deal.

Roof Replacement

Many homeowners want to avoid this for as long as they possible can but you have to eventually face it for your and your family’s safety. Roof replacement is no fun and not so easy on your pocket, so it’s for the best to be 100% sure that replacement is the best solution. You should consider replacement if:

  • Shingles are curled at the edges and you notice large patches of discoloration. These are red flags that indicate deterioration.
  • The flashings are separated from the roof and the roof’s valley is missing several shingles.
  • Gutters are clogged because of large debris from the shingles.

And again, consider the age of your roof. If it’s older than 60 years then you will need to replace in the near future if not now.

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