Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

Eventually, all roofs wear out and need to be replaced. You do not want to replace it when a repair could do the job because you will waste money.

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But you also do not want to repair what will lead to more leaks and money wastage again. The answer to this depends on the age of your roof, its quality, and current condition. And if you are still unsure, a trusted roofing contractor, such as All Weather Roofing, can help you determine which option is best for your home.

Here are three essential factors to consider when deciding between a roof replacement and repair project.

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Age and Life Expectancy of Roof

The age of your roof is essential. Although nothing lasts forever, most homeowners only need to purchase a new roof once or twice throughout the life of their home. The low-end asphalt roof shingles will last between 15 and 20 years, while more quality architectural shingles can last up to 40 years. If you are uncertain about the age of your roof, a local roofing contractor can tell you how much life it has left.

Some signs of an old roof are missing, blistering, bald, or curling shingles. If your roof shows any of these signs, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it.

The Extent of Roof Damage

If you are choosing between a roof repair or roof replacement, working with a trusted roofing contractor like All Weather Roofing can help you understand the extent of the roof damage so that you can make the right decision based on your budget.

For Minor Damage

A roof is designed to last for many years while withstanding the elements. So, suppose you need to repair a small portion of your roof or replace a couple of shingles in an isolated area. In that case, replacing damaged material in that section can be relatively inexpensive and straightforward. For example, a leak over your bedroom ceiling could easily be the result of isolated damage to an otherwise healthy roof.

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Significant Damage

If the damage to your roof is quite significant, you can decide on a complete or partial replacement. Partial re-roofing is an option if the damage is confined to one side or area of your roof, plus it's likely to cost less than a complete re-roofing project. In some situations, a roof will be too damaged for a simple repair or partial work. An example is if leaks are present everywhere and not just in one or two isolated areas.

When a natural disaster such as a tornado or hurricane has passed your house, the structural integrity of your roof could be dangerously compromised even if it is not apparent. Even if your roof is covered with the most durable material, you might need to replace it if it has incurred damage.

Front of a house with a new roof


For homeowners, the cost of getting a new roof is one of the most important considerations when it comes to a roof replacement vs. repair decision. There is no real reason to invest in a new roof when a simple repair will save you thousands in roofing costs. What may initially seem like major roof damage might only amount to a few hundred dollars worth of repairs.

However, while a complete roof replacement might be more expensive up-front, it does mean you avoid the accumulated costs of multiple repairs or additional damage, especially if the roof is old. Plus, a new roof can offer increased energy efficiency, more resistance to fire or damage, and peace of mind. It also improves your curb appeal, especially if you plan to sell your home sometime in the future.


The Trusted Professionals At All Weather Roofing Can Help You!

To decide whether your roof needs repair work or a total replacement, it is best to have a roofing consultant examine and assess it. It is also wise to educate yourself, so no one takes advantage of you and winds up replacing your roof when there is still plenty of life left in it. Get a second or third roof inspection if you can. Then go with a roofing company that you trust.

At All Weather Roofing, we have a track record of doing things the right way. We perform roofing replacement and repair services for the people of Farmingdale and Howell, NJ.

Contact us today for roof repair or replacement services!