Roof replacement vs. repair

When your roof has been damaged, hire a professional roofer to determine whether a roof repair or replacement is needed.

Residential and Commercial Roofing Projects
Blackhawk Roofing
April 21, 2021

Roof replacement vs. roof repair

When your roof shows signs of damage, it can be challenging to know whether a roof repair is entirely sufficient or if a roof replacement is more appropriate. A trusted roofer like Blackhawk Roofing can help you determine which option is best for your home. 

Here are some things to consider when deciding between a reroofing project and a roof repair project.

Age of roof

If you're not sure when your current roof was installed, the age of the material used can be a great indication of whether it would be wise to replace it. Roofs wear down over time, and if your roof has suffered from storms, leakage or other issues, there are many advantages to investing in replacement rather than paying for repairs. This is true both if you’re planning on living in your home for years to come, as well as if you’ll be putting it up on the market soon. Roof maintenance plays an important role in preserving the value of a home, so replacing an older or damaged roof may be a wise decision!

Roof leaks

Roof leaks tend to be incredibly difficult for homeowners to detect, not to mention repair. Many of these may seem to be minor but can grow into full-blown issues if left untreated. Roof replacements are among the most common problems that cause homeowners headaches when it comes to their roofs. Whether it is water stains inside your home on ceilings and walls or evidence of mold and mildew growth, these signs usually point towards a leaky roof that needs careful attention from a professional contractor. Doing so as early as possible is best to prevent it from ramping up into a larger problem. Roof leaks can cause severe damage such as deterioration of framing members and other components, buckled or cracked shingles and decayed fascia boards - so finding the source source of your leak and scheduling immediate repairs or replacement will go a long way in helping you protect your home's structure.

  • Mold
  • Rotting framing and roof sheathing 
  • Damaged ceilings
  • Wet or destroyed insulation

The extent of roof damage 

Roof damage is an issue that no homeowner would want and one that should be handled as soon as possible. Roof damage varies depending on the type of material used, though these signs typically fall into two distinct categories of aesthetic and structural damage. Moisture, aging and wind are all prominent culprits when it comes to roof damage and if you are currently considering a roof repair or replacement than it's likely your roof has been subject to one or more of these elements. Working closely with a reliable roofing contractor can ensure you make the most informed decision for your home and budget; they will not only be able to identify any sign of damage but also determine whether you require a repair, partial replacement, or a complete new roof installation.

Aesthetic damage

  • Roofing material looks old and worn
  • Moss, dark streaks, or algae is growing on or in between the roofing materials

Structural damage

  • Curled or cupped edges on asphalt or wood shingles
  • Missing granules and bald spots on asphalt shingles
  • Cracked or broken asphalt, tile, or wood shingles
  • Dented or perforated asphalt, tile, wood, or metal roofing components
  • Rusted metal shingles or panels

Geographical area

We live in a region that is susceptible to hailstorms, ice storms, and tornadoes. It’s essential to replace missing shingles or other roofing materials immediately following a storm to help prevent future issues, such as roof leaks. Damage from hail and falling debris can also affect your roof’s long-term performance, appearance, and ability to form a watertight roof deck.

Roof replacement cost

When it comes to weighing your options between a roof repair and replacement, the cost of the new roof is often the most decisive factor for homeowners. Roof repair will typically be less expensive than a full re-roof, but these costs can add up quickly over a few years of successive repairs. To get an accurate pricing estimate and decide on the most budget-conscious solution that won’t put your home at risk from a failing roof, our team offers roof financing options so you don’t have to fret over the cost. You may find that while initially more expensive, a complete roof replacement could ultimately save you money in costly successive repairs and can provide long-lasting peace of mind knowing your roof is secure.

When to get a roof repair

Minor Damage

Roof repair can be relatively inexpensive and straightforward if the damage is localized to a small portion of the roof. Damaged, torn, or missing asphalt shingles are usually easy to replace with new shingles. However, one potential downside to this approach is matching colors so that the repaired area blends seamlessly with the existing material. To help ensure an accurate match, try finding any spare shingles leftover from previous reroofs you may have done. If they’re not an exact match, you could also ask your roofing contractor to order shingles that correspond to the existing color as closely as possible- this way you won’t end up spending more on Roof Replacement costs than necessary!

Moderate Damage

If a large area of your roof has suffered damage but it’s only limited to a particular side or certain area, it may be financially feasible to go for partial reroofing rather than replacing the entire roof. Though this will cost significantly less than a full replacement, there is still one downside; usually it is difficult to match the color of the new materials with the remaining parts. Roof material can become faded due to harsh outdoor conditions and may differ in character over time. So, although partial replacement will reduce cost, the aesthetic result may not appear uniform across the whole roof.

Benefits of a new roof 

Roof replacement is a great option for any homeowner, as it can provide many cost-saving and home improvement benefits. Upfront costs may be higher, but the long-term advantages make them worthwhile: you can avoid costly and unpredictable repairs, preserve the structural integrity of your home, and help protect it from additional water and weather damage. Plus, a new roof increases energy efficiency by better insulating your home from outside temperature fluctuations and reducing energy loss – something that becomes even more important with rising temperatures in the summer months. On top of these practical investments in your home’s well-being, a modern roof can also enhance its appearance, adding value to your property when it’s time to sell. Roof replacement is often one of the most important steps you can take for the future of your property.

  • Aesthetics  and curb appeal: Roofs typically make up a large portion of your home’s outward appearance. Not only does a new roof look attractive, but it also allows you to select a new color or style of shingle. 
  • Increased  energy efficiency: Today’s roofing materials have improved dramatically regarding keeping out the elements and reflecting sunlight. 
  • Peace  of mind: Knowing that the people and things you value most are protected from the elements while under your roof helps lessen stress during heavy rains and high winds.

Blackhawk Roofing has built replacement roofs for thousands of residential and commercial customers in Springfield and Central Illinois. We've also done hundreds of roof repairs. Blackhawk Roofing provides outstanding value on every project. Call owner Dan Schnell at 217-741-6251 to schedule a Free Estimate.

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