Should I choose roof replacement or 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.

Residential and Commercial Roofing Projects
Blackhawk Roofing
April 21, 2021

Roof Replacement vs. Roof Repair Considerations

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

Do you know when your current roof was installed? Depending on the type of roofing material used, its age may be a good indication of when to replace a roof.  If your roof shows signs of aging and has suffered storm damage, leaks, or other problems, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it. Replacing an older, damaged, or failing roof, rather than repeatedly paying for roof repairs, can be worth the investment whether you intend to stay in your home for several decades or plan to sell soon. 

Roof Leaks

A leaky roof is one of the most common reasons homeowners need roof repairs or reroofing. If you’ve seen water stains inside your home that run across ceilings or run down your walls, the cause could be a leaky roof. Finding the roof leak source can often be tricky, but a professional roofing contractor can help with the process. Regardless of the source of your leak, it’s essential to solve a leaky roof problem sooner rather than later — something that begins as a small leak can eventually lead to more significant issues, such as:

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

The Extent of Roof Damage 

If you’re deciding between a roof repair or roof replacement, then it’s likely your roof has either deteriorated in appearance or has suffered other physical damage. Working with a trusted roofing contractor can help you better understand the extent of any roof damage you may have so you can make the right decision for your home and budget. Signs of roof damage will differ slightly between various types of roofing material but generally fall into two main categories: aesthetic damage and structural damage.

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

Of course, the cost of getting a new roof is one of the most significant considerations for homeowners when it comes to a reroof vs. repair.In general, roofing repairs will cost less than a complete reroof project; however, if you’re paying for a slew of repairs over a few years, they might eventually exceed the cost of an entire roof replacement. We can provide you with an estimate to help you weigh the options of what might be the most budget-conscious solution without putting your home at risk from a failing roof and may offer roof financing options.While a complete roof replacement might initially be more expensive, you won’t have to pay for successive repairs, especially if there are multiple trouble spots on your roof’s surface. Plus, a new roof can offer peace of mind, knowing that what you value most under your roof is protected from the elements.

When to Get a Roof Repair

Minor Damage

If you need to repair a small portion of your roof or replace a couple of shingles in an isolated area with minor wind damage, replacing damaged material in that section can be relatively inexpensive and straightforward. Damaged, torn, or missing asphalt shingles, for example, can usually be replaced with new ones reasonably easily. One downside to this approach is matching roofing materials so that the repaired area blends in with the rest of the roof. For example, if you have spare shingles leftover from a previous reroofing job, the colors may be close but may not match exactly due to exposure. Another option is to ask your roofing contractor to order shingles that correspond to the existing color as closely as possible.

Moderate Damage

If the damage to your roof is more significant but confined to one side or area of your roof, partial reroofing may be an option, and it’s likely to cost less than a complete reroofing project. Again, one downside to a partial reroofing project is aesthetics. It may be harder to match the color of the new roofing materials with the existing ones. Over time, roofing material can fade due to exposure to the elements. As a result, the newly reroofed portion may stand out from the rest of the roof.

Benefits of a New Roof 

While more expensive up front, a new roof may save money in the long run by avoiding the potential cost of multiple repairs or additional damage. Additionally, a new roof offers the following perks:

  • 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

Blackhawk Roofing has specialized in commercial and residential roofing since 1995. Over the years, we've built new and replacement roofs for thousands of customers in Central Illinois.