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Roof Repair – When to Choose Roof Repair over Replacement

If you’re experiencing roofing problems, you have probably wondered what your options are. Roof repairs and replacements are the answer to your roofing issues, but it can be hard to know which one will likely benefit your specific situation more.

Before you decide to look at the costs of each it’s important that you think long and hard about what would be better for your roof. The last thing you’d want to do is to opt to repair your roof in an attempt to save money and only have it cause more problems down the line. However, it’s also not necessary to replace entire roofs if the problem is likely to be minor.

Here are some things to things Vertec Roofing suggest thinking about when choosing the best roofing option for you.

When Is Roof Repair Right?

Your Roof is Still New

If your roof was only recently replaced or built (in the last few years) then there’s probably no reason for you to rush into having it fully replaced again. Roofs are built to last quite a long time, with the right maintenance. Generally, roofs with asphalt shingles are likely to last between 15-25 years, those with wood shake roofs, can expect to get about 30 years of life out of them. And any buildings with a slate, tile or metal roof will probably be able to keep their roof for more than 50 years before it will need replacing.

Generally speaking, you won’t need to think about replacements for at least 10-15 years after it has been installed. However, that’s in an ideal climate.

Your Roof Shingles are in Good Condition

Looking at the shingles on your roof will give you a good idea on whether you need a replacement or repair. The shingles and their condition will tell you if the roof is worth salvaging. If the shingles are all still in place, the roof will likely benefit from just a repair and not a replacement.

Only a Minor Repair is Needed

If you’ve experienced roofing problems, you should know that the first step to have a professional inspect the roof. During the inspection, the contractor should be able to have a look at the roof at its entirety and advise on which roof repairs are necessary.

Sometimes the list of recommended repairs can be quite lengthy, from patching jobs to replacing multiple shingles. This is when you might consider replacements.

Other times, the list wont account for much at all. The experts might tell you that your problems can be fixed with simple repair jobs like replacing a flashing or swapping out a single shingle.

Your Roof isn’t Leaking

Noticed damages in your roof but it has yet to show a leak? You probably shouldn’t ignore it, but it also doesn’t require a replacement. More often than not, a roof problem without a leak means you’ll only need a repair rather than a total replacement. The fact that water hasn’t been flowing into the house means that it will likely be able to be patched with a quick repair.


Roof repair vs. roof placement is an age-old debate amongst roofers and home renovators alike. Each circumstance is unique and there are a number of factors that need to be considered before choosing between the two options. If your roof fits one or more of the above, roof repair would be a good option for you.

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