Should you repair, patch, or replace your roof?
Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Your roof plays an important role in protecting your home from the elements. If damaged, your home could be at risk of water leaks and insulation problems—both of which can be costly! When you notice a problem with your roof, don’t let it go unnoticed. While you might save money in the short term, it could lead to more expensive problems down the line.
If an issue with your roof does occur, it’s important to call a roofing company so they can help you determine the best course of action to restore your roof. Depending on the severity of the damage, you can need anything from a repair to a patch to a full replacement! There’s no simple answer as to which your roof will require. In the meantime, this guide can help you decide whether repairing, patching, or replacing your roof is the right choice.
When to Repair Your Roof
Roof issues are usually discovered rather easily, and if found early enough, can help homeowners avoid major damage to their homes. When the issue with your roof is relatively small, you can usually get away with a simple roof repair instead of a full replacement (saving you both time and money!). A repair might be necessary if you notice:
Standing water – If there are puddles of standing water on your roof following a storm, this can seriously damage your roof and cause possible leaks.
Leaks or moisture – Roof problems become most apparent when homeowners experience leaks or excess moisture in their homes following a storm.
Small animals – If you see or hear animals crawling around on your roof, you’ll want to have a professional perform a roof inspection to ensure there is no damage to any of the shingles.
If any of these are present at your home, a professional can assess the damage. If only a few shingles are broken or there isn’t extensive damage, then a roofing company can determine if a roof repair is the best solution.
When to Patch Your Roof
If your roof inspection confirms that the damage extends beyond a few broken shingles, you might be wondering if a roof patch is a better (and more cost-efficient) option than a full roof replacement.
When inspecting your roof, you’ll want to look at the condition of your shingles. Are they cracking and weathered? Are they curling up at the ends? Are pieces of them breaking off and ending up in your gutters? If there are issues with the shingles throughout the entire roof, you might have a bigger problem on your hands.
In most cases, a roof patch is not the best option. While it might fix the cosmetic appearance of the shingles, it won’t necessarily address underlying issues. It can also detract from the appearance of your roof because it can be extremely difficult to match the new section with the old one—making the patch stick out like a sore thumb!
When to Replace Your Roof
While small problem areas can be addressed with a simple roof repair, you’ll need to determine if the extent of the damage constitutes a full replacement.
Luckily, the signs indicating you need a roof replacement are pretty straightforward:
Missing or warped shingles – As your roof ages, shingles are likely to become loose, fall off, or warp. If sections of your roof have become completely warped or bald of shingles, you’re exposing your home to more damage than you realize!
Water damage – When in your attic you might begin to notice a wet, mildewy stench—or worse, you might see visible moisture! If your roof is no longer acting as the much-needed barrier for your home and precipitation, it needs to be addressed right away.
Age – If you’re considering a repair but your roof is getting up there in age, a full replacement might be a better approach. If part of your roof is causing you trouble, it’s only going to be a short while before another part does and so on. A roof replacement will help you avoid future headaches.
Past repairs – Do you have your local roofing company on speed dial from all the repairs you’ve needed lately? If the repairs have seemed endless, a more cost-effective, long-term solution might be to have your entire roof replaced.
If you’re still not sure which option is right for you, don’t stress! Your job is to notice that there is a problem. A professional’s job is to determine what measures need to happen to restore your home’s roof.