Is it better to repair or replace a roof?

When is roof replacement needed and when will a roof repair suffice? 

Your home is your castle, and your castle needs a new roof. Maybe you can get by with a roof repair for now. With the IRS filing deadline in the not too distant future, your budget is already strained, so can you have a roofing contractor do a repair roof without replacing the roof?  That is what we’re going to focus on in this article today.

So, maybe you have a roof leak. Does that mean roof replacement is the only option? Or can you get away with a roof repair for now, and just stop the leak? If you can just stop the leak with a temporary repair, how do you fix a leaking roof?  If you have an asphalt shingle roof, this is going to be easy, just follow these four steps and just a few basic roof repair materials: 

  • One: To start your roof repair, you need to find the leak by checking the ceiling for water stains, which if you know you have a leak, you probably know right where those stains are located. Now, walking around outside, look at the shingles and if any are cracked, curled, or missing, good chance that is where the leak is located. It is likely NOT where the stained ceiling is inside because the water travels downhill. You should confirm this by checking the attic for damp areas and where you see daylight coming in through the roof. 
  • Two: Fasten any curled shingles by using asphalt roofing cement, applying it under the curled shingle, then cover the edges of the shingle once you have it flattened out, pressing firmly so that it attaches to complete this simple roof repair. 
  • Three: Replace shingles that are damaged or missing with new shingles. When an asphalt shingle is cracked, it can’t be repaired, so replacement is the only option. To do this roof repair , remove any damaged shingles or pieces of shingles and remove any roofing nails that may be under the surrounding shingles, being careful as you do so not to damage the good shingles. Now, slide the new shingles under the shingle above it and beside it, then using 6d galvanized nails, fasten the new shingle at the top, securing the corners, and then cover the nail and any overlapping with the roofing cement. 
  • Four: Repair or replace any flashing that is damaged or missing, this is an important part of roof repair. This is especially important if you don’t see any issues with shingles. The areas where flashing should be located are prone for leaking if the flashing is damaged, loose, or missing. These areas are around the chimney, dormers, and valleys where two roofing angles meet. Using roofing cement in a caulk gun, seal or reseal the flashing so that it is flush with the roof, spreading the cement with a putty knife. 

Can you patch a roof instead of replacing it?

It is going to depend on severe the roof damage.  When you walk around your yard, to you find shingles, or pieces of shingles laying around? Do the gutters and downspouts have asphalt granules in them? Are you experiencing any leaks inside your house or have you noticed any water stains on the ceiling? The answer to these things can tell you what solution is the best, roof repair or roof replacement. 

Three basic questions will tell you whether you should go with a replacement instead of repairing the existing roof: 

  • What is the age of the current roof? If it has reached the 15 year mark or older, replacement is the better option. 
  • Are you staying in your home for another 15 to 20 years or longer? A new roof would be the better option because it is going to need it sooner or later. 
  • What does your budget have roof for? This is usually the decision maker. If you can afford a new roof and have answered all the other questions above, leaning toward a new roof, then get the new roof. 

Can I replace my roof in sections?

If there are only a few shingles missing here and there, replacing just those shingles is usually sufficient. However, if it  after a storm that you notice these missing shingles, you should have a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof. There could be damage to the decking or underlayment that needs more than replacing a few shingles. 

If half of your roof is damaged, or more, then the question of roof repair vs roof replacement is answered: roof replacement!  With that type of damage, reroofing could leave you a lot of problems going forward. You could also have trouble getting the new shingles to match the existing shingles. 

shingles on a roof

Will insurance cover leaking roof?

Is roof repair insurance covered? Maybe, maybe not, it all depends on your insurance company, your specific insurance policy, and the roofing issue.  If the roof is beyond its life expectancy and begins leaking, your homeowner’s insurance is going to cover repairs or replacement. If your roof shows signs of owner neglect, it won’t be covered by insurance.  Review your policy and follow up with your agent if you have any concerns or questions before you have the need to file a claim.

Yes, your home is your castle, and your castle needs upkeep.  Repair or replace the roof is minor when you compare those costs with the investment you’re making with buying a home. This is your future, not just the here and now. Need help with your roof repair or replacement in Tallahassee, FL? Call (850) 566-6504 today.