Repair or Replace Your RoofIf your roof has sustained damage, you’re probably thinking “Will a repair be sufficient or do I need to replace it?” It’s important to know the correct answer. Replacing your roof is certainly more expensive, but it’s not as expensive as repairing a roof which actually needs to be replaced. Here are some tips so you can have an informed conversation with your roofer.

When Repairing is Good Enough

Luckily there are several cases in which it is enough to simply repair whatever damage is done. Here are a few examples:

  • If a single or a few specific shingles have been affected.
  • If the damage is confined to one area of the roof, you can replace that section of it and will save you thousands of dollars.
  • If the roof is leaking, usually an inspection and repair will suffice.

Make sure to check if shingles are covered in moss or algae—these should be replaced for cosmetic reasons. Continue to check if your metal flashing is rusting, and if you see signs of rust on a metal roof, be sure to contact your roofer for inspection.

When You Need to Replace

Typical roofs last between 20-25 years, although high quality roofs which are well maintained may last for over 30 years. As a general rule of thumb, if your roof is older than this or beginning to show problems, replacing it makes more sense than attempting to fix an aging roof.

  • Burling or curling shingles are a main sign you should replace your roof. Burling or curling is a sign that the shingles are past their age of expectancy.
  • If new shingles are burling or curling they are defective.

There are a few things you should check as you inspect the health of your roof:

  • Check your roof valleys: these are important as snow and rain flow through valleys into gutters.
  • Check that your shingle tabs are intact or that entire shingles themselves are not missing or cracked.
  • Check your attic: if there is daylight coming through the boards this is a clear sign you should replace the roof.

Using this checklist as a guide should help you as you determine whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced.

General Roof Maintenance Tips

In addition, a sagging roof is a structural problem and should be taken care of when noticed, so it does not cause more issues down the road. Next chance you get, check if your chimney flashing is made of roof cement or tar. If so, it might be time to replace it with a new metal flashing system. If you see shingle granules in the gutters, take note—roofs lose more when they are at the last stages of their life.

If you need information about your roofing insurance, check here, for some helpful tips.

Before you make any big decisions about your roof, you need to get your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor. Make it All Weather Tite, expert certified and insured roofers dedicated to serving Central and Eastern Massachusetts as well as parts of greater New England.