Does your roof need replacing, or would a few simple repairs do the job? This is a dilemma is something that every homeowner is eventually going to face, especially after a strong thunderstorm or windstorm. Understandably, it can be extremely expensive to replace an entire roof, but it can cost even more to allow it to deteriorate to the point where other areas of your home are ruined. Thus the following includes further information that may help you determine if damages to your roof require an entire replacement or repairs. 

Age Matters

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is continuing to repair small problems over and over again. Although small damages usually don’t warrant an entire replacement, they must be taken as a red flag when they occur so often. A common reason for recurring damages, especially those that are found within the same places, is because of the age of the roof. Although manufactured to withstand the elements, roofs do have an “expiration date” of sorts. A vast majority of roof manufacturers will state that their roofs can last between 25 to 30 years. This means that if your roof is older, it’s likely the cause of your constant damages, and a roof replacement must be performed. 

Extend of Damage

One or a few broken roof shingles should only require some repairs. This also applies to other parts of the roof, such as the flashing. However, the extent of the damage should also be taken into heavy consideration. For example, a few broken shingles may not seem like a big deal, but what exactly is the extent of the damage? Has rain already penetrated your roof? Are other shingles around the area affected? All these factors will determine if a quick repair is all that is needed or there is a more serious issue that requires the replacement of your roof. 

As you can see from the information above, deciding whether to repair or replace your roof is often not as straightforward as people may believe. That is why it is highly recommended to speak with a professional roofing company to determine the extend of the damages and offer you guidance as to what you should do next.