Roof Repair Vs. Roof Replacement: What McDonough Homeowners Should Know

Not Sure If You Need Roof Repairs Or Replacement?
This Article Can Help You Decide.

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Is your roof experiencing problems? If so, you might be wondering whether you need repair or replacement.

Most homeowners hope they can solve their roofing trouble with repairs because it’s cheaper than full-blown replacement. But there are certain circumstances where replacement is not only the better option… but can actually save you money.


To answer that, let’s look at some signs that determine which you might need…

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Signs You May Need Roof Repair

When it comes to roof repair, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s critical to get minor problems fixed as soon as possible. A small and inexpensive repair issue today can turn into a big, costly issue in just a few months.

A few missing or damaged shingles will likely only require repair work—especially if your roof is relatively new and in good overall condition. If a storm or fallen limb caused the damage, your insurance can likely cover the repair cost.

Another issue that may require repair is a small leak. Notice a constant drip in your attic, bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen? Have moisture marks or brown stains on the upper area of a wall? It could be the result of an isolated leaking problem—not a sign that your roof is in overall poor condition.

The key word here is “could.” As we mentioned a moment ago, it’s crucial to get small problems fixed ASAP. You may have an extremely narrow window to get the issue repaired before it becomes something much more serious (and costly!). An isolated leak today can grow and wreak serious structural damage to your home in just a few months.

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Signs You May Need Roof Replacement

One of the best ways to know if you need replacement? Determine the age of your roof.

Let’s face it—roofs aren’t meant to last forever. And though it might take decades, even the best roof eventually wears down. Some asphalt roofs can last up to 50 years with proper care. But lower-quality brands can start to break down in as little as five years (!!!). 

Here are some of the most common signs a roof is past its “expiration date”:

  • Water Or Moisture Damage: Brown stains, peeling paint, and mold on ceiling and walls can all mean extensive moisture damage. Not good!
  • Increasing Energy Bills: Believe it or not, your roof plays a big role in your home’s energy efficiency. Ever-increasing energy bills can be a sign of poor attic ventilation, which can also cause rot, moisture, and mold.
  • Substantial Visible Damage: Notice numerous damaged shingles? What’s underneath those damaged shingles could be an even bigger problem. If shingles are cracked, curling, or broken, moisture can penetrate deep down into your roofing system.
  • Significant Storm Damage: A big storm can shred an old roof like Swiss cheese. The devastation the storm causes could be too much for simple repairs to correct. In this instance, filing a roof insurance claim may help you cover the cost for replacement.

Just like with a car, it’s good to know when to send your roof “to the scrapyard.”

If you’re driving a 1992 clunker with 300,000 miles, you know repairs are a short-term fix; that car is going to break down. No number of trips to your mechanic can save it.

In this case, it’s best to get a new car rather than continue to sink money into temporary repairs. Plus, that new car will get better gas mileage and perform superbly for a LONG time before you need to worry about any kind of repair.

It’s the same with your roof. If you’re continually spending money on repairs to fix an old roof, you’re wasting your hard-earned dollars. It’s that simple. Knowing when to “let go” of your old roof will actually cost you substantially less in the long run. A new roof will perform better, cut down on your energy costs, and increase the value of your home.

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Not Sure If You Need Repair Or Replacement? We Can Help.

Our free roof inspection can get to the bottom of your roofing issues. We perform a thorough analysis of your roof to uncover any and all issues. We even take photos to show you proof if the problem.

We don’t do “Band-Aid” repairs on serious issues. And we don’t try to sell you a brand-new roof if you don’t need one.

We simply diagnose your problem, review the results with you, and then recommend the best course of action for your situation and budget. It’s really that simple.

If we determine a repair would suffice, we’ll recommend repair.

If we determine you’d benefit more from a new roof, we’ll recommend replacement.

No games. No pressure. No nonsense.

For a free roof inspection and quote, get in touch today. We would be honored to hear from you.