When to Repair, Patch, or Replace a Roof: Expert Tips for Homeowners

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you from the elements and keeps your family safe and dry. So when it starts to show signs of damage, it’s important to know whether to repair, patch, or replace it. In this blog post, we will discuss the three options and give you some expert tips on what to do!

How Do I Know Whether to Repair My Roof or Replace My Roof?

There are a few signs you can look for to determine whether your roof needs repairing, patching, or replacing. Here are some of the most common ones:

Roof Leaks

One of the most obvious signs that your roof needs attention is if you start seeing leaks in your home. Repairing a leak as soon as possible is key, as it can prevent further damage and expensive repairs down the road.

Missing Shingles/Tiles

If you notice shingles or tiles missing from your roof, it’s important to have them replaced right away. Not only does this leave your roof vulnerable to rain and wind damage, but it can also lead to water infiltration and mold growth.

Roof Age

The average lifespan of a roof is around 20-25 years. If your roof is starting to show its age, it might be time for a replacement.

Sagging Roof

If you notice that your roof is sagging, it’s a sign of structural damage and needs to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. If left unchecked, this could lead to more problems down the road such as leaks and mold growth.

What Are the Roof Repair Options?

When to Consider Roof Patching

Roof “patching” usually entails the replacement of only a few shingles. A patch, unlike a full repair, is less extensive and often required after a minor tree branch has fallen on your roof or modest wind has inflicted minor damage. In some situations, your roofer may even mend a leak; however, this will only work if the leak is localized to one area.

When to Consider Roof Repairs

There might be a variety of reasons why your roof may need to be repaired. For starters, contact a roofing repair company if you detect cracked, curling, or missing shingles/tiles, granules from shingles in your gutters, discoloration, moss, or algae on your roof; broken flashing or clogged gutters; and any minor leaks. If you notice any sunlight streaming in through your attic, contact a roofer right away to discover how big the hole is. If you have a small hole in your roof, it’s usually the best solution to repair it. On the other hand, if the holes become larger, you’ll need to consider complete replacement.

When to Consider Roof Replacement

Large or even minor cracks in your roof are a strong indication that it’s time to call for replacement. A leaking roof, on the other hand, may be the most obvious reason to replace it; however, this is far from the only consideration when deciding whether or not to replace your roof. Roofs that have begun to droop after years of water accumulation are also problematic. Roof deterioration is frequently linked to a sagging roof, which can be caused by a lot of rain. A metal roof may survive for 40-70 years, but it’s worth noting that no matter what type of roof you have, it will not last forever. If your home is several decades old and the roof is experiencing problems, you may be able to get away with repairing it. However, the older your home gets, and the more wear and tear your roof experiences, the greater the chance that it will be more cost-efficient to call for a complete replacement.

How Can I Justify the Roof Repair Cost?

If you’re like most people, one of your top concerns is probably cost. How can you justify spending money on a roof repair when the damage may not be that bad? The truth is, even small repairs can add up and become very costly if not addressed right away. Repairing a leaky roof, for example, can prevent water from seeping into your home and causing further damage such as mold growth. Furthermore, neglecting to fix a problem with your roof can lead to much larger – and more expensive – repairs down the road.

The best way to determine whether or not to repair or replace your roof is to speak with a professional roofer. They will be able to assess the damage and provide an estimate for the necessary repairs. At Crossover Roofing, we specialize in helping our customers navigate insurance claims, and offer 100% financing for our services.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

When looking for a roofing contractor, it’s important to choose one that is licensed and insured. Ask around for referrals and read online reviews before making your final decision. Crossover Roofing has over 25 years of combined experience and is proud to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We use only quality roofing materials from top manufacturers and offer a lifetime warranty on our metal roofs. We also offer a 4-star warranty on our asphalt shingle roofs. This warranty lasts for 50 years and covers labor costs and material replacement as well as disposing of old materials. When you want to deal with a company that backs up its work, contact Crossover Roofing.