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Roofing 101 – Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace

Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace

Nobody likes to find out that their roof needs some work done. Many homeowners are guilty of ignoring even the most critical warning signs of roof damage, especially when the cost to have repair or replacement services done is high and expensive. 

The truth is, it may cost you more if you ignore the problems with your roof. On the other side, you might not need to worry just yet–being proactive with maintenance can be less costly!

You should assess the likelihood of repairing or replacing your roof before hiring experts so that you are aware of what you are getting into and can make an educated choice. Read on to learn more.

Assessing Roof Damage: Roof for Repair 

Many roof damage types that we see today are quite typical. In some instances, if they are caught in time, they can be fixed rather than calling for the installation of a brand-new roof.

  • Installation Issues

Watch out for lighting that is coated with a thick covering of asphalt. It frequently indicates shoddy workmanship and can have severe consequences. Additionally, look for kick-out flashing at the bottom or dormer wall intersections and crickets absent from behind chimneys. These missing parts can be installed by a roofing company for a lot less money than a full roof replacement would.

  • Major Leaks

On some modern roofs, insulation made of rubber, tar, and plastic is applied around vents and pipes. These materials fracture and degrade more frequently and more quickly than roofing materials. These are most likely the only parts needed and the simplest to fix if water is leaking at any of these locations.

  • Natural Damage

Most weather-related damages, such as blown-over limbs, minor wind damage, and minor storm damage, can be fixed. If a portion of the roof is only a few years old, it may only require restoration or re-roofing in order to be fixed, as opposed to being entirely replaced.

If you think a storm may have damaged your roof, you should have a qualified professional assess the extent of the damage.

  • Poor Ventilation

If you notice condensation on the underside of your roof deck, roof plywood delamination in the attic, or trouble keeping the second story cool on sweltering days, it’s possible that your attic needs more ventilation. Find out from a professional whether your home needs extra ventilation, and if so, employ that professional to install or repair it.

Assessing Roof Damage: Roof for Replacement

Contrary to the roof problems we have mentioned above, other roof problems could be insurmountable and irreparable. As such, if these problems are discovered, the complete roof will need to be replaced.

  • Age

If the bituminous shingles on your roof have a lifespan of 30 or 40 years, you should, at the very least, change them every 15 to 20 years. When your roof hits this age, you should start getting it checked out annually to see if it needs to be replaced.

  • Significant Degeneration

Both temperature and moisture have the potential to harm roofs. If the tiles are blistering, curling, or shrinking, if there are too many shingle granules in the gutters, if there are bare spots, or if there is excessive moss or algae growth, it may be time to repair the roof.

  • Lacking Shingles

Before things worsen, you should consider rebuilding your roof if more than a few shingles are missing. After all, it frequently serves as a warning sign for a more severe problem. 

  • Visible Sagging

The only way to repair structural issues like sagging plywood on the roof deck between the rafters is to replace the roof and the decking boards.


Indeed, there’s nothing like being proactive when it comes to maintaining the roof of our house. Now that you can assess the situation yourself, you can be in control of what comes next, such as preventing further damage and having fewer (or no) emergencies.

Are you in need of professional Castle Rock roofing contractors? Hennessy Roofing offers professional services from a team of experienced and skilled roof experts. Contact us today to learn more about us!