When your roof springs a leak or needs new shingles, every homeowner should ask themselves: Should I repair or replace my roof? A newer roof with limited damage can easily be repaired, while older roofs should eventually be replaced, especially if they need repairs with increasing frequency.
When should you have your roof repaired, and when is the right time to replace your roof? Let’s take a closer look.
Repair Your Roof If:
- The damage is only a few shingles
- The damage is one limited area
- The roof is less than 12 years old
The right time to repair your roof is when the roof is young and the damage is limited. If a tree branch falls on your roof or a few shingles blow off in a recent storm, this can be fixed in less than a day, provided the rest of your roof is in good shape.
Composite shingle roofs, the most common type, last between 15 to 30 years, and newer roofs last closer to 30. If your roof is less than 12 years old, then you probably don’t need a replacement, yet.
Replace Your Roof If:
- The underlayment or beams are sagging
- Many shingles are missing or damaged
- The damage is extensive
- The roof is over 15 years old
Replace your roof if it takes regular damage and approaches the natural life span. Roofs near 15 years old today are nearing their lifespan end, and any repairs may be an indication that it’s time to schedule a replacement.
However, even a young roof can need replacement if the underlayment or beams are badly damaged or sagging from rot, or if too many shingles or too large a space is damaged to easily patch up.
Does your roof need repairs or replacement? If you are not sure, the easiest way to find out is with a roof inspection. Schedule your roof inspection with DFW Roofing Pro today to learn the age and repair needs of your home’s roof.