Does My Home Need Roof Repair or Roof Replacement?

Twice a year and after major storms, it’s important to do a visual inspection of your roof. As you do, you may notice the need for small repairs. But knowing where the line lies between needing roof repairs vs. roof replacement can be tough to navigate. 

Read on and let’s find the signs you need roof repair or replacement

How Much Damage Does Your Roof Currently Have? 

Minor damage means minor repairs.

If your roof lost a few shingles in one isolated area due to high winds or its age, then it’s smart to simply have your roof repaired. Damaged or missing asphalt shingles are pretty easy to fix, but for your safety it’s best to hire a roofing contractor to make the repairs

Common challenges: The tough part of replacing some asphalt shingles is getting the color right. Trying to match roofing materials so they blend with the remainder of your current roof can be a challenge. UV exposure has probably taken a toll on your roof, so even if you have shingles in the garage, they may be close but probably won’t match exactly. 

Solution: Ask your roofer to order shingles that match your existing color as closely as possible. 

Moderate damage can sometimes be repaired. 

Is your roof damage more sizable, yet confined to one side or area of your roof? If so, partial reroofing may be worth considering. It will be more cost-effective than a full roof replacement. 

Common challenges: Again, the difficult part of replacing a section of your roofing is finding the right color. You don’t want your new roofing to stand out from the remainder of your roof, but it probably will (to a degree) due to fading. 

Solution: Weigh the possibility of simply getting a new roof since you already have moderate damage to your existing one. It may make sense (and save time and money) to simply replace it and start fresh. 

Major damage should be addressed with roof replacement. 

Don’t risk incurring additional damage and the hassle and expense of repairs. If you have major damage, invest in a new roof. 

Common challenges: The financial investment can be significant with a new roof. 

Solution: Getting a roof when you need it is vital, making financing a new roof a worthwhile consideration. 

When Does It Make Sense to Invest in a New Roof?

1. How old is your current roof?

The age of your roof is a great indication of how soon it will need to be replaced. It’s “square one” on the journey of whether to repair or replace your roof. 

2. Is your roof leaking?

Do you have stains on the ceiling of your home’s highest floor? That’s a clear indication that your roof is leaking. Take a flashlight and go into your attic to investigate where the leak originated. It’s likely your roof. The longer you leave a leaky roof unaddressed, the more you have to clean up with repairs or replacement, and the bigger the cost. 

Water is your home’s enemy, and once it invades, unhealthy mold can set in (and grow!), and rot and damage to your home follows. Attic insulation can get wet from a leaky roof and will need to be replaced. 

3. What type of roof damage do you have?

Have you noticed missing or damaged roof shingles? Do you have bald spots on your roof due to missing granules? Are your shingles curling up? Does your roof look dented in places due to hail? If you have any of these problems, reach out to a reputable roofing contractor for a roof inspection. 

4. What is the weather like in your area? 

The possibility of rainstorms, tornadoes, hail, and other harsh weather common to the Memphis area means it’s important to address roofing issues promptly so they don’t create more damage to your house. Don’t risk the possibility of major roof damage if you simply have minor damage now. Take care of the problems when they are little. 

5. Are your gutters working properly?

Gutters may be small, but they have a big job. They channel water away from your exterior. If they become clogged (or if you don’t have any gutters), water can pool around your home’s perimeter, saturate the soil, and eventually negatively impact your foundation. Poorly functioning gutters can also back up into your roofing components, causing moisture damage to your roof. 

6. Is your roof sagging?

A sagging roof is a huge red flag that your roof needs immediate replacement. Contact a trusted contractor to have them inspect it and give you an estimate on a new roof. Don’t procrastinate if you have this situation, as your safety could be at risk. The integrity of your roof has been compromised, and it needs to be replaced. 

7. Can you see the sky from inside your attic?

If the sun peeks through inside your attic, contact a roofing professional to have your roof inspected and get an estimate on a new roof. 

8. Are your neighbors getting new roofs? 

In general, your roof is likely as old as most of the roofs in your neighborhood. So if your neighbors need a new roof, you may too. 

Get Precision Roof Replacement from Our Experienced Team

As your most significant investment’s protective layer, a new roof is a vital part of safeguarding your home from leaks and other damage. Keeping it in tip-top shape is essential

If you’re on the fence about whether to have your roof repaired or replaced, a professional inspection by a reputable roofing contractor (like us!) can settle the issue by giving you detailed facts to consider in the decision-making process. 

At Bluff City Exteriors, we have provided thousands of beautiful exterior renovations that give homeowners the gorgeous style and low maintenance they desire. Take a moment to learn more about how our roofing services can add value, protection, and beauty to your home.