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Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof? How to Decide

Advice for how to proceed when issues with your roof arise.

By Lizzie HowardPublished about a year ago 3 min read
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The roof is an important piece of the home and keeps the interior dry and comfortable. By being an essential part of the home, it is important to remember that it will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. However, you need to be able to know how to decide. Below are a few ways to base it upon.

The Age of the Roof

Although a roof has a high amount of durability and keeps your home interior protected from the outside, this does not mean it will last a lifetime. The material used in a roof has its own qualities that determine how long they last. When you know how long a material typically lasts, then you will be able to determine if parts need replacement or repair. A good example is asphalt shingles and the fact that they will need to be replaced 20 years after being installed.

The Condition of the Roof

Once you know how old your roof is, you need to consider its condition and the amount of damage it has. This will be important following a heavy storm that had occurred recently. Sometimes, if the damage is significant, the amount of needed repair may seem huge in nature and replacement may be a better idea. An example of this would be when a tree falls on your roof and it destroys it.

When this is the case, then you would benefit the most from a roof replacement in Austin. Having your roof replaced will be a good choice when the roof sustains more than 30% damage. However, you may not be aware of any underlying damage so it will be a good idea to contact a roofing professional to check out your roof.

The Affected Area

The area of the roof that is affected may need to be repaired or replaced and if the damage is only isolated to one area, then repair may only be needed when a leak is present. If the leak is in more than one space, then a replacement will be better.

Amount of Time You Have Lived in the Home

When a home has been lived in for a while, you may decide to have home improvement conducted so that the home’s value can increase. If this is your plan and you decide to sell, then you will need to ensure that you have enough time to get it accomplished prior to it being listed.

If your living situation has changed and a move is needed, then replacing your roof may not be a good idea due to the amount of time required. With different factors to be considered, the amount of time a roofing company needs for the project may be too long.

Is an Insurance Claim Involved?

When it comes to the price of a roofing repair or replacement project, you may not be able to handle the cost on your own. Plus, the cost will also involve the size of the roof and the amount involved. If this is the case, then making a claim with your homeowner's insurance will be a good thing. When the issues or damage are no fault of your own, then the insurance will cover the amount for repair or replacement.

While homeowners insurance differs, you need to be sure that you get all of the details of your policy and know what is and what is not covered and the circumstances. When a replacement is needed due to age, then you can expect to be paying out of your own pocket for a roof replacement.

If you get a hold of a reputable roofing contractor, they should be able to provide you with an estimate that your budget can work with so that you are not spending more than you should.


When you have all of the necessary details and information regarding roof repair and replacement, you will be able to decide which is best for your situation. If you feel uncertain of how to get started or need more information, then get in contact with us today for an estimate.


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Comments (1)

  • Karsten Stephensabout a year ago

    Interesting read, did you recently have a roof replacement?

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