Every homeowner knows the dread that comes with finding a leak in the roof. It’s not just the immediate mess but the knowledge that you’re on the clock to find a solution before the next storm. In the face of this, a question emerges: is it better to replace or repair a roof?

If there is only minor damage affecting a small area, a simple repair should be sufficient. Repair or replacement depends on the extent and severity of damage. But roof replacement is recommended if the damage covers more than 30% of the entire roof.

Unfortunately, the decision to repair or replace your roof isn’t always easy. Dunsmore Exteriors Roofing can inspect e, you’ll make the right choice.

What should I consider when deciding to repair or replace my roof?

When deciding to repair or replace your roof, consider the age of the roof, if the roof is leaking, the extent of damage, geographical area, and cost implications.

Roof age – Different roofing materials have different lifespans. For instance, asphalt roofs last 20 to 30 years, while steel or metal roofs last for 50+ years. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, replacing it may be more practical and cost-effective than making continual repairs.

Roof leaks – A leaky roof is one of the most trying issues a homeowner will face. The extent and location of the leak are significant factors in deciding whether an entire roof replacement is required. If there are multiple leaks or signs of damage to the roof structure, replacement would be the more sensible option

The extent of damage – If you’re already considering replacement, your roof has likely lost its aesthetic

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appeal or sustained physical damage. You need to work with a professional roofing contractor to inspect the extent of roof damage and decide the best course of action.

Geographical area – The location of your home and its exposure to extreme weather conditions can affect the longevity of your roof. Maryland, for example, experiences a wide range of weather, from sunny, hot days to wind-driven rain and even snow.

A roof that’s frequently exposed to harsh weather conditions might need to be replaced sooner than one in a milder climate.

Roof replacement cost – While a roof repair is typically less expensive upfront, the cost of repeated repairs can quickly add up. Compare repair costs to long-term benefits of a replacement, and factor in durability for weather conditions. Make an informed decision for long-term home integrity.

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Is patching a roof worth it?

Spot repairs are the most inexpensive solution for restoring function and beauty to your roof. If done properly, minor repairs can extend the life of your roof before a complete roof replacement is needed.

However, before you patch your roof, have a roofing professional complete an inspection for structural damage. If your current roof sustained moderate to extensive damage, you may need a complete replacement.

Can you replace one section of a roof?

Yes. You can repair a specific section of your roof if it is determined by a roofing expert that only that section needs repairing. The roofing company may even be able to complete the repair that same day.

However, repairs do not last forever. To make sure your roof lasts as long as possible, it’s important to perform regular inspections and roof maintenance. This includes inspecting for missing shingles, checking for signs of wear and tear, and replacing any sections that have sustained damage

Missing shingles on roof

Missing shingles should be replaced as soon as possible. Shingles add a protective layer to the roof sheathing. Even a small spot with missing shingles can let water seep into the roof decking and underlayment, causing wood rot.

When it comes to roofing, proper maintenance is key. Regularly inspecting the roof for damage and making sure that it is properly sealed can help to prolong the life of your roof and minimize costs in the long run.

It’s important to take care of minor roofing issues promptly so they don’t become more serious later.

Having a professional roofer inspect your roof regularly can help to detect any problems before they become too serious. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, a professional can help you decide if repair or replacement is the best course of action for you.

Professional roof installation or repair

There’s no way to know for sure if you need a roof repair or replacement without a roof inspection. That’s why you need to contact the professionals at Dunsmore Exteriors Roofing. Our expert team of roofing contractors takes pride in conducting honest inspections.

Following the inspection, we’ll advise you on the best option and use quality tools and materials for the roof repair or replacement. Contact us today to schedule a roof inspection.