Roofing Replacement vs. Repair: 7 Deciding Factors to Consider

Roofing Replacement vs. Repair: 7 Deciding Factors to Consider

All roofs deteriorate and eventually need to be replaced. But, when is the right time to replace your roof? If you do it too soon, you’ll waste money. If you wait too long, you risk ending up with roof leaks and expensive water damage.

Additionally, rather than a complete replacement, you may be able to simply have repairs made to your roof.

Roofing Replacement vs. Repair: 7 Deciding Factors to Consider

Here are a few factors to consider in deciding whether to repair or replace.

  • You roof’s age is one of the most important considerations. Most asphalt shingles have a lifespan of about 20 – 30 years. If the roof is damaged but most of it is still in good shape, a spot repair may make sense. But, if the roof is approaching (or past) 20 years old, replacing it may be the better way to go.
  • If there’s a leak somewhere, an inspection will help you determine how widespread it is. Often, roofs will leak along flashing points. If this is the case, and the leak is isolated, a quick repair may be all that is necessary. If the roof is leaking in several places, a roofing replacement may be in order.
  • Give some thought to how long you intend to be in the home. If you’re planning to sell in the next few years, and the roof is in generally good condition, it may make more sense to have repairs done.
  • If you opt to replace your roof, you may be able to incorporate environmentally-friendly features that qualify for local or federal tax credits to offset the cost.
  • If you’re replacing your roof, you may find that the type and/or quality of roofing material you use can qualify you for significant discounts on your homeowner’s insurance policy. Materials that are more resistant to fire or wind and hail damage will often result in lower rates.
  • As you consider the costs, you may or may not be able to lay another layer of shingles over the existing roof, rather than removing the current layer and starting “from scratch”.
  • If you’re thinking about replacing your roof, don’t forget to consider some of the associated “hidden costs”, including gutter replacement or landscape damage. A reputable roofing contractor will produce a comprehensive estimate detailing all of the project’s costs.

Consider Professional Advice

At All Roofing Solutions, we work regularly with homeowners considering the “replace vs. repair” question. As experienced roofing contractors, our dedicated team of professionals is ready to help you with all your roofing needs. With over 15 years experience in roof repair and installation, we make sure the job is done right, with quality products and following industry-leading standards.

Call today at 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania.
From new roof installations to comprehensive repairs, we’ve got your covered!


  1. Posted July 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    These are all good factors you have put together regarding the need for things to be replaced or repaired. Replacing allows you to use products that are current and new. Technology is finding ways to save energy more than ever these days. So having a new installation all together saves money in the long run..

  2. Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Great blog. I can’t think of an 8th. Thanks guys.

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