Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?

Most homeowners can tell when there is something wrong with their roof. But few know how to fix the problem.

Homeowners sometimes jump to conclusions and assume that a minor leak means they need to replace their roof. Or, they might see a replacement as a major expense and try to avoid it at all costs.

roofing contractors putting the asphalt roofing. Roofers laying tiles on the roof while roofing a house outdoor.So, how can you tell when you need a simple repair and when you need to buckle down and replace the entire roof?

When to Repair Your Roof

Repairing your roof is a much more affordable option than replacing your roof. If you find yourself in any of the following situations, your roof probably just needs a repair.


Although a couple leaks in your roof may seem like a major issue, roofing contractors can fix most leaks with some patchwork.

However, untreated leaks can cause water damage to your framework. Once the framework has water damage, you will need to replace the entire roof. To avoid this, treat leaks immediately. As long as water damage affects only a small section of your roof, Edmonton roofers can fix the damage with a simple roof repair.

Missing Shingles

Roofers can also easily replace missing shingles. They will check the roof’s flashing details, pipe towers, and chimneys for soft spots. These areas may identify leaks or granular loss that resulted from missing shingles. Once they identify areas of water intrusion, they can replace flashing, shingles, seal vents, and pipe openings.

Curling Roof Shingles

If your roof shingles start to bend, repair the problem quickly. Curling shingles no longer protect your roof from the elements. To avoid water damage and prevent further damage, have a roofer replace the damaged shingles. Shingles can curl from poor installation, improper attic ventilation, or defective products.

Curled shingles can occur during a wind or rainstorm. They often only need minor repairs, and contractors can fix the damage within a few days.

If your roofer suggests repairing your roof now but recommends replacing your roof soon, start saving your money. Most homeowners can’t pay to replace their roof on short notice. Repairs can save you from the immediate cost of replacement. Over time, however, you may spend more money on numerous small repairs.

When to Replace Your Roof

Roofs endure constant wear and tear from sun exposure and moisture. Has your roof already suffered damage from storms or debris? Here are some signs to look for that will help you know when it’s time to replace your roof.

Algae growth

You most likely can’t avoid algae growth. The spores land on your roof and start to grow. Fortunately, if you treat algae quickly, you can avoid having to replace your roof. On the other hand, once you have algae has spread, you will need to replace your roof. You can eliminate algae in its early stages by having your roof cleaned by roofing contractors in St.Albert .

Roof Decay

Cracked or dried out shingles indicate deterioration underneath your roof. Roof decay weakens your roof’s structure and limits the amount of weight it can support. When your roof reaches this point, you will need to replace it.


It’s only a matter of time until every homeowner will need to replace their roof. Even if a roof has been properly maintained, if it is more than 50 years old, it may be safer to replace than repair.

Your roof’s lifespan depends on the type of shingles you have. Here are some common roofing materials and how long you can expect them to last:

  • Asphalt: Most homes have asphalt shingles. They usually last for 20 years, but hot and sunny climates may shorten their lifespan.
  • Cedar: Cedar shingles are beautiful and can increase the value of your home. Their lifespan is around 25 years.
  • Metal: Metal roofs generally last for about 50 years before they need replacing.
  • Natural slate: Most churches and historical buildings use natural slate. Slate roofs can last more than 100 years before replacement is necessary.
  • Synthetic cedar: Synthetic cedars combines the beauty of cedar with a longer lifespan. Homeowners usually can expect their roofs to last up to 50 years before replacement.
  • Synthetic slate: This material looks like natural slate, but is made with rubber and plastic. Synthetic slate generally lasts 50 years or more.

Even if you need to replace your roof, you may not have the finances. If this is the case, look into payment options other than paying out of pocket.

For instance, many homeowners use their home equity to finance a roofing project. Even if a repair only lasts 10 years, your home’s value will appreciate enough during that time to cover the replacement cost. Edmonton roofing companies may also provide financing options to help you cover the costs of roof replacement.

The best way to determine if you need a repair is to have your professional roofing company assess your damages. Call A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP today to help you decide between repair and replacement.


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