Repair or Replace, that is the Question

Repair or Replace, that is the Question

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roof repair or roof replacementSometimes there’s no question that you need a roof replacement and you and your roofing company both agree. However, there are other times when you could repair the problem, but a roof replacement would be better. How do you decide what the right answer is and move forward? Here are a few tips that may help you make the right decision for your home and budget.


Weather is unpredictable. Although it’s not hurricane season, strong storms can happen anytime. If you choose to have your roofer perform a roof repair rather than a roof replacement, will your family still be safe? Safety should be your biggest deciding factor when choosing between a roof repair and replacement. If the repair can’t protect your family from a storm, choose to replace the roof.


If you’re in a HOA and you attempt to repair your roof will you be fined by your HOA. Each community is different. As shingles age, it becomes more difficult to make a repair blend into the existing roof. Although it’s not as big a consideration as your family’s safety, it can be frustrating to spend money on a repair, only to be told you’re out of compliance with your HOA and end up replacing the roof a few months later.


Sometimes you end up repairing time and time again. If your roof requires frequent repair, you might want to consider a roof replacement. Eventually it just becomes cost prohibitive to continue repairing anything that really should be replaced.

Extent of Damage and Age of Roof

Sometimes the roof leak caused extensive damage inside your attic or home. Although a roof repair can stop the leak, the rest of the damage can’t easily be handled by a roof repair. One example is when not only is there a hole in a shingle but also the roof deck has significant damage. In order to repair the roof deck, the shingles for the entire area need to be replaced. If the roof is nearing the end of its life or you have multiple layers of shingles from a previous roof replacement overlay, it’s just not cost effective to repair it when you look at the useful life of the repair.

Russ Noyes Roofing will always give you an honest answer as to whether a roof repair or replacement is a better option. If you choose a roof repair, you can take comfort in our guarantee that the leak will be repaired and that we’ll put 5% of the repair cost into your Roofing Rewards Program account so you can have some funds for a future repair or replacement. Call 407-388-7700 today to learn more about our roof repair and replacement services.

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