Should You Patch or Repair Your Roof? Repair Vs. Replacement

Should you patch, repair, or replace your roof
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A roof is one of the major investments you can make as a homeowner. Besides improving your home’s aesthetic appeal, a roof adds an element of security and privacy. Moreover, a roof increases your home’s value. 

Unfortunately, much like any other part of the house, a roof undergoes significant amounts of changes as they age. Ignoring such changes could lead to further damage, which becomes expensive and arguably, inconveniencing. 

Such changes warrant immediate action, which begs the question, should you patch, repair or replace your roof? Here is a guide on whether you should repair or replace your roof as a solution.

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Warning Signs That You Need to Patch, Replace, or Repair Your Roof

Below are the signs you ought to look out for on your roof:

  • Sagging roofs
  • Rot, leaks, and visible sunlight
  • Discoloration, moss, or algae
  • Shingle granules in the gutter
  • Curling or cracked shingles
  • Actual missing patches
  • An old roof. Generally, roofs have different lifespans. Depending on the type of roof and shingle, your roof may need regular repairs or replacement if it is 20 years and above.

When to Repair Your Roof

How do you know that repairing your roof is the better idea? Your first instinct should be to consult a professional roofer. 

Roof repair is often the first thing that most homeowners consider. Generally, repairs often represent a gentler overlay, financially and in terms of efforts. Below are circumstances where repairing your roof makes more sense than the alternative your roof.

Minor Damages

Minor damages do not call for replacements. Such minor damages or issues ordinarily include molds, leaks, or issues with small areas of your roof. Replacing a few shingles also qualify as minor damages. In such cases, replacing your roofs will be excessive.

Recent Replacement

If you replaced your roof recently, a repair makes more sense than another replacement. Roofs are designed to last decades. As such, some damages from a snowstorm or heavy rains may not suffice for a replacement. Call a professional roofing contractor to help provide the appropriate solution before making a decision.

Tight Budget

Replacing your roof can be quite expensive, especially if you have to pay for it out of your own pocket. Therefore, if you don’t have the money at your disposal, going for a repair makes more sense. 

It is essential to include an expert when making such a decision. What may seem like a significant problem may actually require some targeted repair work.

When to Patch Your Roof

Essentially, the only time you should patch your roof is when there are no roofers available due to constant rain. You should never patch your roof as this kind of “repair” is not going to last very long.

If you have a hole in your roof caused by strong winds or other factors, you need to repair it as soon as possible. However, if the any damage caused by storms has a few roof areas and you are not ready to replace your roof, then this is when you can patch some affected roof areas before contacting an insurance adjuster to pay for the replacement of your roof.

Regardless of the cause of your roof damage, you need to complete the repair work before the weather strikes again or contact your insurance company to pay for a new roof right away (if your roof shows signs of storm or wind related damage).

When to Replace Your Roof

Should you repair or replace your roof? Unfortunately, some roof damages and situations are beyond repair. What do you do when you cannot patch or repair your roof? Roofers recommend the third option, replacing your roof. 

Roof replacements start to factor into the discussions when patching or repairing is insufficient. Below are some of the scenarios when you need to replace your roof:

The Roof is Older

As previously mentioned, the average lifespan of a roof is around 20 years. If your current roof is older than 20 years or its stated lifespan, chances are it is less efficient and may need replacement.

Extensive Damage

If your roof has faced extensive damages, replacement may seem like the more sensible option. Some common instances of extensive roof damage include rotting beams or extensive molds covering a large expanse of your roof. 

Generally, if the roof damage exceeds 30% of the total roof area, consider replacing your roof immediately.

Recent Natural Event

Unfortunately, roofs are prone to damages during extreme weather. Strong winds, heavy snows, and driving rain can all cause significant damage that weakens your roof’s structural integrity. The damage caused by such events may be hard to notice to some. 

In addition, the damage can also be hard to estimate from a superficial inspection. Some of the underlying and probably undetected damages include cracked beams. 

Therefore, if there has been a recent extreme natural event, contact a professional to conduct a thorough inspection to ascertain any underlying conditions that may require replacement.

The Relative Repair Costs

Even though repair makes more financial sense, there may be some instances where the cost difference is minimal. Therefore, if the repair costs put you a few hundred bucks within replacement costs, you might want to spring for a replacement. 

As such, you can comprehensively deal with the diagnosed issues and enjoy the fresh curb appeal that comes with replacements. Besides, most roofers consider replacement a long-term investment.

Non-Compliance with Codes

If your current roof does not comply with updated building codes or any HOA regulations, that alone could put you in trouble. The option at this point may be to replace your roof. 

However, even though this might not be a problem while holding possession of your property, it may affect you when you decide to resell your house in the future.

Should You Replace or Repair Your Roof?

Lastly, if you are tired of frequently patching and repairing your roof, replacing it may seem like a good idea. You can also decide to get a new roof simply to enjoy the pros of a fresh, stronger, and more visually appealing roof. 

Should you patch, repair, or replace your roof? Talk to your local expert roofer before making wild decisions. Chances are, you don’t need a replacement or repair. Expert analysis will help you make an informed decision.

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"I called Mr Happy House after reading the great reviews, and I was not disappointed! Mike and his crews are extremely professional and conscientious. They performed various outdoor repairs including power washing, repaired my Hardie Siding, repaired squirrel damage on the roof, and painted my entire house. Mike oversaw every aspect of the job and made sure everything was perfect. The price was very reasonable, and I will definitely be calling Mr Happy House for future jobs!"
Liz Blasingame
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The Woodlands, TX
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"Mike has been great at getting our siding and trim repaired on the exterior of our house. He was very thorough and the completed work is fantastic."
Dior Xu
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The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"2nd time work with Mike and his wonderful crew. They worked so hard to paint our whole house perfectly. We are so impressed with how fast and how flawless they got the job done. We really appreciate all of them! Yay for Mike and Mr. Happy House!"
Ashley Donaldson
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Spring, TX
Read More
"Mike was great to work with. He explained all that needed to be done to install a quality roof that would last. Had other quotes but other contractors were not as informative and did not include everything that was needed. Mike’s crew was courteous, did an excellent job and completed the work in a timely fashion. If you are not familiar with working with insurance adjusters be sure Mike meets with them when you set up a meeting. This was helpful in my case and made the claims process run smoothly. I am very pleased 😀 with his service and recommend him to my neighbors of which two have used him across from my home."
Bradley Faldyn
Bradley Faldyn
Spring, TX
Read More
"Mike and his crew are top notch. Honest and detail oriented. Customer satisfaction and high quality workmanship are outstanding!!! Very satisfied with our new roof!!!"
Mark Rodrigues
Mark Rodrigues
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"My house needed new siding, soffits, and fascia. After seeing another job Mike had done, I requested an estimate. The pricing was fair to me, so he went to work. Everything was completed with Hardie products. The house was painted to my desires and I can honestly say I am more than happy. He paid great attention to the details and ensured the work was of the highest quality. The next time I need work done, I will be contacting Mr. Happy House."
Bradley Utz
Bradley Utz
Tomball, TX
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"Very impressive! I needed to have my house roof replaced. I am very glad, very grateful, and very satisfied that I chose Mr. Happy House for this job in July 2018. The crew was thorough in planning, removing old shingles, hammering new ones, examining the roof for trouble spots and attending to them on-the-spot, and cleaning up as the work completed. Mike Monyak and his entire team are professional, attentive, fair, competent and courteous; they did exceptionally well what they contracted to do. I trusted my roof upgrade with Mr. Happy House and will confidently use this company as the need arises in the future."
Ken Baird
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"I had Mr. Happy House replace my wood siding with Hardy Plank Siding. Mike and his team did an excellent job replacing the siding and with the great paint job. They offered great suggestions and really paid attention to detail. I highly recommend Mr. Happy House! Nice job and thank you Mike and taam! Ken B"
Brittney Duffy
Brittney Duffy
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike with Mr. Happy House has been our go-to contractor in The Woodlands for 10-15 years. Hiring a contractor can be anxiety-provoking, but Mike is a true professional. It is always a relief knowing the work will be done right the first time. Mike also takes the time to listen and is very thorough in explaining what needs to be done and offering alternative options available. Over the years, we’ve been so happy with Mike’s services that we’ve hired Mr. Happy House for fencing, roof replacement, fascia and soffit replacement, rotted exterior window frame replacement, exterior house painting, pressure washing, and other home maintenance. If you’re looking for a professional, knowledgeable contractor, don’t hesitate to give Mike with Mr. Happy House a call!"
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