It’s hard knowing when you should have your roof replaced. And people will often put it off long after it’s due, for many reasons. First off, it’s not cheap, and you’re going to have to cover all of that cost, especially if you’re unable to make any sort of insurance claims.

Repairing your roof is a little different, however. If you’re wondering whether or not it’s not the right time to get your roof repaired, then you should probably have an expert come out and take a look at it right away! A damaged roof is only going to lead to more damage in your home and can eventually lead to some major problems or a complete roof replacement.

Workers on a new roof doing installation

Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement

You might be wondering if you can get away with a roof repair so that you don’t have to have the entire roof replaced. But that’s not always the case. So here’s the difference.

What is Roof Repair?

Roof repair is commonly used when there isn’t extensive damage to your roof. It’s a quick fix for when a row of shingles has come loose, been damaged by wind, or tree branches that fell during a storm. The best time to repair a roof is when your roof isn’t very old, and the damaged area isn’t too extensive. Knowing when a damaged area is too large can depend on your insurance company. Some insurance companies pay for the entire roof to be replaced if more than 30-50% of it is damaged.

Roofs don’t last forever, and the typical asphalt shingle roof will only last 15-25 years, depending on the quality of shingles that you purchase when you undergo the initial project.

Pros of Roof Repair

There are quite a few advantages to repairing your roof.

  • Prevents further damage to the home
  • Improves curb appeal and keeps your home looking great
  • Ensures your roof reaches its full lifespan
  • Boosts energy efficiency

Cons of Roof Repair

  • Sometimes can’t be completed
  • It can be expensive and not worth the cost
  • It can’t be completed without matching shingles (for example, your shingles have been discontinued)

Roofer making a roof repair

What is Roof Replacement?

Roof replacement is the process of removing all of the current roofing material from your home and replacing it with new material. For an asphalt shingle roof, all of the shingles would need to be removed, and then the roof would have new material put down. As mentioned early, roof replacements take place when shingles or your roof material reaches the end of its life or when the damaged area on your roof is too large for a simple repair.

Pros of Roof Replacement

  • Keeps your home looking beautiful
  • Adds value to your home and increases chances of selling quickly
  • Protects your home from future damage due to leaks or poor roofing integrity

Cons of Roof Replacement

  • It can be messy and cause hiccups in your day-to-day routine
  • It can be expensive

If you’re looking for a full roof replacement, repair, or inspection, contact us at Red Canyon Roofing today! We’d love to help your get your roof taken care of and ensure that your home always stays dry and safe from water damage. Reach out to us today!