When you suspect that your roof needs repairs, it is often difficult to know whether replacement or repair would be the best solution. The last thing you want is to spend money on roofing repairs when what you actually needed was roof replacement. Here are some tips on how to determine which of those 2 options you need:

1. How severe are the damages?

If only a few shingles have blown away and your roof still looks fine, then roof replacement might not be necessary. You can order new shingles instead and replace them yourself or hire roofing specialists to do the job for you. On the other hand, if most of your roof needs replacing because water has started to seep in, roof replacement is needed. The roof structure may be compromised and you run the risk of your roof falling any time if it’s not replaced.

2. What kind of roof do you have?

If your roof was built many decades ago and has never been renovated before, roof replacement would be a better option than roof repairs because the materials used to build it are unsuitable for roof repair. All roofs require renovation after so many years and yours should not be an exemption. Also, take note that asphalt and clay tiles last only for around 50 years while slate tiles can last up to 200 years if maintained properly. It would definitely cost more to replace tiles or shingles that were installed improperly or too long ago rather than installing new roof tiles in the first place.

3. What roofing materials do you prefer?

Building regulations in every country state that every roof must be able to support its own weight and also that of snow in winter. If your roof’s structure is compromised in any small way, roof replacement would be the best option because roof repairs may only worsen the situation. They are expensive but it gives peace of mind knowing that your roof will not collapse on anyone inside your home or nearby after heavy rains or snowfall. Asphalt shingles are cheaper than clay or slate tiles so if your budget is very tight, asphalt shingles might suffice for roof repair even if they’ll need replacing within 10 years (which is faster than other types of roof shingles).

4. What roofing materials do you dislike?

If there are particular roofing materials that you don’t like, roof replacement is the way to go because repairs might use those materials – unless roof repair professionals are able to salvage some of your roof’s existing material. For example, if tar paper was used as part of your roof before, then roof replacement would be the only option if it needs renovating. Gradually replacing some parts of your roof with new ones would not be possible no matter how skilled the roofer is so it’s best to avoid this problem by simply getting rid of old types of roofs altogether and selecting new ones instead.

5. How much space do you have for a new roof?

The roofing material you choose will also depend on roof space availability. If replacing it is the only option for repairs, roofers will have to remove shingles or tiles around your roof perimeter before installing new ones. This means that some of your free space from removing these old materials would be reduced and a new roof might not fit properly. In this case, roof replacement is definitely a better option unless you can negotiate with a roofer to use the spare area for installation.


Finding roofing specialists is easy – just look for roofing repair companies in your local area. There are many roofing contractors to choose from but make sure you do business with one that has the right qualifications and experience to ensure roof replacement doesn’t cost too much or cause more problems than it solves. Always make arrangements for roof repairs before they become emergency situations because rainy seasons are always unpredictable.