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What Are the Pros and Cons of Doing a Full Roof Replacement Vs Roof Repair?

pros and cons of full roof replacement vs roof repair

Will I need a full roof replacement or a partial repair?

This question is frequently asked by homeowners after an inspection has been completed. Truth be told, there are many factors that can influence the answer. For example, what is the extent of damage your roof has sustained? What is the age of the roof? What material was used in your previous install?

Since it is not as simple as choosing fruit from the local grocery store, it requires careful planning, research, and confidence in your contractor. The contractor you choose must be able to make great repairs and offer a guarantee against future leaks in the area they are repairing. This is crucial when it comes to protecting your home as well as your money. Note that we will not provide a warranty on the repairs if we are unable to do so.

There are ways to ease your burden. Learn more about roof replacements and roof repair.

Roof Repairs

If you catch the problem early enough, roof repairs can be a great option. A roof repair is often the best option. If it’s caught in time, it’s almost always better. If your roofing materials are still in good condition and there is a leak, we recommend a repair. This will fix the leak and any other issues that could be causing you problems in the future. We will ensure that your roof is in good condition when we leave your house.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons to roof repairs so you can make an informed decision.

The pros

  • Low cost: A roof repair costs less than a full replacement. This option is ideal if you have a fixed budget to complete repairs.
  • It takes less time. You can have your roof fixed in a matter of days. You can also expect minimal mess, which makes it easier to clean up, and reduces costs.
  • Functionality is important – roof repairs are the best way to increase the longevity and durability of your roof. This can add years to your roof, and help prevent costly leak repairs down the line.
  • It’s an easy way to improve the aesthetics of your roof without spending too much.

The Cons

  • Higher costs per square – because the area to be repaired is smaller, it will cost more. Repairs are typically slower because we have to tie into an older roof.
  • It can be hard to find the right replacement parts, especially for shingles. It can be difficult to find the perfect match if your property or home is older, therefore making it more difficult to match your color.
  • Higher probability of undetected damage- Since the roof isn’t being replaced entirely, it is possible that other areas are failing that you don’t know about. Which in turn will leave you calling contractor once more for additional repairs if the damage becomes more severe.

Roof Replacements

Roof replacements may be complete or partial depending on the extent and severity of the damage. These are the pros and cons.

The pros

  • You will get a high return on your investment – You will have peace of mind knowing that you invested in a home appreciating renovation.
  • It can improve the appearance of your home – There are many options available today. You have the option to choose from the most current design, color and style, which will add curb appeal and value to your home.
  • The roof replacement will increase the property’s value – If you are planning to sell your property or home soon, this will make your property more attractive.
  • It’s easy to find reliable contractors – professional certified contractors can provide roof replacements. 

The Cons

  • It takes longer – Roof replacements can take up 14 days to plan, obtain permits, schedule, and if there you have an event coming up, you may have to plan accordingly.
  • Noise and fallout can cause distress – constant banging over a prolonged period of time can be disruptive for those living in the house. This is especially true if you have children or pets, as well as elderly members.
  • Roof replacements can be expensive. This is due to the high costs of labor, materials and the time required to complete the project professionally and efficiently. 

Which one is right for you?

Roof repairs can be a temporary fix for a leaky roof, but a roof replacement is possible if the roof has sustained severe damage.

It is worth noting, however, that roof replacement may be the best option if there are frequent leaks. Roof replacement is a viable, long-term option. Experts recommend it as a good investment that will give you peace of mind and a sturdy roof that is leak-proof for a longer time.

Roof replacements are now done with the most modern techniques, tools and equipment. They are also of higher quality than those done in the past. 

The Key Takeaway

You can now make an informed decision on which option you want to choose by reviewing all of the pros and cons. Get in touch with a professional contractor to inspect your roof sooner than later!

An experienced contractor can help you find the best option within your budget.


Have more questions? Give Boss Roofing a call at 815-590-2677