Repair vs Replacement: What You Need to Know

shingle roof repair vs replacement

As your roof ages, one of the questions you may be facing is whether to repair or replace it. Here are a few guidelines to take into consideration when you are confronting this decision:

Age of the Roof

All roofs wear out and fail over time.  However, the projected lifespan typically depends on your location, the maintenance tasks you have had done on the roof, and the quality of shingles.  A well cared-for roof with proper ventilation can outlive identical shingles that are poorly applied and have been the victim of many storms.


The degree of damage to your roof will also play a role in whether you choose shingle roof repair rather than a replacement. Some conditions that might make shingle roof repair a better choice include:

  • Only a few broken or missing shingles
  • Missing caulk around the flashing
  • Flashing is coming loose around the edges

On the other hand, a replacement might be needed if one or more of the following signs are noticed:

  • Your roof is sagging in certain areas
  • More than half of the roof it is damaged
  • Your shingles have lost a great deal of their granules
  • Shingles are curling
  • Moss or algae is growing on your shingles
  • Flashing is rusted or otherwise decayed

Avoid Partial Roof Replacements

You may believe that if only part of your roof is damaged, an entire roof replacement is not needed. While replacing only part of a roof can save you money now, it may wind up costing you money in the long run. It’s generally cheaper to have an entire roof replaced at one time rather than having half done now and the other half later. A roof replacement allows us to purchase all the materials at one time, and only requires the roofing contractor to set up equipment once. A full replacement can also be accompanied by a valuable warranty, whereas a partial replacement will not.

If you are uncertain whether your Florence, AL roof requires a replacement or simply needs shingle roof repair, please contact us at Yellowhammer Roofing.  We will provide you with an honest estimate on quality work that will provide your home with protection for many years.

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