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When to Replace Your Roof: Top Reasons for Roof Replacement

When to Replace Your Roof: Top Reasons for Roof Replacement

When it comes to roof damage, it can be hard to tell when it’s time to repair or replace your roof. Water leaks, damaged ceilings, and missing shingles are all cause for alarm, but roof damage doesn’t always require a brand new roof. Instead of overthinking the problem, it’s a good idea to know when to replace your roof instead of repairing it.


How Much is Too Much Damage?

It’s a good idea to replace your roof if you notice signs of excessive damage, and previous repairs just aren’t holding up. Roof sags, broken roof shingles, water stains, or roof collapse are all telltale signs something your roof will need more than minor repairs.

It’s important to consider not only the extent but the size of the damage. That will also determine when it’s time to replace your roof versus a few minor repairs. Plus, ignoring roof damage comes with serious risks that impact everyone within your home. Sometimes, it’s a safer option to replace your roof, rather than just repair it.


Think of the Long-Term Investment

Fixing your roof is an expense, no matter how you approach the problem. However, replacing your entire roof can be a beneficial investment for you and your home in the long run. You can get updated materials, which improve the overall quality of your roof, and you won’t have to worry about more complications arising later on. Sometimes repairing your roof will just put the problem on hold, and there’s a chance you’ll have the same issue arise later down the line.

A new roof will also contribute to the curb appeal and overall property value of your home. If you plan on selling your home in the next few years, replacing your roof setting yourself up for improved resale value, which you’ll be grateful for in the long run.


Consider the Age of Your Roof

If you’ve been living in your home for several years and have noticed things like curling shingles or roof leaks become a recurring problem, it’s likely because of the age of your roof. Your roof needs to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, and if the previous homeowners didn’t do any repairs or improvements, it’s probably been more than 20 years since your roof was replaced.

Repairing the problem won’t prevent it from happening again, which can create more problems for you in the long run. It’s better to replace your roof rather than just do another repair, which will increase your overall investment costs.


It’s always a good idea to get a professional roofing contractor out to assess the damage, no matter if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. Get help from roofing professionals at RJ Turner using our roofing cost estimator, so you’ll have a better idea of potential roof replacement costs. If you’d like to learn more about replacing your roof, read more about 5 benefits of replacing your roof.


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  • Derek McDoogle
    December 4, 2019, 5:53 pm REPLY

    It’s interesting how you said that replacing your entire roof can be a beneficial investment for you and your home in the long run. My dad told me that he found out a few shingles on his backyard and he knows that they come from his roof which he hasn’t repaired or serviced in a while. I will recommend him to contact a roofing contractor so that they can come and provide with the best option.

  • Ellie Davis
    December 10, 2019, 8:47 pm REPLY

    I never took into account how a new roof will contribute to the overall property value of my home. My husband noticed that the roof in our house is damaged, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about the benefits of replacing our roof as a long-term investment.

  • Tyson Coolidge
    February 10, 2020, 5:39 pm REPLY

    I like what you said about replacing your roof if it’s safe than repairing it. My sister has been telling me about how her roofing has been sagging over her kitchen recently. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.

  • Zachary Tomlinson
    February 14, 2020, 3:03 pm REPLY

    Thanks for helping me understand when to repair or replace our roof! I like how this article mentioned that we should consider the size of the damage and the risks that impact everyone within the home. We’ve been experiencing leaks in our roof and I think a repair can probably fix it.

  • Tyler Johnson
    February 19, 2020, 3:44 pm REPLY

    I agree that it would be a good idea to get a roof replacement if there is excessive damage to the roof. I feel like that would be a good idea since it would be pretty hard to repair things like a collapsed roof. I ever get some damage done to my roof, I’ll have to evaluate it to see if I need to get a new roof or repair the one I already have.

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