Should I Patch My Roof or Replace the Entire Roof?

A sturdy roof shields you and your loved ones from the harsh external elements. It's also a structural component of your home.

Unfortunately, the lifespan of roofs is finite.

If it's time to decide whether to patch your roof or replace the entire thing, there are some factors to take into consideration.

Here are some of them.

Age of the roof

No roof can last forever. Even the strongest roofing material will have to be replaced eventually. That said, if your roof is less than ten years old, it isn't likely to have suffered severe wear and tear that'll necessitate a replacement.

However, if your 30-year-old roof is springing a leak now and then, a replacement might be due.

Difference in cost

Most repairs will cost less than a replacement. However, if a roofing expert gives you a repair estimate and the difference in cost between a patch and a replacement isn't considerable, it's smarter to go for a replacement as you'll get more value for your money.

Also, if your roof needs repairs frequently, the costs will add up and equal that of a replacement. In such instances, a replacement is a more thoughtful decision. A new roof will get you another 30 years of solid protection rather than having to deal with another repair a few months down the line.

Extent of damage

If the problem is minor roof damage such as a leak from a single spot, then getting a replacement is over the top. A roofing contractor can quickly fix the issue before it worsens.

However, if you're battling leaks from several spots or have several shingles missing, you may be looking at a significant structural issue. In such instances, have a roofing expert do an inspection and replace the entire roof.


If aesthetics are a big thing for you, then you probably should go for a replacement. Most time, roofing contractors won't find the exact shingle match, leaving a visually apparent mismatched roof.

Even if the contractor manages to get a precise fit, the old shingles are faded, and the new shingles can easily be picked out.

Not sure what to do? Schedule a roofing inspection, and one of our experts will come over for a full assessment of your roof. We'll give you a report and explain your options so you can be in the best position to make an informed decision.

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