How Much Damage Can a Roof Repair Effectively Address?

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It’s normal for a roof to be damaged at some point in its lifespan. When issues pop up, however, you may wonder if a repair is adequate or a replacement is the wiser investment. In reality, the amount of damage a roof can sustain yet still be repairable varies case by case.

How Much Damage Can a Roof Repair Effectively Address?

  • The Roof’s Age. Different roofs have different lifespans. This lifespan is based on the amount of wear and tear its constituent materials can withstand before needing replacement. For instance, asphalt shingles typically last 15-20 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, it may be more cost-effective to go with a roof replacement than a repair.
  • The Extent of Damage. Minor, localized issues can often be effectively remedied with roof repairs. However, once the damage exceeds 25-30% of the total roof area, a full replacement is usually the better option. This is because extensive roof damage is almost always accompanied by compromised structural integrity. A roof repair is unlikely to address structural issues, besides creating a noticeable cosmetic difference between the repaired area and the rest of the roof surface.
  • The Type of Repair. Additionally, the longevity of a roof repair depends on the repair type. Small fixes like replacing a few missing shingles can preserve – and even extend – your roof’s lifespan when done properly. On the other hand, more complex roof repairs, like the ones performed following storm damage, usually require lots of patching up. Even with quality workmanship, such repairs may last a few months to a few years at most before further repairs (or replacement) are needed.

Overall, a professional roofer is your best bet for determining whether a roof repair or replacement is necessary. Our team at Reynolds Roofing understands this, and we’re committed to providing an honest and professional assessment of your roof. Schedule one with us today and receive a free estimate for the needed roof repair or replacement.