Most homeowners dread the idea of roof replacement because of the high cost involved in the project. They delay the replacement process for as long as they can and end up paying for expensive roof repairs, risking the home’s health. Unfortunately, no roof lasts forever, and there comes a time when it becomes inevitable to replace the roof. Every roofing system requires regular care and maintenance to perform well and provide maximum benefits during its lifetime.

As roofs age and start to show signs of damage, homeowners are faced with the difficult choice of roof repair v/s replacement. However, the decision is not as straightforward as it appears and requires careful deliberation. Waiting for replacement till the roof falls apart is not advisable as it can lead to several issues and becomes a big hassle. At the same time, replacing the roof too soon means wasting money.

A homeowner, while deciding between repairs and complete roof replacement, has to consider multiple factors to make an informed choice.

Roof’s age

Age is one of the most important considerations when it comes to roofing system repair v/s roof replacement. Repairs are a more feasible option when the roof is new or in the middle of its life cycle. But if the roof is old, worn-out, and leaking due to constant exposure to the elements and is nearing its lifespan, replacing it instead of investing money in repairs is the wiser choice considering the long-term benefits. Each roofing material has a different lifespan. Asphalt shingle roofs last for 20 to 30 years, while metal, tile, and slate roofs last longer. Decide on repair or replacement depending on the lifespan of different roofing materials.

Condition of the roof

Regular roof upkeep helps in extending its lifespan. Sometimes, even an older roof stays in good shape due to the care it received in its lifetime, or it did not take much of a beating due to the local weather conditions. If the roof is in good condition and only requires minor repairs, it is a good idea to choose repairs over replacement.  Delay the replacement till the roofing system suffers significant damage, and the condition of the roofing material becomes such that it will not withstand the next storm.

Plans to sell the home

There are times when a roof starts to show some damage symptoms but is otherwise in reasonable condition, and the homeowner is looking to sell the home in the next few years, investing in a new roof may seem futile. Repairs make a better choice in such circumstances. However, when the roofing is in bad shape, replacing the roof may add value to the home and get him a better price while selling the house.

Extent of damage

Evaluate the extent of damage the roof has suffered to make the right choice. If only a small section of the roofing system requires repair, has isolated leaks, or only a couple of shingles are missing, broken, or curled, it is easy and inexpensive to fix only the damaged areas and replace the shingles. However, if there are multiple missing shingles, the leaks are widespread, or a storm has left the roof in pretty bad shape, consider replacing it.


Most homeowners opt for repairs as it is a more reasonable option, and they find it difficult financially to invest in a new roof. However, a roof that requires recurrent repairs only proves costlier in the long run. Replacement is a more economical choice for a roof requiring frequent attention. If the roof is significantly damaged and the insurance covers the replacement, it is sensible to go ahead with the roof replacement.

Consider advantages of the new roof

If the roof is over 20 years old, installing a new roof offers multiple benefits. New roofs are more energy-efficient, made using better quality materials, last longer, provide improved performance, look aesthetically more beautiful, and enhance the home’s curb appeal, making the option more desirable to homeowners.

Consult a professional

The best way to decide between roof repair and replacement is to get it inspected by a licensed roofer. A roofing expert can evaluate the roof on various parameters to recommend the better option out of the two.