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Roof Repair vs Replace: 6 Things to Consider

You just discovered your roof is leaking or has broken tiles, soft spots, bulges or water ‘ponding’ — just to name a few of the common roof problems.

Now what? Do you repair or replace your roof, otherwise known as a re-roof? In many cases, the answer is, “it depends”.

Here are some factors to consider in your decision-making process.

Tip 1: Age of Roof

roof age

How old is your roof, and what is its remaining life expectancy? On average, asphalt shingles can last up to 20 years and tile 30 years. Check with your roofer or the manufacturer to get this information. TIP – The closer the age of your roof is towards its life expectancy, the more financially sensible it is to re-roof instead of repair.

Tip 2: Size / Scope of Roof Damage

scope of roof damage

Is the issue limited to a small, localized area, or spread across a large section or the entire roof? This includes damage to the exposed areas such as tile or shingle, as well as covered areas like underlayment and plywood decking. Be sure to get a thorough exterior and attic inspection to identify any and potential problems. TIP – The smaller the size of damage, the more likely a repair will suffice.

Tip 3: Life Expectancy of Repair

Just like a re-roof, repairs have an expected life expectancy. TIP – Get from the roofing contractor the life expectancy for the proposed repair. Learn how long a repair is expected to last and what type of warranties (workmanship and manufacturer) come with it. Compare that to the expected remaining life of the existing roof to determine if a repair or re-roof may be the best course of action.

Tip 4: Warranties

If you’re lucky, you may be eligible for a free or reduced-priced repair or re-roof. TIP – Check to see if you have existing workmanship and manufacturer warranties. They may cover or reduce the cost of a repair or, possibly, a re-roof if a product defect or installation negligence can be substantiated.

Tip 5: Staying or Moving

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Do you plan on living in the home for a long time, or moving in just a few short years? TIP – If the extent of the damage is minimal to slightly moderate and you’re expecting to move within five years, a repair may be your best option. But also consider the resale value of your house based upon if you choose a repair or re-roof. If you’re planning to remain for five or more years and the damage is moderate to significant, then it may be advantageous to re-roof.

Tip 6: Insurance Savings

You may be able to benefit from significant savings on your homeowner’s policy. TIP – Talk with your insurance agent to learn about potential insurance premium savings realized from a repair and re-roof. Based on the savings over a specified time period, a re-roof may be the financially smart decision. Also ask about wind mitigation savings, which can also reduce your premium. These savings may help you afford a re-roof over a repair.

Take some time to develop various scenarios, then pull out a calculator to determine if a repair or re-roof is the best option based on your goals and financial status.

In the end, the decision to repair or re-roof is a case-by-case situation driven by a number of personal and financial factors. Many people simply do not have the financial resources to afford a re-roof, so a repair is the next best option. While a repair, in some cases, may not be as good as re-roof, it’s better to temporarily solve the existing problem as well prevent the arrival other related roof issues.


If you have questions about whether to repair or replace your roof, call our Palm Beach and Martin County Roofing Contractors at (561) 386-2109 or complete our online request form.

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The RoofSmith was great throughout the process. We needed a complete re-roof on our 30+ year old roof and they did a terrific job. They were very communicative throughout the process. They were constantly on site making sure everything went smoothly and finished to our liking. I would highly recommend RoofSmith and have already recommended them to my sister for work needed at her house. Very professional firm.
- Dale Belis
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Danny Tomici of The RoofSmith is a very honest, reliable gentleman. He provided excellent service installing hurricane resistant glass in my skylight and making a few repairs to my roof. It was done in a very timely manner. I was so surprised how quickly he made the repairs. The work is completed and I am still waiting for another roofing company to give me a quote. I highly recommend this company and would definitely use them again in the future.
- Anne Houvouras
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The RoofSmith fixed the part of my roof that had a water leak from a ventilation pipe that was not properly sealed when my roof was redone about 9 years ago from another roofing company. The repair job was done quickly and professionally. I recommend this company for anyone needing roof repair re-refoofing.
- Lit Walker
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After a rather exhausted search for someone I could trust to do my roof quite by accident my wife's boss had an excellent recommendation; her neighbor by the name of Danny Tomici, owner of The RoofSmith. I contacted him and unlike most roofers I'd contacted he promptly came over the next day. He gave me a fair estimate and impressed me so much (as someone I could count on) that I contracted him to do the job after giving a previous contractor an extra day to give me an estimate. Actually finally heard back from the other roofer A WEEK after...The RoofSmith had already finished the roof......no joke. The work was done within a reasonable length of time and the quality was outstanding. Replaced wood where needed and Danny personally took care of some minor issues promptly. I can't say enough about the job The RoofSmith and Danny Tomici did and I would highly recommend them, they can be trusted to do the job RIGHT!
- Michael & DeeDee Scott
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The RoofSmith recently performed work on a section of my roof that had leaking and corrosion. I was impressed by how responsive they were and how well they explained everything. Also thought their use of technology was great - they took videos of the before and after of the location so that I could actually see what had been done which is great because it saved me from having to climb up there myself! Would use them again and highly recommend.
- Jose Medina
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