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Roof Repair vs. Roof Replacement: Which Meets Your Needs?

Has a recent inspection told you that your roof is damaged? Depending on the extent of the problem, you may be able to opt for roof repair instead of paying for an entire roof replacement.

Considering that the national average to replace a roof is almost $9,000, repairing the damage is the better option for your wallet. If your roof is old, you may have to make frequent repairs, however, which could cause things to get expensive fast.

These are only a few things that you have to think about when deciding the best course of action for your roof. Check out this guide to learn more.

Age of the Roof

If your tile roofing is only a few years old, you're most likely safe to make repairs.

Most rooftops don't get to the point of no return until their 10th or 15th birthday. Once that happens, they become more vulnerable to wear and tear.

If you fail to replace the roof, you'll find yourself scheduling frequent repairs. For the sake of your wallet, go ahead and replace the roof, even if you're only dealing with one or two damaged areas.

Roof Damage

If your asphalt shingle roofing is simply missing a few tiles, you can replace them without scrapping your entire roof. The same goes for if the damage is exclusive to a single area.

If rainwater leaks into the moisture barrier, however, it might be time to call a roofing company to talk about a replacement. There's not much that can be done in cases of extensive damage.

Roof Leaks

A leak doesn't mark the end for your metal roofing. In most cases, a professional will be able to go in and fix it for you.

If there are several leaks throughout your entire roof, that points toward a larger issue that you can only fix with a replacement.

Type of Roof

Certain roofing materials can last for up to 100 years before they begin to show signs of aging. In the case of slate roofing, you can replace the tiles as they fall apart.

The only time you would have to opt to replace the roof would be in instances of complete structural failure.


If a hurricane is scheduled to make its way into town within the next week, you might not have time to get your entire roof replaced.

While you can save money by waiting until after the storm to replace your roof, that will put you and your family at risk. It's much safer to make smaller repairs to reinforce your roof before the storm hits and have it replaced later.

Roof Repair or Roof Replacement

In the debate between roof repair vs. replacement, it's important to consider the age of the roof. If it's over 15 years old, no amount of repairs you make will be enough.

You should also access the extent of the damage. If you're only dealing with a leak or two, it might not be necessary to get rid of your entire roof.

Roofing damage can lead to major housing structure problems. Don't let that happen to you! Contact us to schedule a roof inspection today.

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Highly recommend Steve at Balmer Roofing and Solar! With his free inspection, assessment, and “No Contact” needed service he was able to prove to my husband and I that we had damage and helped us through the claims process after first being denied and getting us a upgraded roof swiftly and without headache.
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I can not recommend Balmer roofing enough! We worked with Steve and he is phenomenal. The experience was so easy, he took care of everything and explained everything along the way. His communication is top notch. Highly highly recommend them.
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Very professional and responsive! They looked at my roof the day after calling, then came again when the insurance adjuster came out. Insurance was approved, and they replaced my roof the following week. The crew was fast and they cleaned up very well. I don't think you can get any better than this.
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