How Do I Know if I Need to Repair or Replace My Roof?

How much does having a roof over your head matter to you?  Most of us would say it is pretty important!  The thought of seeing the sky when you look up from your living room probably isn’t ideal to you.  Unless you have a skylight in your living room, all you should see when you look up is a lovely, solid ceiling.  This article will discuss how to know if your roof needs repair or if it is time to replace it. It will also discuss the option of reroofing which is different than replacing. If you aren’t sure which one your roof needs,  this article should answer that question.  Then you can give us a call!

There are a few factors to consider when deciding to repair or replace your roof.  How old is your roof? How extensive is the damage? What can you afford? Is reroofing, different than replacing, an option?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home.  If you peek into any home during a holiday gathering, you will likely see that this is accurate.  Friends and family tend to gather where the smell of food and the warmth of the oven draws them together.  But what good is that kitchen if there isn’t a roof to protect it? A sturdy roof is one of the most essential parts of your home.  It protects the interior, and most of all, it protects you and your family.  What should you do if something is wrong with your roof? Repair? Replace? Reroof? This article will help you answer that very important question.

How Old is Your Roof?

The age of your roof can help you decide if you should repair or replace it.  A roof that is only a few years old is unlikely to need replacing unless it has sustained severe damage.  According to U.S. News and World Report, ” Slate, copper and tile roofs, which are on the upper end of the price spectrum, can last more than 50 years. Homeowners with wood shake roofs should expect them to last about 30 years, while fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years, the NAHB found.”  These estimates are not written in stone and can be vastly affected by severe weather, such as hurricanes or hail storms. For example, when a freak hailstorm hit Indialantic, FL, in March 2019, the small beachside town was pelted with golf ball-size hail. Even roofs that were only a few years old had to be replaced due to the damage. If your roof is older and you are beginning to experience issues, such as leaks or broken or missing shingles, then replacing it may be the best option.

How Extensive Is the Damage?

As mentioned above, the extent of the damage, such as that from a hailstorm will be a determining factor in which course of action to take. Even a new roof can only withstand a certain amount of damage. In the case of the hailstorm, one of the primary issues roofers looked for during inspection was missing granules.  The granules cover the shingles and serve as a protective shield for the shingles themselves.  If a significant amount of granules are missing, the roof is compromised. If your roof damage is minor or is contained in one small area, then a repair may be all that is required to get your roof back in tip-top shape.

What Can You Afford?

Budget must be taken into consideration.  If you are on a limited budget, let us know.  We will do our best to work with you to find a reasonable solution that will fit your budget and get your roof back into the best shape possible within that budget. You may be able to afford to replace your roof as long as you don’t choose the most expensive type of roofing materials. Additionally, if your roof was damaged by severe weather, your homeowner’s insurance may cover the cost with only a minor cost to you, such as a deductible.

Is Reroofing an Option?

You may be thinking that is what we have already been discussing,  but replacing your roof is different than reroofing. Reroofing is like a restoration.  New shingles are laid over existing shingles. This will add years to your roof at less expense than completely replacing all elements of your roof.  For those on a budget, which many of us are, a reroof may be the best option.


When your roof needs some TLC, there are a few things to take into consideration.  What is the age of your roof?  If it is older, then replacing it may be the most prudent option.  What is the extent of the damage? A small area of damage can be repaired. Regardless of age, if the damage is extensive, the roof may need to be replaced. What can you afford? The roofing experts from Seal Tight Roofing Experts can work within your budget to come up with the best solution and choose the proper roofing materials so you don’t break the bank.  Lastly, is reroofing an option?  Reroofing can be a viable option, particularly for those on a budget.

Seal Tight Roofing Experts, located in Melbourne, FL, and serving the surrounding areas such as Merritt Island, FL, and the beachside communities are your local roofing experts.  From a minor repair to a reroof to a full roof replacement, we are here to provide trusted,  quality roofing solutions to our customers, so give us a call today!

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