From a Roofing Specialist: When to Patch and When to Replace a Roof

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Deciding whether to patch or replace a roof can be challenging for property owners. Leave the guesswork behind and get a roofing specialist’s opinion instead. We want our customers to be informed, so we are here to provide some guidance on when each option might be the best choice.

From a Roofing Specialist: When to Patch and When to Replace a Roof

When to Patch a Roof

  • Minor Damage – A patch might be sufficient if the damage is limited to a small area. This could include a few missing or damaged shingles or a small leak.
  • Recent Roof – If your roof is relatively new or in the middle of its lifespan, repairing the damaged section could be a more cost-effective option than a full replacement.
  • Budget Constraints – If budget is a concern, patching the problem area can be a good short-term solution. However, remember that it could lead to higher costs in the long run if the rest of the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.

When to Replace a Roof

  • Age – A roofing specialist will tell you that most roofs, particularly those made of asphalt shingles, have a lifespan of around 20 years. If your roof is approaching or has exceeded this age, replacing it might be more economical.
  • Extensive Damage – A full roof replacement might be necessary if the damage is widespread or there are multiple problem areas. This could include severe leaks, widespread shingle damage, or structural issues.
  • Recurring Issues – It might be time for a replacement if you must constantly repair your roof. Recurring issues can indicate an aging roof or underlying problems that patching won’t fix.

It’s always best to consult a roofing specialist who can inspect your roof and provide personalized advice. At Palmetto State Roofing & Sheet Metal, we have a team of commercial and industrial roofing specialists who can assess your roof and provide expert recommendations on whether to patch or replace your roof. Contact us to discuss your situation with a roofing specialist.