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Deciding Whether To Repair Or Replace Your Roof

Repairing vs. Replacing Your Roof

When it comes to roof repair it’s important that you make good decisions so you don’t spend a lot of money on an unnecessary roof replacement. One decision has to do with patching vs. reroofing. If you do decide to replace your roof, you must also decide whether you’ll tear off your old roof.

Repairing vs. Replacing Your Roof

When you have significant damage that’s confined to only one side of your roof, you will save yourself thousands of dollars by choosing a partial reroofing job. This will also make it easier for you to be able to blend your old roof with the newer roof you’re installing since slight differences in coloration aren’t all that noticeable.

Unfortunately, a partial reroofing job is more expensive per square (10’ x 10’). It’s also possible that they will create additional problems for you, especially if you have an asphalt roof with two or more layers already in place. These must be removed before roof repair can be done, which means you’ll spend more money on labor and disposal. You may also be faced with lopsided ridges where the old roof is a few inches higher than your new one.

Deciding if Roof Replacement is Less Expensive Over the Long-Term

Even though your roof may only be showing signs of wear and tear, you should still consider a roof replacement since the crew will be there with all the equipment they need. Typically, this will cost you less money than if you were to fix part of your roof now and the other part in a few years.

Deciding when it’s time to replace your roof depends on:

  • The age of your shingles and how much wear and tear they’ve undergone
  • The weather and climate where you live
  • How susceptible your roof is to undergo further damage in the future

Tearing off Your Roof vs. Roofing Over What’s Already There

Another important decision is whether you want to install your roof replacement over the top of your existing roof or tear that one off. This will also be a financial decision in terms of whether you want to save some money now but risk having to spend more later.

When you already have two layers of shingles on your roof, you won’t need to worry about making this decision. According to the International Residential Code (R907.3), you can’t install another layer or shingles on your roof. This is because the weight of doing so will adversely affect your home’s structure. However, if you only have one layer of shingles, you may still want to have them removed so you can save money in the future.


The decision you make between roof repair and roof replacement is a big one. It’s also an expensive one. This is why you want to take your time and think everything through carefully. You want to make a decision that you can rely on for decades to come. When you take the time to make the correct decision the first time, you won’t have anything to worry about when a severe storm bears down on you. You’ll also be able to save yourself more money over the long term.

When you’re faced with making the decision as to whether you want to do some roof repair work or if it’s time for a roof replacement, you’ll want a team of experts on your side. This is why customers have been calling Avatar Roofing for many years now. They will help you decide the most budget-friendly way to take care of any problems you’re having with your roof.

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