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How to Know Whether to Repair, Patch, or Replace Your Roof

Roofs are essential to your home, so it is important to ensure they are always in good working condition. Over time, a roof will sustain normal wear and tear and sometimes unexpected damage. The effects should always be addressed and fixed, whether the damage is expected or not. But how do you know what type of repair the roof requires? That is the question this blog will answer by explaining how to tell if your roof needs repair, a patch, or a total replacement.

How To Tell If My Roof Needs Repair, Patch, or Replacement

One of the most common questions we get asked here at Rooftop Designs is, “Do I need a roof repair or a roof replacement?” The answer isn’t always straightforward. It depends on the severity of the damage and the age of your roof. Here are some guidelines to help you determine whether you need a repair, patch, or replacement.

Signs Your Roof Needs Repair

There are several signs that your roof may need repair.

  1. If you notice any leaks in your ceiling.
  2. If you see any missing or damaged shingles.
  3. If you notice any daylight coming through your roof.

The Process of Roof Repair

If you notice any of the above signs, you should first call a professional roofer to come to take a look. They will be able to assess the situation and give you an estimate for the cost of repairs. Once you have an estimate, you can decide whether to proceed with repairs. If you proceed with repairs, the roofer will fix the problem areas and seal any gaps.

What Causes a Roof to Need a Patch?

Several things can cause a roof to need a patch. The two most common reasons are if there is damage from a storm or minor signs of wear and tear over time. And lastly, if there are any leaks in your roof, they will need to be patched up as well. The difference between a patch and a repair is that the patch usually focuses on a smaller area than a more significant repair.

The Process of Roof Patching

If you need a patch for your roof, the process is relatively simple:

  1. The damaged area is cleaned off so that the patch can adhere properly.
  2. The patch is placed over the damaged area and sealed down so that it’s watertight.
  3. The area around the patch is also sealed, so there are no gaps or leaks.

Signs Your Roof Needs To Replacement

There are several factors that contribute to whether or not your roof needs to be replaced.


One factor is the age of your roof; most roofs last between 20-25 years. When a roof reaches old age, it can begin to sag or lose its ability to withstand severe weather.

Severity of Damage

Another factor is the severity of damage; if more than half of your roof is damaged, then it’s probably time for a replacement.

Desire an Upgrade

Sometimes homeowners want an upgrade. A roof replacement is common when homeowners want to install solar panels or want the roof to match the aesthetic of a newly renovated exterior.

Price of Repair

And lastly, if the cost of repairs is more than half the cost of a new roof, then it makes more sense financially to replace the entire roof rather than just repairing it piece by piece. It’s no secret a total replacement is a substantial financial investment. However, it adds immense value to your home that a repair would not.

Contact The Roofing Professionals at Rooftop Designs

If your roof is damaged and you are unsure whether it needs a minor patch, more significant repair, or replacement, our professionals at Rooftop Designs can help! With their trained eyes and years of experience, our team will be able to inspect your roof and point toward the appropriate solution to your failing roof.

Contact us online or give us a call! (855) 741-0575