Roof Repair Versus Replacement


Some homeowners spot a leak and assume that this means they need an entirely new roof. Fortunately, this is not always the case. How can you check your roof to determine whether you should repair or replace it?


First, conduct a visual inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Check every inch, and try to cover every angle. Look for signs of aging such as cracking, curling, or loose shingles. Pay special attention to the valleys, vent pipe, and all spots that break or meet the roof. The flashing and boots should be intact, undamaged, and in their proper places. Likewise, the edge should be flat, with no signs of wind damage.

You will also need to climb into the attic to check the condition of the wood parts, such as trusses and the underside of the deck, if visible and not covered by foam insulation. There should be no water stains or signs of warping. Check the foam or blown-in insulation for clumps, which are a sure sign of water damage.


The first question you have to ask yourself is: Are the issues concentrated in a specific area? If yes, then you may be looking at some repair work. It could be a dent or a hole caused by wind or a large piece of debris. However, just because this is a relatively minor problem doesn’t mean you can put it off for later. Given constant exposure to sun and wind, even the smallest hole can expand in a short time causing more widespread damage.


Setting aside your roof’s age—asphalt ones that are 20 to 30 years old are typically at the end of their service life—consider your findings. For example, widespread damage such as curling, cracked, or loose shingles are signs of aging. The shingles may have bald spots where the granules have been worn off. If you noticed pinholes of light while you were in the attic, you will definitely need to have it checked by a professional.

To learn more about our repair, maintenance, and installation services, call Highland Residential & Commercial Roofing at 1 (888) 55-ROOFER. We serve all of North Carolina.