Roof Repair or New Roof Replacement?

Damaged roof? Should you get a roof repair, or a new roof replacement?

Repair or replace roof? It’s a question that many people find themselves asking when they have problems with their roof, and it’s not always easy to answer. Scotland’s unpredictable, often harsh weather, means that your poor roof very rarely gets a day off.

Sometimes you may be able to patch up the problem with a repair, but some major issues (or quite often, lots of them) could mean that a replacement is the better solution. Deciding which one is the best option can be very difficult, but with a few tips, you can find it much simpler. If you’re not sure whether to repair or replace, here are some of the ways you can work out which is best. As always, if you’re unsure, or need a second opinion, you can contact us to speak to an expert local Edinburgh roofing company, with roofers available who will be happy to give you free advice on the repair vs replacement of your roof.

How Long Will You Be in Your Home?

One very important factor is to think about how long you will stay in your current home. If you’re thinking of selling in the next few years, a brand new roof might not be worth the cost. Of course, if you think you can get the money back when you sell, it could be a smart idea.

How Old Is Your Roof?

Consider the age of your roof. If it’s an older roof, one issue now could quickly start to turn into many more problems later. For example, an average roof can last for around 10-25 years and is likely to need replacement eventually. If your roof is getting to be about 15-20 years old, it could be time to replace it, rather than patching it up with a repair. One thing that’s vital is to take into consideration the extent of any current damage. An older roof doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced right away.

Isolated leak? Or multiple leaks?
A leak in your roof isn’t exactly an uncommon problem, but when does it indicate that a roof replacement could be necessary? An isolated leak in one place could simply be repaired, especially if it’s a problem caused by flashing. However, if there are leaks in a number of places, replacing the roof could be the better solution, instead of trying to patch it up in multiple places.

Size of the Repairs
This leads us to our next point to consider. Whether to repair or replace your roof may come down to the size of the area that needs to be repaired. If it’s relatively small and localized, repairing the problem could potentially be the best option. If it’s large or there are several areas that need repair, a replacement might be the correct answer.

Covering Up the Existing Roof
If you’re thinking about a new roof, it could be possible to put a new layer new layer of bitumen felt over the existing roof. This can save time and money by allowing you to avoid taking off the existing roof and starting from scratch. We can provide a free survey that will check your roof to find out if this option is available for your roof.

The Benefits of a Roof Replacement

Replacing a roof is generally going to be more expensive than repairing one, but it can deliver several benefits. When considering roof repair vs replacement, you might find that you can use more efficient materials. A new roof will very often last longer and perform better than your current one too, so it can be a very worthwhile investment, particularly if you plan on living in your current home for a long time.

If you spot any signs you need a roof repair, have a roofer inspect your roof and carry out any necessary repairs as soon as you can. If you’re in Edinburgh, Midlothian, The Scottish Borders or surrounding areas, we’d be happy to help. You can get in touch with us directly at 0131 510 8909 for all your roofing needs. You can also request a 100% free quote for a roof replacement on our free quote page.

For more information on our roof repair service, check out our roof repair page.