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Should I Repair or Replace my Roof?

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The decision to either repair, or replace your roof is a hard one. By making the right decision you can minimize your expenses while keeping your home safe. To determine if you need to repair or replace a roof depends on a few factors, here are some things to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your roof.

The Age of the Roof

First, it’s important to know how old your roof is. If the roof is 20 years old, and has shingles rated at a life-time of 20 years, it makes the most sense to have the roof fully replaced. This is because if you repair one spot, odds are within the next year or two you will have to repair another spot. At that point, you could have already paid to replace the entire roof.

Roofing-over Previous Shingles

To meet building regulations, roofs can not have more than two layers of shingles on them. This means, if you’re in need of roofing repair and already have two layer of shingles then your the repair must be a re-shingling. It is recommended that, if your roofing company is removing shingles in one spot to repair the roof, they should just remove all shingles and replace the entire roof.

Repairing the Roof

Sometimes, a simple roofing repair job is all that is needed. Replacing old or damaged shingles, flashing, or sealants can be a cost-effective solution in opposition to replacing the entire roof. If this is something within your toolbox of skills then you can either repair it yourself, or effectively determine if a certified roofing contractor could repair the roof instead of needing to replace the whole thing.


When repairing a roof you must consider the aesthetics. Simply replacing a few shingles will cause those new shingles to stick out from the others. Also consider HOAs who will want to have any new roofs adhere to their style pallet for the area.

Sometimes, roofs are under warranty and this could help you if you have a leaky roof. If your roof is not under warranty, and you plan on repairing or replacing it out of your own pocket, as the roofing company who does your roof about their warranties.

Replacing the Roof

At the end of the day, if the roof is in really bad shape, it is best to replace the entire roof. Your roof protects your home from the elements, so having it perform at its best is paramount in keeping a safe and happy home.

Ultimately, the decision on whether to replace or repair a roof is something you should discuss with a certified roofing professional in your area. Platinum Exteriors is your full-service residential and commercial roofing, siding, windows, doors, and gutters contractor. The exceptional quality provided by Platinum Exteriors is reflected in our nearly 5,000 satisfied clients throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C since 2000. Call today for a complimentary, no-pressure consultation and free estimate: 703-766-0345.