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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Repair Or Replace? How to Determine What Your Roof Needs

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Your roof is a vital and essential part of your home. It is your primary protective barrier from the elements, and as such, it should be kept in tip-top shape so it can continue to protect you and your loved ones for years to come.

As with all things, over time your roof incurs wear and tear, damage, and other stresses that cause it to fail in places. In some cases, if it is determined that the damage is too significant to sustain local repairs a roof may need to be completely replaced. You will need to be able to recognize clear signs of roof damage, and then work with a qualified roofing specialist like Len’s Roofing, to determine if your roof needs minor repairs or total replacement.

Warning signs

Damage to your roof can be obvious or very subtle. In order to prevent damage to your roof and the interior structure of your home, you’ll have to regularly examine your home both inside and out for signs of failure. Regular inspections of your roof after extreme weather conditions, or a routine checkup if your roof is already past its prime can help determine if repairs are needed. Examination of both the inner and outer structures of your roof is necessary, as damage can show up anywhere.

Inspecting gutters for signs of granules can indicate that trouble is afoot. Granules that are showing up in your gutters mean that your shingles are wearing down; they have either been exposed to the elements, or they have been in direct sunlight for too long. At any rate, they are wearing out; it may be time to replace a small area or even your entire roof. If shingles appear cracked and cupped, they are damaged beyond repair, and they must be replaced.

Inside your home, look for water damage inside your attic space and in the rooms near the top of your house. If you see staining, bubbling, or cracking near the ceiling or along the upper part of the walls, this could mean that your roof is failing you somewhere. Further inspection will be needed to see if this is a minor repair or a total replacement.

Warning signs of roof damage need to be addressed immediately in order to maintain the structural integrity of your home. Call Len’s Roofing to assist you in determining whether you are looking at repair or replacement.

When repair is enough

Most homeowners would agree that a simple repair is a better option than total roof replacement. Roof repairs are a good idea if:

  • Your roof is relatively new and is under warranty. If your roof is less than ten years old and has not incurred significant damage due to inclement weather, repair may be a good option.

  • If you know the extent of the damage or the conditions under which the damage to your roof occurred, you can likely take steps to repair it and correct any structural deficiencies.

  • If the area of the damage is small when looking at the total square footage of your roof, it is likely that a repair to the damaged area will suffice.

When it’s time to replace

Replacement is eventually inevitable, especially if you’ve lived in the home for a number of years. The older a roof becomes, the less efficient repairs with current materials and equipment will be. Replacement is the best option if:

  • Your roof is past its prime and nearing the end of its life cycle.

  • The area of damage to your roof is extensive or covers more than 20% of the roof.

  • If you see water damage to the interior of your home.

Regardless of whether you need to repair or replace, take care of the issue immediately to protect both the integrity and value of your home. At Len’s Roofing, we offer quality service, superior craftsmanship, and guarantees that will stand the test of time. Regardless of what your needs are, we are able to provide you with professional roof repair and replacement that works for you, for your home and for your budget. Len’s Roofing professionals are not sub-contracted, and we are fully licensed, bonded and insured. Our 27 years of experience and hundreds of satisfied customers are a testament to the peace of mind that you will have after our professional and qualified staff has completed your work. Call us today at 941-896-7897 or visit to set up an initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable sales professionals.


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