Roof damage can occur in many ways—from severe storms to aggressive wildlife. No matter what caused your roof damage, it’s important to consult a roofing professional to determine the extent of the damage and help you determine the best course of action. 

Just like many home improvement projects, deciding whether to repair or replace your roof is a complicated decision. There are several factors involved, including the type of damage, the age of your roof, and the percentage of the total roof surface that has been affected. 

Repairing Your Roof 

From high winds and severe storms to fallen tree limbs, there are several ways that your roof can sustain minor damage. In many instances, roofing repairs can restore your roof—and save you money. 

Before you decide that a repairing your roof is the right solution, it’s important to schedule an inspection with experienced roofing expert to determine whether replacing a few shingles or patching an area of your roof will extend its lifespan without causing further damage. A roofing professional will inspect the exterior of your roof as well as interior decking boards to check for moisture damage. 

Repairs are generally acceptable when a roofing inspection reveals: 

  • A Few Damaged Shingles 
  • Missing Shingle Granules 
  • Minor Water Leaks 
  • Minor Storm Damage 

It’s important to keep in mind that roof repairs may not be as aesthetically appealing as a full roof replacement since it’s difficult to match new shingles with older shingles that have been exposed to the elements for several years. Although replacing a few shingles might not be noticeable, a large patch likely won’t blend in with your existing roof. 

Replacing Your Roof 

Although a roof replacement will cost more upfront, it will save you money in the long run—and guarantee that you have a durable, attractive roof that lasts for decades. During an inspection, a roofing expert may recommend a complete replacement if your roof is over 20 years old or they detect: 

  • Extensive Leaks 
  • Severe Storm Damage 
  • Wood Rot 
  • Mold 

When replacing your roof, you’ll also have the opportunity to upgrade the materials to improve the style and energy efficiency of your home while increasing the longevity of your roof. Be sure to speak with a roofing professional to determine the best type of roofing material to ensure that your home is protected from future damage. 

If you’re unsure as to whether you can repair your roof or if you need a full replacement, the roofing experts at Universal Builders can help you make an informed decision. Since 2005, our roofing company in Columbus, Ohio has completed more than 10,000 projects, and our team is committed to your complete satisfaction. Call us today to schedule a full roof inspection or use our convenient online form now to request a complimentary quote.