No matter the reliability and durability of your roofing type, eventually, all roofs wear out and start to deteriorate. Most homeowners will grapple with the dilemma on whether to continue patching up the damages, or to take the plunge and invest in replacing the entire roof. The decision on which route to take will ultimately depend on the extent of the deterioration and the cost of carrying out repairs. The general rule is to replace if the cost of maintenance is far exceeding the cost of installing entirely new roofing.

However, it is not all that simple. There are a lot of factors that you have to put into consideration in order to make the right call at the right time. You don’t want to replace your roof too soon, because you’ll waste money. But you also don’t want to wait too long, because then you’ll end up with leaks and expensive water damage.

Below we have listed 5 of the key things you should bear in mind when deciding whether to repair or replace.

Regular faults

If you find that your roof always seems to be springing leaks or losing tiles, it may be a sign that it’s time to replace the whole thing. It doesn’t make sense to replace all of the tiles for the sake of one minor bit of damage, especially if the roof is relatively new but if you’re spending excessive amounts on regular repairs, it may be time to replace.


Sometimes accidents happen and they often come at the worst possible time. If you’ve recently experienced damage to your roof, whether it was caused by harsh weather or a falling tree, the urgency of the problem can have a big impact on your decision to repair or replace. For example, if you have a bad leak that is causing internal damage, it may be better to get it repaired quickly. However, if you have the luxury of time, replacing the roof is a more viable option.


Cost is a large contributing factor for anyone looking to fix their damaged roof as the price of tiles and labour isn’t cheap. If you’re working on a tight budget and the damage doesn’t seem to be long-term, it may be a better option to simply repair the fault.


If you have a relatively new roof, then you can most likely rest assured that the damage is not a sign of larger problems. However, if your roof is over 20 years old, it may be worth considering a replacement, especially if it is still under warranty.


Although the integrity of the roof and the quality of the tiles is the most prominent issue, the design is still an important part of deciding whether to replace a roof. For example, if you own an old property and you want to retain its original tiles, it may be hard to find a full set to replace the whole roof.

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