When your roof shows signs of damage, it can sometimes be difficult to know whether a roof repair is entirely sufficient or if a roof replacement is more appropriate. A trusted residential roofing contractor like Colorado Roof Toppers, can help you decide which option is best for your home. 

Here are some things to consider when roof replacement is better than repair

1. Your Roof Has Reached Old Age

While roofs made of clay or metal can last for centuries, asphalt roofs generally expire within two decades. Depending on the material of your roof, you're more likely to get a matching, consistent look when you opt for a new roof altogether. If visual consistency is important to you, you'll probably want to go for a complete roof replacement if your current shingles have leaks. 

2. Not Compliant With Current Building Codes

While you can save money by having new shingles placed over faulty, pre-existing ones, you can only have a maximum of two layers of shingles to still be within building codes. If your roof does not conform to current building code, you could run into problems in the future should you decide to sell your property.

3. Your Roof Was Damaged by Natural Disaster

Another situation that can leave you with no other choice but to buy a new roof is when your house has been ravaged by a natural disaster. Some homeowners will weather local disasters but emerge with their roofs mostly intact — or so it seems. Even if your roof is covered with one of the stronger, more durable seamless gutters on the market, you might need to replace it if it has incurred damage in a catastrophic event.

4. Overwhelming Roof Damage

In some circumstances, a roof will be too damaged for mere repair work. As a rule of thumb, roof repairs can remedy damages that cover only 30 percent or less of your roof. Any amount of damage beyond that threshold will likely leave you with no other option but to purchase a new roof altogether.

5. Any Repair Work Would Only as Temporary

Even though a new roof will cost more than repair work, the difference is not always substantial. Sometimes, the difference in price is so minor that you might as well opt for roof replacement, especially if repair work would only serve as a stop-gap measure.

Colorado Roof Toppers is proud to be certified by two of the top roofing manufacturers in the country. We are certified by CertainTeed as a SELECT ShingleMaster™, and we are a GAF Master Elite® Certified contractor.

To learn more about our seamless gutter installation services, call Colorado Roof Toppers at (720) 807-4539 or (970) 660-6369.  You may also fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We are open for business Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We serve clients in Longmont, CO.