There is no doubt that every roof requires regular maintenance. This is mainly due to constant exposure to different weather conditions and the wear and tear that happens with time.

Your roof must be able to cope with rain and snow during colder weather as well as excess heat during warm weather. And when it gets damaged, it cannot carry out its function properly. It will not be able to cope with severe weather or protect you.

To restore its function and get it back into top shape, you’ll need some professional help. Sometimes a roof repair will suffice, but other times, you might need a complete roof replacement or a re-roofing. 

But which one will be the best option for you? Read on to find out!

When Is It Best to Repair Your Roof?

Your roof consists of many layers and each layer is designed to protect your home and its surroundings from the elements.

Shingles are the first line of your home’s protection, so they should be properly and regularly checked.

During these checks, your roofer might notice missing shingles or some minor shingle damage. This could be the result of impact damage from nearby trees or a storm. Repairing these shingles will usually fix the problem, especially when the roof is relatively new.

However, sometimes the shingles will not be the only problem, as the lack of shingles in some places could lead to other roofing issues, such as leaks and water damages. During a roof inspection, your roofer will make sure to check the entire roof for any further and underlying damages.

Conducting regular roof inspections and timely repairs will always help you maintain your roof in good condition, so make sure to schedule regular checkups with your roofer. 


When Will a Roof Replacement Be the Best Option?

While sometimes a roof repair is enough, other times, it will simply not suffice and you’ll need to replace your entire roof. Roof replacement is a more significant project, but it will guarantee you safety, security, and peace of mind.

When there is excessive moisture and water in the house, water spots on more than one wall or ceiling, or obvious leaking, it usually means the roof must be replaced. A leak that grows for too long can be very destructive and lead to mold, roof structure damage, wall damage, or ceiling damage.

Roof replacement will also be needed when severe weather devastates the roof, making it pretty much not safe or functional anymore. And when your roof is old, damage can happen even easier and faster – whether from weather or the usual wear and tear.

Therefore, it’s worth considering replacing the roof when you know that the roof has reached the end of its lifespan, and not wait until severe damage occurs. Shingle roofs, for example, have a lifespan of 20-30 years, so if your roof is that old, you might consider the benefits of replacing it.



Your roof is a complex system, and it is sometimes not easy to know which path to take when it comes to its maintenance. Some roof problems can be easily mitigated or repaired, while others will require a complete roof replacement.

If you, too, are faced with such roof issues and aren’t sure what to do, it is always best to check with your local roof replacement contractors and ask for professional advice.

At Martin Exteriors Roofing & Siding, we always provide a fair and reliable estimate and guarantee the highest quality roofing services.