Repair, Patch, or Replace: Which is Best for Your Roof?

The good condition of your roofing system is one of the most vital aspects of protecting your home. All of your prized possessions to your endearing pets and loved ones reside under a roof. As a homeowner, you rely on the security and stability of your roof to keep your property safe from the elements.

As the old saying goes, nothing lasts forever. Although we hate to say it, that unfortunately includes your roof. If you haven’t recently had a roof inspection, now is a good time to mark that off the to-do list. Our team at Goodfriend Roofing can tell you whether it’s time to repair, patch, or replace your roof. In the meantime, here is our guide for what to look out for.

Common Indicators of Roof Problems

Oftentimes, homeowners don’t realize their roof needs help until there is an extreme issue, in which case you may face costly repairs that could’ve been avoided. That’s why it’s so important to conduct regular professional roof inspections. Your roof may look fine from the ground, but big problems can creep up unannounced if you’re not careful.  

Keep an eye out for the following signs that it might be time for a roof replacement:

  • Curled, cracked, or missing shingles
  • Sagging or discolored sections
  • Gutters and downspouts are filled with broken shingles  
  • Water stains inside the house
  • Visible sunlight in the attic Siding instability from wood rot
  • Mildew, moss, or algae on the roof

If you ignore any of these problems, you may be looking at an entire roof replacement whereas if it had been taken care of earlier on, you may have just needed some patches.  

Things to Consider: Repair vs. Replacement

If you’re looking at a roofing project through a budget-conscious lens, you’ve likely already correctly assumed a roof replacement is substantially more expensive than simple patch repairs. However, if a pro roofer recommends an entire replacement, trying to work around with a few patches is not worth the money saved. The last thing you want is for your roof to cave in on you and your family.  

Don’t ever assume what your roof needs, as it requires experienced eyes. Several factors play into determining whether a roof needs repairs or a full replacement.  


This is one of the most important factors in determining the next steps. If your roof isn’t very old for the kind of material it is made out of, some minor damage may only need repairs. However, if your roof is old and suffered the brutal hammering of countless Florida storms, your roofing contractor will likely suggest replacement.  


Roof leaks don’t automatically mean you need a full replacement – an isolated leak in the flashing can be seamlessly resolved. On the other hand, if your roof has multiple leaks, there are likely more significant issues such as mold and structural damage that will necessitate a replacement.  


If there are multiple points of damage through your roof, both aesthetic on the shingles and flashing to deeper in the decking, you will likely require a replacement, since you are facing structural damage. This is especially common in older roofs.  


In our harsh Florida climate with salt in the air, scorching and humid summers, and intense tropical storms, your roof is going to face more pressure and likely more damage.  


While individual repairs are less costly than a full replacement, an aging roof is likely to need more and more repairs as the years go on, which could add up to the cost of a replacement. Additionally, if you plan to sell your home in the near future, a new roof will be far more attractive than an old one with twenty patches.  

Although the cost of a repair may be cheaper than that of a replacement, an aging roof will likely require frequent patches that may add up to more than the replacement itself.

When to Repair or Patch Your Roof

The best-case scenario for roof damage is that it needs to be repaired. Repairs are less expensive, less time-consuming, and less messy. The following scenarios are common reasons to patch your roof:

  • Minor roof damage such as small leaks and aesthetic issues
  • Moderate roof damage where most of the roof is in good shape but one section is heavily damaged
  • Aesthetic retainment, which can lengthen your roof’s lifespan and retain aesthetic value
  • Recently replaced roofs that are mostly free of issues but need some upkeep
  • Tight budgets may benefit from repairs, at least until you collect the money for a replacement

Repairs are not only less costly than replacements but also help to maintain your roof and prevent bigger problems. Scheduling regular inspections with Goodfriend Roofing will ensure you get the most out of your roof’s life.  

When to Replace Your Roof

In certain cases, repairs simply won’t cut it. The only option may be replacement in the following circumstances:  

  • Extensive damage to more than 30% of the surface, most likely from a storm
  • Significant hail and wind damage can cause dents & structural damage and can rapidly lead to mold
  • A roof has reached the end of its lifespan  
  • The cost of replacement is less than the combined cost of repairs that will be needed
  • Non-compliance with codes by the neighborhood association
  • Need to increase your home value to sell  

A new roof may be a hefty price to pay, but there are many advantages to this project. You will have a high return on investment when selling, improve your home’s curb appeal, save on energy, and ensure long-term safety.  

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Make the Right Choice with Goodfriend Roofing

The decision to replace or repair your roof isn’t always black and white. You may be facing a lot of surface level damage, but the structure is perfectly intact. In a more ominous scenario, your roof may look like it’s in great condition on the surface, but it may be suffering at a deeper level.  

While many modern roofing materials have extensive lifespans and may last the rest of your life, it’s still really important to receive regular roof inspections from a professional. Goodfriend Roofing has years of experience and is highly reliable with the reputation to prove it. As your friend, we will provide the guidance you need to make the right decision on whether to repair or replace your roof.

Are you facing roof damage and feeling overwhelmed by the next steps to take? We can help you through the process! Call your friends today – (813) 579-5789!

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