So, your roof is damaged. You’ve decided it definitely needs some work. But should you have it repaired, or does it need to be completely replaced? There are a few factors to consider, which can help you decide which option is most suitable for you and your roof. Read on as we explore whether you should repair or replace.


Why does it matter?

You might think there’s not much difference between repairs and replacements. After all, they do the same job, right? Wrong. For some problems, repairs are just a quick fix and may not tackle the root of the problem. They will only solve your problem in the short term, or might not solve it at all. This means you could end up spending more and more on further repairs over the coming months or years. Conversely, replacements may be unnecessary for some issues. Smaller problems can often be repaired with no problems. If you get a full-blown replacement whenever a small issue crops up, you’ll find yourself spending large sums of money unnecessarily. This leads us on to one of the factors to consider when you’re choosing between repairs and replacement…

How much will it cost?

Money is usually the first thing people think when their roof is damaged. And quite rightly too. It’s no use planning a full-scale tear-off if you can’t afford it. If a full replacement is out of your budget, it’s a good idea to get the problems repaired for the time being.

Does it need fixing urgently?

Time is another factor which sometimes you just can’t avoid. Damage can come at the worst times, and leave your property in desperate need of work. That urgency can help you decide between repairing and replacing your roof. While a replacement can take much longer, repairs offer a quick solution to things like leaks.    

Is it a recurring problem?

As discussed, repairing a long-term problem could see you paying for repairs again and again. Your roof might constantly be losing tiles or leaking, for instance. While these problems are repairable as a one-off, their recurrence is usually a sign that a replacement is needed.

Is style an issue?

Some roofs use specialist tiles, making a full replacement less practical. Period properties, for instance, may have heritage tiles that are essential to maintaining their style. This is even more important for listed properties. Because they’re protected, any major changes, like roof replacements, are prohibited without permission.

How old is your roof?

The age of your roof can also distinguish whether a replacement is necessary. Roofs generally have a lifespan of over a decade, with some even lasting a lifetime. With that in mind, your roof shouldn’t need replacing if you’ve recently had it installed – unless it has sustained serious damage. In contrast, roofs that are over 20 years old are definite contenders for replacement – especially if the roof is still under warranty.


Speak to the experts

Even with this advice, it can be hard to choose between repairs and a roof replacement. So, what’s the best solution? Speak to the team at DPR Roofing in Barnsley. We’re experts in roofing, with over 28 years’ experience in every aspect of roofing. We’ve seen every problem there is to see and are best placed to advise you on your roof’s needs. Get in touch today to organise your free, no obligation survey and quote.