Roofs are the best protection that you can provide to your house and also ensure that your family is safe inside your home. All roofs are basically designed to be very strong and sturdy. They can withstand harsh weather conditions and have high impact resistance so that they can endure thunderstorms and hailstorms. Roofs are very effective in providing strength to the house and keeping it safe, but strength and efficiency do not last long if you are not taking good care of your roof

If you are not regularly inspecting the condition of your roof, this could lead to unexpected expenses because damages could be beyond repair. Just like any other component of a house, roofs have an average service life.

How can you make the decision whether your roof needs repair or replacement?

#1 The Age Of The Roof

Different roofing materials have a different average service life, but most last on average approximately 20 to 25 years. So, if your roof’s age is more than 25 years, then don’t waste money on repair work. Instead, have it replaced.

#2 There Are Signs Of Water Stains On The Ceiling And Walls

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Having water leak issues is quite common. Due to thunderstorms and hail, roof shingles may develop cracks or the roof edges may break. The cracks can be sealed, and the original condition of the roof can be put back to normal. When the cracks are so large that water is seeping inside the underlayment of the roof, though, then you’ve got a major problem. When you notice water leaks on the ceiling of the house and/or the interior walls, the roof most likely needs to be replaced.

#3 Missing Shingles From The Roof

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Due to heavy winds and harsh weather conditions, shingles may get blown off. If only a few shingles are missing from the roof, then missing shingles can be replaced. But if the number of missing shingles is on 80 percent (or more) of the surface, then you must get the roof replaced.

#4 Sudden Increase In Utility Bills

This is one of the best indicators to understand whether you need to get the damaged roof repaired or replaced. The roof’s main function is to maintain the temperature in the house and keep utility bills under control. If this basic function is not fulfilled, it means that the roof has lost its efficiency. If your utility bills are out-of-control, consider a roof replacement.


Homeowners don’t normally think about their roofs. That said, it’s a good idea to hire professionals to conduct regular inspections and perform needed repairs and maintenance. They can climb up on the roof, assess it, and let you know what needs to be done. In some cases, they’ll recommend a total roof replacement.