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Repairing or replacing: everything you need to know about your roof

Last modified: 2021-08-24 | Approximate reading time 3 mins

Christine Simard

Even though you consider your home to be synonymous with protection and shelter, severe storms can sometimes cause severe problems. Whether it's the fault of winds, heavy rain or thunderstorms, your roof is not immune to unforeseen damage.

Other well-known scenarios also include snowmelt, shingle loss and water infiltration caused by bad weather. However, with a little TLC, last-minute disasters can be easily avoided. This is why, before starting any work, other questions could run through your mind: "Do I need to redo my entire roof? Is it still good for a few more years?"

Here are some tips that might help you figure out the right decision: repairing or replacing?

Repairing or replacing: everything you need to know about your roof

Evaluating the condition of your roof

Before anything, it is good to know the estimated age of your roof. You will need to consider this aspect in relation to its material (metal, shingles, membrane, etc.) and the year of its installation. According to ToiturePro, "the companies offer a guarantee on the material related to this life expectancy as well as a 5 to 10 years guarantee on the work".

If the life expectancy of your roof is unknown to you, it is therefore important to proceed with its assessment. It is possible to do this yourself, making sure to do the full perimeter of the roof and take into account as many details as possible: ventilation, the soffits, the flashings and the fascias. Check to see if your shingles are peeling, curling, or missing at some spots. It is best to do this inspection at least twice a year.

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The interior of your home: a good indicator

The external appearance of your roof is not the only factor to be taken into account when it comes to the roof. High humidity, swelling paint, mould and seeping water could all be directly related to your ageing roof. Going to the attic to check the frame will give you a better idea of the condition of your roof. If it is wet, take action quickly. 

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Finally: replacing or repairing your roof?

If your roof is only a few years old, it would be best to contact the company you dealt with if you have any problems with it. They will be able to fix any issues and ensure that it is solid for years to come.

However, if this is not your first repair and your roof never seems to give you a break, you might want to consider a full repair. If you put off work constantly, you could end up with more damage to your home. To learn more, read our article What happens if you don't renovate your roof?

Finally, if during the inspection you have noticed significant damage on a specific part of the roof, but it still seems very solid to you, a repair for that specific area may be possible. It is always better to call a professional in this situation. 

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