Repair or Replace: Finding the Right Roofing Solution


Have you noticed shingles in your yard? What about the most visible signs of roof failure—such as leaks or wet spots on your ceiling? You are not alone. We have been in the roofing industry for nearly 45 years and have been asked by countless homeowners what the solutions are to these problems. 

The solutions vary, but in most cases, your roof can be easily repaired. That said, there will also come a time when replacing your roof will be your only option. The question is, how do you figure out which one is the best option for your roof right now?  

Inspect Your Roof

First, conduct a visual inspection. Look for signs of aging such as cracks, curling or loose shingles. Pay special attention to the valleys, vent pipe and all spots that break or meet the roof. The flashing and boots should be intact, undamaged and in their proper places. Likewise, the roof’s edge should be flat, with no signs of wind damage.

You will also need to climb into the attic and check the condition of the wood parts, such as trusses and the underside of the roof deck, if visible and not covered by foam insulation. There should be no water stains or signs of warping. Check the foam or blown-in insulation for clumps, which are a sure sign of water damage. Note all your findings.

So, after your inspection should you opt for a repair or a complete roof replacement? To help you make the most informed decision, we are going to help you answer that question. 

When to Repair Your Roof?

A professional repair job will be the most cost-effective option to address the roofing issues you are facing. These quick fixes can help extend the life of an aging roof and keep it functioning until it is time to rip it off and replace it with a new one.

If you are experiencing any of the following roof problems, you should consider repairing your roof:

  • Leak around the vent pipes
  • Chimney leaks
  • Missing shingles
  • Nail gun errors
  • Wavy and partially lifted shingles
  • Rotted fascia boards
  • Roof punctures
  • Roof cracks and blisters
  • Bad roofing installation
  • Tree damage
  • Hail and wind damage
  • Granule loss 
  • Splitting shingles 
  • Roof shrinkage
  • Poor or absent roof maintenance 
  • Improper attic ventilation

When to Replace Your Roof?

Simply because your roof is leaking does not really mean that you should panic and get a roof replacement. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may only need to fix your existing roof rather than getting a new one. 

So, when should you replace your roof? You should only get a new roof when:

  • Your roof is reaching the end of its serviceable life.
  • Widespread damage such as curling, cracked or loose shingles.
  • Shingles that have bald spot 

It is also worth noting that a new roof adds as much as 40% to the curb appeal of your property. So, not only would a roof replacement provide you with years of peace of mind, but it will also make your house the most beautiful on the block.

Are You Ready for a Roof Repair or Replacement?

Do you still have doubts as to which option is ideal for your roof? The truth is that unless your roof is thoroughly checked, you will not know what it needs. That is why you should get a thorough inspection from a competent, experienced roofing contractor you can trust.  Williams Roofing Company has been providing roof repair and replacement services to residents in Salinas, Monterey, and San Benito Counties since 1977. With integrity and a proven record of high-quality workmanship, we strive to provide you with an experience that is unparalleled in the roofing industry. Contact us today  for a roof inspection to find out exactly what your roof requires.