Repair or Replace a Roof


A roof does not last forever and will need to be replaced eventually. But if you are like most homeowners you want to wait until the last second to replace the roof to save money. But if you wait too long, then you can end up with leaks and very expensive water damage. Learn how to identify early signs of roof failure and get the timing right.

A spot repair by replacing a few shingles makes sense, if most of your roof is in decent shape. If there are signs the roof is near its end like being more than 20 years old, replacing it is the right choice.

Be aware of signs of a roof leak

Check the condition of your roof once a year, and look for necessary repairs. On the inside, early warning signs are: dark areas on ceilings, peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs, damp spots alongside fireplaces, and water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace.

On the outside, with the aid of binoculars, early warning signs are: cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing; shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering; and worn areas around chimneys, pipes, and skylights. Also piles of grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters is sign of wear and tired shingles.