Repair or Replace Your Roof?

19th Apr 2018

Does your roof need some TLC?

Are you unsure if you need minor repairs or a total re-roof?


Have you noticed that your tiles/slates are looking a little bit worse for wear? Is there evidence that water has been entering your home, staining ceilings and/or causing damage to your insulation?

Our simple blog will help with learning when and why a roof repair or replacement is the best option:

Repairing vs. Replacing Your Roof

A roof repair is typically sufficient for fixing isolated issues like blown off or torn tiles/slates and cracked flashings (the material, usually lead, which is used at a joint or change of pitch e.g. where a porch roof meets the brickwork). A roof replacement is the best way to address more systematic, structural problems.

Signs that a roof replacement might be in order include:

  • Tiles/Slates have started the buckle or curl; this would make your roof prone to leakage.
  • Sunlight coming through your roof; in this case, not only is sunlight getting in, so is air, rain and snow! Inspect for leaks and keep an eye on any you find to determine whether or not they’re still causing a problem.
  • An accumulation of tile/slate granules in your gutters; especially with old roofs that are shedding excessively.
  • Noticeable sagging; a symptom which might show deeper structural flaws with roof timbers in your loft or supports in your foundation.

Remember, the key to keeping a roof in good health is to assess it routinely and stay on top of smaller problems as they arise, doing this will keep spending in check both in the short and long term!

Repairing or Replacing Your Roof – Which is Right?

How old is your roof? 

Tiled and slated roofs installed well and properly maintained can live up to 30 years, and flat roofs typically last around 25 years. Bear in mind that this is assuming that regular ‘health checks’ and repairs are carried out.

If you’re encountering problems with a roof that’s already passed its birthday, replacing it now might make the most sense.

Unsure how old your roof is? Call us today for a Free Survey on 01953 660550; with our Surveyors’ extensive knowledge, we can assess the roof and estimate the age, advising of any underlying problems that may be hiding underneath.

What is the extent of the damage?

A missing tile here or there can be easy to fix, even yourself as an experienced DIYer. Issues that are more widespread however, including tile free patches or leakage, can be your signs that a roof replacement will soon be on the cards.

What about a partial re-roof? In some cases this is possible, however seek professional advise before making a decision on this; further investigation may find hidden problems.

What plans do you have for your home? 

Replacing your roof means making a major investment into your home. If you are already deliberating between repair and replacing and are looking to move, you may be able to get away with a straight forward repair. However, keep in mind that a new roof will likely add value to your home; enhancing its visual appearance making it more energy efficient and giving prospective buyers increased confidence in the long term health!

Some minor repairs can be done by any experienced DIYer and replacing odd tiles can be a simple fix. Using an old tile as a point of reference, reclaim yards can assist with finding replacements, alternatively call us to see if we have any surplus tiles.

Need more help making a decision?

If you are unsure or feel like a new roof is in order, contact us today for an expert opinion. A reputable, experienced roofer will work with you to assess your roof and offer advice on your best options. When you decide how you would like to proceed, they’ll be able to restore your roof to its glory and ensure it continues to perform at its best.

Did you know that whilst re-roofing we can also assess your rainwater goods (guttering and downpipes), insulation, chimney & gable brickwork, roofline and leadwork? It is often more cost effective to tie all the works in together.

Aspect Roofing, a trusted and local East Anglian contractor with over 45 years’ experience, offer 10 year guarantees on all re-roof projects for that extra peace of mind that you are in safe hands.