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How to Tell if Your Roof Needs Repair or Replacement

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If you’re a homeowner, it is inevitable that at some point, you’ll need to either repair or replace your roof. But you may not be sure what the signs are to tell if your roof needs to be replaced. Additionally, you need to know how to tell if it’s going to be a quick, easy repair or a long, expensive replacement. Today, we’ll answer all your questions about the difference between a roof replacement and repair and share some signs your roof is in need of some work. 

What’s the Difference between a Roof Repair and a Roof Replacement?

Before we begin on some of the signs that a roof repair or replacement may be in your future, we first need to explain the difference between the two. A roof repair is a cheaper, quicker fix to any damage your roof may have sustained through wear and tear. It simply is fixing the part of the roof that needs repair rather than getting a whole new roof. While this is an economical option, it may not apply in all situations depending on the roof’s damage and age. 


Replacement, on the other hand, may take longer and cost more, but it often has the benefit of saving you money in the long run, improving your roof’s energy efficiency, and keeping your roof sturdy throughout Florida’s hurricane season. Often, you’ll want a replacement when there is a large amount of damage to your roof or it’s at the end of its lifespan.


Signs It’s Time for a Repair or Replacement 

There are several signs you will begin to notice if your roof needs a replacement or repair. Here are some ways to tell if your roof needs to be worked on. 

Outside Signs of Roof Damage 

If it’s time to repair or replace your roof, you may be able to see signs when looking at your roof outside. One of the most obvious signs is if you can visibly see missing shingles. Shingles protect your roof from the elements like rain, so you’ll want to patch any exposed spots you see. Similarly, if you see your shingles curling or cracking, they may need to be replaced, even if they’re still attached to the roof. Curling or cracking means the shingles have been exposed to too much heat and are losing structural integrity.


A lesser-known sign is if you see moss growth on your roof. Moss thrives in damp environments, so seeing moss on your roof may indicate you have too much moisture in your roof. This can cause structural damage to the wood frame. Moss can also cause too much extra weight on your roof. Over time, slowly this will cause the roof to sag in. This is called roof sag and should be inspected immediately if you can see a noticeable sag to your roof. Depending on the severity of the sag, it could be an emergency situation.

Internal Signs of Roof Damage 

Just as you may see signs outside your home, you may see some signs on your ceiling. You may be able to tell visually if your roof is in need of repair or replacement. Leaks and water stains are going to be one of the most common signs that something is wrong with your roof. Too much moisture can wreak havoc on your roof and its structure. When an excess of moisture begins to build up, the water can either leak through your ceiling or cause water stains. 


If you have an attic, you’ll want to periodically check for any mildew growth. This is another sign that your roof isn’t ventilating properly and has moisture stuck inside. Catching this in the early stages will be vital in only needing a repair rather than a replacement. While checking your attic, if you can see light or feel drafts from outside, this is a sure sign that there is a hole in your roof in need of repair.

Age of Roof 

Florida has extreme weather that your roof has to be able to withstand. From the summer heat to powerful hurricanes, these conditions cause Florida roofs to have a shortened lifespan. For this reason, it is recommended that you replace your roof every 15 to 20 years in Gainesville. If your roof is older than 15 or 20 years, it may not be worth it to try to do a repair. Additionally, insurance may not even cover damages until you get a replacement. 

Roof Inspection

Sometimes, you may not be able to see any signs that your roof needs a replacement or repair. Damage may be hidden from your view that leaves you unaware of what is happening. This is why you should regularly have roofing professionals do an inspection of your roof. Especially before hurricane season comes around. A professional roofer will be able to see any damages that could threaten the integrity of your roof and offer the best solution. We here at McFall Roofing even offer free inspections for everyone to ensure your roof is structurally sound and healthy. 


Trust All Your Roof Repairs and Replacements to McFall Roofing

DIY roof repair is a taxing job. McFall Roofing is dedicated to providing Gainesville residents with energy-efficient, quality roofs. Whether you just need some shingles replaced or you need a whole new roof, we’ve got you covered. Rest assured knowing your roof is in good hands, and call us today!