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Rescue or Renew? Deciphering When to Repair or Replace Your Roof

When it comes to your home and family, nothing protects them as effectively as a stable roof. However, with such a tough job to handle your roof will start to show signs of damage and wear and tear. When that time comes, knowing which one you should go with between a roof repair vs replacement can help your roof continue to protect your home and family with ease. In this blog, we are going to help you decide which of the two roof services, a repair or replacement, you should get!

Difference Between a Roof Repair and Replacement
Before jumping into which roof services you should look for, it’s important to understand the difference between a roof repair and a replacement.

  • Roof Repair: Roof repair services mainly involve minor roof repairs such as patching a small hole or replacing a few worn-out shingles , reflashing a chimney or skylight. This option tends to be the more cost-effective choice between the two options.
  • Roof Replacement: A roof replacement is more complicated and involves removing the existing roofing material, an inspection of the inspection of the underside of the roof sheeting or decking for organic growth and delamination, and then an installation of new roofing materials. This option will be more expensive and time-consuming.

Repair or Replace Roof Considerations
There are a few factors you need to consider when it’s time to decide if you should look for roof repair services or roof replacement services.

  • Age of Your Roof: The first factor you need to consider is the age of your roof. Most roofs have an average lifespan of 18-22 years. If your roof is near this range, it may be time to consider replacing it, but if it’s much less than that then roof repair services should be enough.
  • How Damaged is Your Roof: Take note of how damaged your roof is. If you live in an area that is prone to harsh weather conditions, then your roof will likely be more damaged. The extent of the damage will determine if you should get a roof repair vs replacement.
  • Cost Considerations: You must take your current financial situation into consideration. You can start by creating a budget and then estimate roofing costs by looking into roof repair prices and replacement prices.
  • Plans for Your Home: The last factor to consider is how long you plan on staying at your current home. If it’s a short-term living space, then minor roof repairs should get you through, but if it’s a long-term home then a replacement will be a better investment.

So, Should You Get a Roof Repair or Replacement?
As the condition of a roof will vary from house to house, taking note of all the above factors will help you determine if you need a residential roof repair or complete replacement.

Get a Repair If:

  • Your roof is relatively new.
  • It doesn’t have major damages.
  • It’s the only option within your budget.
  • You plan on finding a new place to live soon.

Get a Replacement If:

  • It was last replaced 18-22 years ago or more.
  • Your roof is leaking from multiple places
  • All your roofing materials are nearly worn out.
  • You have the funds for it.
  • Your current home is going to be your forever home.

Seeking Professional Consultation
Determining if you should get a roof repair vs replacement can be tricky as there are a lot of outlier cases that can change the choice. For instance, if your roof is over 25 years old but has been well-maintained it can still get by with minor roof repairs. Another example is if your roof is brand new but suffered major damages or wasn’t installed correctly, it may need to be replaced sooner. To help you make the right decision, it would be best to consult with a professional roofing company. They have the ability to figure out what exactly your roof needs so you don’t have to make guesses.

Pacific West Roofing is here to help you make the right decisions when it comes to your roof. With over four decades of experience, we provide top-tier residential roofing services and commercial roofing services. Feel free to contact us here for your roofing needs.

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New Roof Installation: What to Expect

A well-maintained roof is crucial for the protection and longevity of your home. When it comes time for a new roof installation, homeowners often have questions about the process and what to expect. In this article, we will provide you with comprehensive information to guide you through the journey of getting a new roof. From identifying signs that indicate a new roof is needed to find a reputable roofing contractor, we’ll cover it all. Let’s dive in!


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4 Signs You Need a New Roof

Your home is one of the most significant investments you will make in your lifetime, and the roof is one of the most important elements to maintain and monitor to protect that investment. Your home’s roof shelters you from the elements and provides proper ventilation and air quality within the home. The roof is also one aspect of homeownership that many don’t understand and it is often overlooked until obvious signs of trouble—leaks—are finally noticed. But leaks aren’t the only sign your roof may be in trouble.


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4 Factors of a Roofing Estimate

Your roof protects your most important investment– your home. And yet, many homeowners aren’t sure what roof repairs or a full roof replacement should cost. Below we’ll go over the main factors most roofing contractors consider when estimating the cost of a new project. When going over these items with your roofer, it can speed up the process and save you money if you know your roof and what you want.


It can be tough to know whether your roof can stick it out for a few more years or if it needs to be replaced. Most homeowners hope to make do with a few repairs, but depending on your roof’s condition, a roofer may tell you that’s not such a wise idea. If your roof is more than 15 years old, is leaking in multiple places, or has been repaired many times in recent years, it’s probably time to tear it off and start new. It can also be difficult to match new material with the old stuff, and those efforts can add to your estimate.

In cases like these it’s smart to invest in a new roof, and it’s an investment that will have some valuable returns. Aside from adding value to your home, today’s roofing materials will also make your home more energy efficient, helping you control indoor air temperatures and save money on your heating and cooling bills. If you’re still not sure whether to repair or replace your roof, ask your roofer for estimates on both projects.

You might also consider simply adding a second layer of shingles to your roof, which is less expensive than a full replacement but can be more problematic. Read our blog post on layering shingles for more on that topic.


The potential price of your roofing project will also be based on factors like the style of your roof and its current “health.” Your roofer will need to know whether your roof is flat or sloped, hipped or gabled, the number of levels it has, and if there are dormers or valleys. The roof’s accessories and underlying structure may also be a factor, especially if you see any signs of moisture damage in your attic. Mold remediation and/or replacing rotten framework will definitely change the scope of your project.


As you probably guessed, your roofing estimate will also be based on the type of material used in the repair or replacement. The most common and generally the least expensive material is asphalt shingles, which come in all kinds of compositions and colors. Next are cedar shingles and shakes, which are often chosen for their beautiful Northwest aesthetic, but come with more maintenance needs and a higher price tag. A metal roof will also be more expensive to install, but the benefits easily outweigh the cost. Not only will a metal roof last upwards of 50 years, it’s also the most energy efficient, moisture resistant, low-maintenance, lightweight and fire-proof choice out there. Slate, clay and concrete tiles are also among your options for roofing material, but they are seldom used in the Pacific Northwest. While they are durable and beautiful, tile roofs are particularly heavy (which requires additional structural support) and even more expensive.


Any reputable roofing professional will offer you a free roofing estimate (as long as no diagnosis is necessary) and you’re likely to get a wide range of bids. Make sure the estimates you receive include everything from the materials and labor to taxes and permits. It’s also wise to ask about the time your project will take.

When making comparisons and choosing your contractor it is crucial to consider more than just costs. Give special consideration to roofers who come recommended by a friend or family member, and use the resources at your disposal to feel them out. Are they in good standing with the Better Business Bureau? Are they licensed, insured, and manufacturer certified? Ask prospective roofers for a few customer references so you can see for yourself whether you’ll be satisfied with their work.

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Contact Pacific West Roofing for a free estimate on your repair or replacement project! Call 503-635-8706 or click here to send us an email.





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