Choosing between a roof repair or a full roof replacement after your home has sustained damage can be tough. Some contractors may even try to take advantage of that fact and push you toward spending more money than you need to. That may be great for their bottom lines, but not for yours—replacing your roof too soon can be a waste of money.

There is no substitute for the honest, informed opinion of an expert. In the meantime, though, you may want to learn as much as you can to help inform the decision you’ll ultimately have to make: to repair or to replace. Here are some things to consider when you have such a big choice to wrestle with:

The Damage

The extent to which your roof is damaged can point you in the right direction. You’ll obviously need a replacement when dealing with heavy damage, but if it’s just one or two areas of your roof that took a mild to moderate hit, you’ll likely be fine with roof repairs. Still, it’s always a good idea to have a trusted, reputable contractor inspect the roof.

The Roofing

How old is your roof? What material is it made of, and how long is its typical lifespan? What condition was it in before it was damaged? Would you be able to lay more shingles over the existing roof? These are all good questions to ask when coming to a decision. If your roof is nearing the end of its natural lifespan, has seen better days, and can’t be patched up with more shingles, your best bet may be a roof replacement.

The Contractor

Do your research and stay away from any roofing companies that have been known to push full replacement services on their customers. Homeowners from Chattanooga  to Cleveland, Tennessee and everywhere in between can count on ALL-TIMATE ROOFING. We’re one of the longest-tenured roof repair and replacement companies in the area and strive to maintain our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau every day.

Contact us to learn more and schedule your inspection.