There are several factors that go into determining when to replace your roof vs. repairing it. Some of these factors include age, condition and what elements your roof has been exposed to over it’s lifetime. You must also take into account the type of roof you have. Some types of stone coated steel roofs or synthetic roofing systems are designed for repairs to be made easily, while others, not so much. The harder the repair, the more it’s going to cost you. Questions to ask yourself are do I have a leak? Is it one blown off shingle or did the wind take off a whole slope? Is there hail damage? Is there blistering? These are just a handful of a ton of questions to think of before deciding which of the two you need to go with. If you have one blown off shingle on an asphalt roof with no other obvious damages or leaks, you’re probably safe doing a repair. If additional damage isn’t necessarily out of the question or you’re unsure if there’s additional damage, it would be silly to rule out a replacement without getting the opinion of a trained professional. Another big factor is the cost of a replacement vs. doing a repair. Most people go with a repair because they assume it’s cheaper than replacement. While sometimes the repair is cheaper, it’s often the same or more expensive than a homeowners deductible. Wouldn’t you be frustrated if you found out after you paid for a repair, that for the same amount of money or less, you could’ve got a replacement?! That’s like paying for a new Lexus and getting something out of the scrap yard! While there’s nothing wrong with driving a vehicle out of the scrap yard if it’s reliable, I’d be hard pressed to pay a Lexus price for it. The last good sign that it’s time for a replacement; all of your neighbors are getting new roofs! Fun fact: In the State of Oklahoma it is against the law for your insurance company to penalize you personally for filing a claim on a loss that is considered an, “act of God”. Don’t believe me? Look it up! The act of God clause is your policy! So if they can’t penalize you personally, how do they penalize you? You guessed it, they penalize the whole area that was affected! That means when your neighbors get new roofs, but you decide not to replace yours, you’re still paying for it! Now that I got your blood boiling, if you suspect that a replacement isn’t out of the question and you may have enough damage, it’s always best to call a reputable company to come out for an inspection. Almost all companies offer this service for FREE! It doesn’t cost you anything and at the end of the day, the least you’ll get out of the inspection is peace of mind. So before assuming the repair is cheaper, always double check because cheap can be expensive.