Should You Fix Your Roof or Fully Replace It?

The Proper Questions To Get The Proper Solutions

Roof leakage can often evoke panic in building owners and operational managers who have no clue if the fixing work will be fast and cost-efficient or the opposite. Thus, both building owners and administrators should be able to evaluate the scope of the problem to find the most suitable solution. A solution where the building is properly fixed without wasting any time or money. So how can we evaluate the issue and find out if it’s a low, medium, or high priority?

1st step: Assessing the Problem and Its Origins

Not all leaks are the same: they may occur on tiny punctures that can be sealed quickly or they can be apparent indicators of major roofing damage. When building owners and administrators find a leak, they must assess the severity of the damage by evaluating its culprit before coming up with the most suitable fix. For example, did any exterior events emerge that may have aggravated the problem?

Once any prior events can be identified, owners and administrators should be able to collect as many variables as necessary. For example, when or where does the water show up? How much? For instance, if the leak emerges only during rainfall, it may not be a leak but a problem with the HVAC or hydraulic network. Once the managers notice a leak, they should take the following actions quickly:

  • Outline the spot of the leak on the floor using tape. This will make the job of the roofing worker easier and faster. Instead of inspecting a whole 140.000 sq. feet roof, they can easily narrow down their concentration to a 20X20 spot.
  • Note down as much info as necessary to help your roofing experts and set the ground for a successful roof repair.
  • You can also gain important insight by accessing the building’s maintenance records, especially if the problem was formerly noted during a past check but wasn’t treated immediately.

2nd Step: Find The Most Suitable Solution That Matches Your Needs & Budget

Once the facilities administrator or building owner has found the culprit and severity of the problem, the next step is to come up with the most suitable solution that not only fixes the issue, but is also aligned with the owner’s needs, goals, and budget. The following are important factors to take into account:

  • How old is the roof
  • Any previous roof maintenance records/work
  • The building’s use
  • The owner’s plans for the building

For instance, if the owner intends to sell the building in the future, any fixing tasks should be limited to only the most urgent and crucial ones. However, if the building owner intends to keep the building for a longer period, extensive and serious repairs may be the best decision to expand the roof’s lifespan and boost the value of the building. If the issue is broad enough e.g. a dampened insulation or serious wind damage, the initial cost for a total replacement could be more justified and reasonable compared to paying often for minor repairs that add up.

Similarly, buildings that host people or costly equipment clearly need a total repair immediately, whereas uninhabited buildings or those who keep equipment and stuff that is not impacted by water and weather damage might be good candidates for a quick and temporary fix (while the owners improvise a more lasting solution to the problem).

2 Steps To Fix A Leak. Evaluate and Plan

Before owners or facilities managers dive into a solution when they deal with an unexpected leak in their roofs, they should pinpoint the origin of the leak and the severity of the issue. With the proper insight, it’s much easier to evaluate all available options and devise a solution that caters to the owner’s requirements.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Shingle Roofing 

There are several roofing choices nowadays, however shingle roofs remain the No.1 choice among homeowners. The reasons why they are so popular are many–from the fairly low cost of the material to its good appearance. Let’s now examine the advantages and disadvantages of shingle roofing.

The Good Stuff

They are affordable

Asphalt shingles as roof materials are fairly cost-efficient and they are a big reason why they are so commonly used. Provided they are installed properly, asphalt shingles may live up to 17 years–this is not so long compared to other roofing materials like clay tiles and metals, however, their cost-efficiency overpowers long-lasting protection.


While Shingles may not be as long-lasting as other roofing products, tar shingles may offer considerable protection. As they come at a fairly low cost and offer satisfactory protection, many homeowners deem them as a cost-efficient choice.

Style & Fit

A nice-looking roof adds an attractive touch to your house and that is certainly an important consideration when you intend to sell your home in the future. One of the pros of getting tar shingles is that they are externally moldable and come in several styles to suit your home’s style: 3-tab, laminated or premium versions. Furthermore, asphalt shingles come in various colors as well with black and brown being the most commonly picked colors, but you may also go for blue, green, or red color. This makes tar shingles incredibly versatile and able to match various home styles without looking weird.

Easy Set-Up

Tar shingles are more lightweight compared to other roofing products and they are also easy to train and install afterward. Additionally, they require less preparation work and no special equipment is necessary, making the set-up much easier than other roofing products.

Separate Shingles May Be Replaced

A rightly installed and solid shingle roof can last for several years to come, but it can deteriorate after some time due to chronic wear-and-tear. Even if the shingles damaged are one or two, replacing these is not hard at all.

Drawbacks of Shingle Roofing

High vulnerability to wind

Shingle roofs are more susceptible to wind uplifts, which can slide them off and leave them exposed to water leaks.

They are not recommended in freezing climates

Shingles perform their best when they are installed in warmer climates as opposed to snowy and freezing climates. Heavy and snowy conditions may result in cracking the shingles during their installation.

Development of Mildew Is A Common Sign In Shingle Roofs

If the shingle roof is not maintained properly, mildew can easily grow on the shingles and expand in shielded roof spots. To prevent this from happening, you have to get your roof nice and clean occasionally.

They are not ecological

Tar shingles are a partially solid petroleum by-product and thus they are not an ecological roofing choice. They also lead to high energy waste and greenhouse gas production during their making. Other roofing materials are more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.