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Re-roof, New Roof, Roof Repair– What should you do?


Before we begin to explain what the right option for your roof is, let us define what each of this term mean;


Re-roof is basically replacing your damaged roof with a new one. This type of measure is taken in the extreme situation.

New Roof

A new roof basically means installing a brand new roof in your house.  The difference between new roof and re-roof is that a new roof is installed once when the house is constructed. After that if anything happens to the roof and it has to be replaced, then you have to re-roof the house.

Roof Repair

Roof repair is pretty self-explanatory. If anything happens to your roof then roof repair is the only solution.

So new roof is an absolutely brand new roof installed for the first time, re-roof is the replacement of a damaged roof with a new one, and roof repair is simply fixing any issues with the roof.

The current status of your roof

Before deciding to go for anything, the first focus point should be the current situation of your roof. How is it, what are the challenges, what are the red zone areas, what parts need immediate attention and other related queries.

We have a general checklist for your roof. It will give you a rough idea of the status of your roof;


  • Missing tiles
  • Discoloration
  • Water ponding
  • Cracks
  • Bumps
  • Sags
  • Hollowness

Note: this list is not an all-inclusive one. You should consult professional roofers for proper inspection.

What’s better – Re-roof or Roof Repair

So now we come to the ultimate question, what should be done with the roofs? Re-roof or roof repair? Well, the simple answer is, if it is too bad then reroof is the best option and if it is repairable then roof repair. However, the trickiest thing to figure out is the level of severity of your roof.

It should be kept in mind that the cost difference between re-roof and roof repair is huge.

A professional roofer can be of help here. You should call experienced roofers in your area and let them inspect your roof and let them suggest the solution. There is a probability that the recommendation from the roofer is biased based on their own greed of making profits by suggesting the expensive solution. So you should at least go for three roofing companies before making a decision.

The Final Verdict

The final verdict about re-roof or roof repair should be of your roofer. The company should inspect and suggest you re-roof or repair option based on facts.

1 Comment

    • Jane

      Great article on roofing options. It’s certainly an important area to think about, and you want to ensure you are getting the best fit for the job. Paying attention to your house upkeep, such as the roof, and being able to identify when it requires maintenance is very important. If you’re in the position of choosing a new roof (i.e. installing a new roof at the time of the houses construction), it’s always a good idea to look into the most durable materials – for instance EPDM Rubber roofing.

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