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When homeowners notice damage to their roofs, they are likely to hire a professional San Antonio roofing service to perform an assessment. When a roof is in very poor condition, it may be recommended that it be replaced. However, there are many circumstances where it may not be clear if the best choice is to repair or replace a roof.

There are several factors that go into the decision to replace an old roof or to repair a damaged roof. Both the state of the roof and its age are important aspects to take into consideration. A roof replacement will almost always cost more than a repair, so it is important that people consider both the long term and immediate costs of their decision.

If a roof has been well maintained and is in overall good condition, it may be a candidate for repair. For example, if a storm hit and tore a significant number of shingles off a roof, the roof deck and weatherstripping may still be in good shape. However, if a roof is frequently in need of repairs or has a number of leaks, it may need ongoing repairs and will still be prone to problems even after work has been completed.

Another consideration is how old a roof is.

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Asphalt roofs are the most popular, and they generally last around 30 years if they are maintained properly. If a roof is older and in need of major repairs, it may be a good idea to have it replaced, since this procedure will likely take place in the near future anyway. A newer roof may still have decades of use left in it, meaning that a large repair bill may be worth it.

In some circumstances, a half roof replacement may be an option for extensive damage to a roof. This type of procedure is typically a good choice when the damage to a roof is on only one side. The best candidate for half roof replacements are roofs that are separated by a ridge line or hips. When there is no separation, replacing sections of a roof can cause the roof to appear uneven.

If done properly, professionals can join roof sections in a way that appears seamless. However, if the shingles on a roof are faded, one side of the roof may appear newer and thus different from the other side. It is only a matter of time before the new shingles blend in through fading.

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