Your home just got struck with hail damage, high winds, and a torrential downpour — what now? Do I need to get a whole new roof? Or, will roof repair be just fine? Here at CORE Roofing in Wayne, we are a roofing company with more than 50 years of experience and, in today’s blog, we are going to talk about whether your roof just needs a roof repair or if it’s time for a full roof replacement. 


That being said, each and every roof and home is different. If you are unsure about which one you need, contact us at CORE Roofing in Wayne today. We will be sure to get you a free estimate and educate you on all the options so that you can make the best decision possible for your home. 


What is the age of the roof? 

One of the first questions you should ask yourself when you are trying to decide whether you need a full roof replacement or roof repair work is, “How old is my roof?” If the answer about 20 years old or older, it might be worth your time and money to go for the full roof replacement. This can also depend on your roof’s material. A slate roof or a wood shake roof will have longer lifespans than roofs with asphalt shingles. Since most roofing uses asphalt shingles, a good rule of thumb is if the roof is older than 20 years old and is damaged, it might be worth your while to have a roof replacement done since you would have likely needed it very soon anyhow. 


If your roof is made from different material like ceramic or wood shake, reach out to us at CORE Restore in Wayne for a free estimate. We are a roofing company with years of experience and can help you decide what options are best for you. 

How much of the roof needs roof repair? 

Another good question to consider is, “How much of the roof needs to be repaired?” If a few shingles have come off, or you see one or two peeling up, then it doesn’t make much sense to do a full roof replacement. However, if let’s say 60% of your roof is in need of moderate to major repair, it would make significantly more sense to do a roof replacement. At that point, the cost of the roof repair could end up being more expensive than the replacement.

How extensive is the damage? 

If the damage to your roofing is mostly surface level and relatively minor, we at CORE Roofing in Wayne think roof repair will work just fine in most cases. But, if your roof has any sign of water damage, leaking, or other major damage, then we recommend replacing your roof right away. A roof repair may be a good short-term solution because it costs less and solves the immediate problem for now, but it is a poor and inadvisable long-term solution. A roof repair may address the obvious problems but will fail to address the underlying causes. 


Make sure to think long-term and about the big picture when deciding whether or not it’s time for a roof repair or a roof replacement. A roof replacement may be a bit more pricey up front but can end up saving you much more down the road. 



What material is the roof made out of? 

What materials your roof shingles are made from can make a huge difference in whether or not you need a roof repair or a roof replacement. Most roofing uses asphalt shingles, lasts roughly 20 years, and is designed to be reasonably durable. But, there are other types of roofing that are significantly more durable and is designed to last much longer. If your roof is not very far into its lifespan, then a roof repair is likely going to be the way to go. Here are some common roof types and their typical lifespans:


Asphalt shingles

  • 20 – 25 years on average
  • Low cost
  • Moderate durability

Wood shake roof

  • About 30 years on average
  • Moderate cost
  • Moderate durability

Metal roofing

  • Depending on the type of metal, typically between 50 – 100 years
  • Moderate to high cost depending on the metal
  • Very durable (and fireproof)

Clay roof shingles

  • 40 – 60 years on average
  • Moderate cost
  • Very durable

Slate roofing

  • 125 – 200 years on average
  • High cost
  • Extremely durable


Each roof is going to last a varying amount of time depending on the average weather conditions, if it’s well maintained, and if there have been any natural disasters like tornadoes.

Is there more than one layer? 

With asphalt shingles, you can typically have up to two layers at maximum. This means that if you would rather save the money and have another layer of asphalt shingles on top of your existing damaged layer — you can. At CORE Roofing in Wayne, we typically don’t recommend putting another layer on top of your existing one. Instead of addressing the damage, it is covered up. If you already have two layers of asphalt shingles on your roof, then you have no choice — roof replacement is your only option. 

Call CORE Roofing 

Here at CORE Roofing in Wayne, we are roofing experts with more than 50 years of experience in the industry. We can help you decide whether a roof repair or a roof replacement is going to be the best option for you and your family. Contact us today for a free roof estimate, to schedule roof repair, or to schedule a roof replacement. We work in Chester County, Montgomery County, and throughout southeast Pennsylvania!