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When to Replace Your Roof?

One of the more difficult decisions to make regarding older roofing systems is whether they can be effectively repaired or if they require a full replacement. Small flaws, minor damage, a few missing shingles – these kinds of problems can generally be successfully repaired without reducing overall performance or lifespan. If your roof has sustained more significant damage, however, including numerous missing shingles or major leaks, it may make more sense to completely replace it with a brand new system. Knowing where to draw that line is the hard part, and why you should be sure to consult with the roofing specialists at At The Top Restoration to get an idea of how extensive the repairs would be, and how they might compare with a full replacement. This is one of the many reasons it is essential to conduct a detailed roof inspection at least once per year. There are a number of factors to consider, including cost, performance, durability, and longevity.

Signs that You Need a Roof Replacement

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Depending on the type of roof you have, shingles can display damage in many different ways. Asphalt shingles tend to curl, crack, and buckle with age, while premium roofing options generally age well but can sustain weather damage from heavy rain, hail or strong winds. Missing shingles are an obvious problem, one that can get exponentially worse in a hurry. Even if only a couple shingles are missing, this weakens the entire structure, loosens the remaining shingles and makes them more susceptible to future wind and rain. It also opens up the roof itself to damage and additional problems.


Each type of shingle has a specifically estimated life expectancy and they typically begin showing significant wear and tear as they near that age. Just because your roof still looks outwardly sturdy doesn’t mean its performance and strength aren’t still diminishing. The underlying foundations, joints, and structure can be hard to evaluate with the naked eye, and should ideally be inspected regularly by a trained professional.

Water Stains

Interior water damage is one of the most likely indicators that your roof needs to be replaced. While it is worth first having it examined by one of our qualified roofing specialists to see if it can be salvaged, there is a good chance the deterioration has gone too far to be repaired.

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Figuring out if your roof can be repaired or is a candidate for a full replacement is an intricate process taking into account a wide range of factors including age, damage and roof type. If you aren’t sure how much life your roof has left in it, call At The Top Restoration today at 615-824-1500
to schedule your detailed review.