When properly installed, most asphalt roofs last decades. However, time, extreme weather, pests, and other concerns can take a toll. If you notice leaking or other signs of damage, you will have to decide between roof repair or replacement. While a contractor will offer advice based on your situation, the following guide gives general guidelines for when to go down each path.

Roof Repair

If there are only a few missing shingles or leaks confined to a specific area, a roofing contractor will be able to fix the problem relatively easily and for much less cost. This also preserves the house's current design, which can be especially desirable in older or stylized homes with slate or tile roofing.

Talk to your contractor about what you can do in the future to protect your roof. For example, you can trim back tree branches that might be scraping at shingles and make sure to clear the gutter so that rain doesn't back up behind clogs of organic debris. 

Roof Replacement

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If ice, snow, hail, and other extreme weather conditions caused substantial damage, it could compromise the property's structural integrity. The homeowner could face steep fines and penalties if the problem isn’t fixed. Therefore, a professional roof replacement is likely the only choice. 

Roof replacement is also recommended if the roof is showing signs of aging. For example, if most of the shingles have deteriorated, leaks can occur, causing water to filter into your home. Moisture can destroy insulation so that your energy bills spike, rot wood, and cause mold to grow, triggering allergic symptoms in family members. 

You should also consider a replacement if the cost of repairs is more than half of an entirely new system.  


The decision between roof repairs and a roof replacement is an important one. For more than 20 years, A-Denver Roofing Company has helped home and business owners make the right choice. The licensed, bonded, and insured contractor has extensive experience installing, maintaining, and repairing all types of roofs. Based in Denver, CO, count on this team to use top-quality materials and give clear and honest assessments while considering your budget. To schedule an inspection and receive a no-obligation estimate, call (303) 455-3185. Visit the website for the complete lineup of services.