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How to Know Whether to Repair, Patch, or Replace Your Roof

Signs that your roof needs to be repaired or patched

Replacing a roof can be an expensive job, so if you can eliminate damage and danger through repairing or patching instead, then this is the more cost friendly solution. 

Signs that your roof may need to be repaired or patched include: 

  • ·     Cracked, loose or missing roof tiles
  • ·     Discoloration, moss or mould growth. This could indicate that part of the roof is rotting
  • ·     Visible sunlight from the roof/attic. This could mean that there are cracks or holes in the roof
  • ·     Flashings that are separating from the rest of the roof. Flashing is the material around protruding roof objects like chimneys and vents. Loose flashing can result in water leaking into ceilings or walls, which can cause irreparable damage if left unrepaired.
  • ·     Damaged ridges. If a ridge is in bad condition this can lead to damage of the whole roof if unrepaired, as they are vital in preventing water entering.

It is important to note however, that these signs do not always indicate that the roof can be repaired. In extreme or serious situations, when these kinds of damages have spread across a major section of the roof it is more likely that a replacement may be necessary. 

Contact a professional roofing company to assess your roof damage so that you have a clear indication as to how you can solve the issues that your roof is facing. Repair jobs can often be fairly simple, but should always be completed by a professional roofer to avoid injury and further roof damage. 

Signs that your roof needs to be replaced 

Whilst a roof replacement can be expensive as previously mentioned, it is an important thing to complete whenever necessary. Leaving a weakened or inefficient roof in place can lead to irreversible damage to the remainder of your home and can be dangerous to people around it. Indicators that your roof should be replaced include: 

  • ·     Roof sagging. The ridge of your pitched roof should be a straight line. If not it could indicate structural damage, which could result in roof collapse.
  • ·     Serious leaks when it rains or when snow accumulates on your roof in the winter, resulting in water damage.
  • ·     Objects fallen through or onto the roof which have weakened the roof or damaged its structure
  • ·     Slate roof: flaking or delamination of tiles, or powdering on the undersides of tiles. Often slate tiles can be turned over and reused on a new roof or for repairs, however if you notice either of these issues then it is time to fully replace the roof as the slate has deteriorated and is too porous to be effective.
  • ·      Concrete roof: sedimentary deposits of the cement tiles have built up in the surrounding gutter system. This occurs when the surface of concrete tiles has been ‘oxidised’ whereby it turns to powder and is eroded by wind and rain. This indicates a great weakness in the tiles which can lead to significant structural damage.

It is possible to have a partial roof replacement for only the damaged section if it is not the whole roof that needs attention; in other words, if the damage is more significant but confined to one side of the roof. However, even if only part of your roof is showing signs of wear, it’s wise to consider doing the entire job while the roofers are on-site with scaffolding, ladders, and equipment as it will likely be less expensive than doing one part now and the remainder in a few years.

At Eurotech roofing systems we can provide you with complete roofing services, and in the case of a roof replacement we can install one for you professionally and safely. We offer not only services, but also advice on the most appropriate roof for your home- whether that be a flat or pitched roof, and on the material which is optimal for you. Our advice is free and impartial, and we ensure you get the best possible service. Visit or phone us on 0800 29 49 422 for more information.