Photo of damaged roof

Should you have your roof repaired or replaced?

Is your roof missing shingles or leaking water? Are you wondering if a repair job will extend its life or if you need to replace it entirely? The team at René Perron Couvreurs in Montreal and Laval has prepared this blog to help you make the right decision.


Consider the age and condition of your roof

If your roof is new relative to its estimated lifespan and still under warranty, it’s best to contact the company that installed it. They’ll rectify the situation and improve your roof’s longevity. For example, asphalt shingle roofs have an average lifespan of 20 years. Elastomeric membrane roofs can last up to 30 years, and metal roofs can last over 50.


However, if your roof is no longer under warranty, you must have every aspect thoroughly inspected, including the shingles, joints, granules, gutters and soffits. You can do this yourself or hire a professional.


Pay attention to signs your roof needs to be replaced . Is the damage extensive but limited to a specific area? Ask an expert if it’s possible to repair only the damaged section. Has your aging roof already undergone multiple repairs? Premature wear and tear can be caused by a design flaw or excessive wind exposure. It’s a good idea to consult a professional to identify the issues and correct them before you invest in an entirely new roof.


Assess the situation inside your home

The condition of your roof can have a host of repercussions inside your home. Excess humidity, swelling paint, peeling wallpaper, water seepage, condensation in the attic and rising energy bills can all result from a damaged roof. If you notice water leaks, yellow or brown stains or mould on the ceiling, or if the lumber in your attic is damp, you must have your roof replaced to avoid more serious damage to your home.

Get your roof assessed by a professional. They’ll be able to recommend the best course of action.


Consider your budget

Can’t stretch your budget to replace your roof despite the extent of the problem? Repairing your roof might be a good option. However, if you’ve budgeted for extensive renovations, investing in a new roof can have several advantages. In addition to making your property more esthetically pleasing, a complete renovation can increase the value of your home by up to 20 per cent, depending on the type of roofing and the current condition of your roof.



Replace if:

  • The roof is visibly damaged in multiple places
  • The roof has exceeded its average life span or has already been repaired
  • You have a budget for renovations
  • You’re considering selling your property

Repair if:

  • There’s minor damage to a few areas of the roof
  • The roof is still new or has never been repaired
  • You have budget constraints


Ask an expert for advice

The best way to find out if you should repair or replace your roof is to ask a qualified professional for advice. At René Perron Couvreurs, we specialize in installing and repairing all types of roofs, including asphalt shingles, LEED-certified roofs and elastomeric membranes, in Montreal and Laval. We can inspect your roof and give you the right advice.

Count on our experienced team to perform the necessary repair or replacement while respecting your needs and budget. Contact us today to make an appointment.