How To Tell If Your Roof Needs A Repair Or Replacement

The question of whether to repair or replace a roof is a major concern among homeowners. On the basic level, your roof only needs repair work if it shows minor wear and it is years away from its expiry date. But if the damage extensive, you're better off replacing the entire roof. If you're mulling the options of roof repair or replacement in Central Florida here are some factors to consider.

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How To Tell If Your Roof Needs Repair Or Replacement

Water Damage

Water is a powerful force and once it seeps through your roof, it can quickly cause serious damage in your home. Peeling paint on the wall, brown spots on the ceiling or mold can all be signs of roof leakage. If the leakage is small, then a repair may be all you need.

When there is extensive water damage to the roofing layer or you've already repaired your roof multiple times, you should consider a full roof replacement rather than attempt a patch or repair.

Missing Or Damaged Material

The material your roof is made with could sustain this type of damage:

  • Curled or torn shingles
  • Broken and split tile
  • Completely missing in areas

If the damage is limited to small areas, a simple repair may suffice. But if you have a portion of the roof replaced, the repair will be evident. If you care about visual consistency or more than 25 percent of your roof is damaged, you'll want to go for a complete roof replacement.


You need to know your roof's age and expected lifespan to determine whether a repair or replacement is necessary. If the roof is still in good shape or was recently replaced, a spot repair may make sense. But, if the roof is old or nearing the end of its warranty, and has a couple of problem areas, replacing it may be the better way to go.

Recent Catastrophe

If your neighborhood has been ravaged by a natural disaster like a tornado, hurricane, or violent storm, the structural integrity of your roof could be significantly compromised. As such, you'll definitely want to consider replacing your damaged roof, even if the damage appears localized. Bigger problems may not be readily apparent and it's better to be safe than sorry.

Florida Laws About Roof Replacement

Because of strong storms and hurricanes, Florida has extensive regulations regarding roofing. The Florida Building Code dictates when a roof can be repaired, reroofed, or entirely replaced. Some of those regulations are aimed at ensuring your roof is installed to withstand strong winds and hurricanes.

The laws vary depending on whether your home is in a high-velocity hurricane velocity (HVHZ). In these areas, the Building Code has additional requirements for secondary water barriers, wind load requirements, and performance requirements.

Another important roofing rule in Florida is the 25 percent rule. This states that if more than 25 percent of a roof is requiring repair within a year, then there may be a need for total roof replacement. For home inside an HVHZ, the entire roof should be replaced if more than 25 percent of the roof must be repaired within a 12-period.

These laws also dictate how roofs must be installed and who can work on them. When it is time to replace your roof, you must hire a certified roofing contractor to do it.

Contact West Orange Roofing To Schedule A Free Consultation

A new roof can dramatically improve the structural integrity and look of a home. By investing in quality roofing materials and installation services, you can rest assured that your home is protected for the long haul. At West Orange Roofing in Central Florida, we are certified and reliable roof replacement experts who know Florida Building Code. Contact us today to schedule an inspection.

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