Can Your Home's Roof Be Repaired?

Justin Ross

Figuring out if your house is a candidate for roof repair work isn't always simple. There are, however, a few things you can look for that might give you a good sense of the chances. You'll eventually have to get a roofing repair contractor out to inspect the building, but in the meantime, you can check for these four issues and use them as a starting point.

A Recently Spotted Hole

If you noticed a hole quickly after it appeared, there's a solid chance of having some repairs done. Bear in mind that this mostly applies to situations where you know what caused the hole, such as a tree branch puncturing the roof and making a noise. If you went outside the next day and saw a hole that hadn't been there before, that's a fairly good sign that the damage is fresh.

Why you probably will benefit from the damage being fresh is simple. A cleanly punched hole can usually be trimmed around and prepared for patching.


This is, to put it lightly, a very, very bad sign for the chances of a roof repair project. Once visible sagging has developed in a roof, it needs to be torn up and redone. In the worst scenario, you might even have to get a contractor to replace supporting structures like beams and trusses.

Doing temporary repair work to prevent further damage is sometimes an option in this scenario. A contractor usually elects to do this if the weather is too bad to permit more extensive work, such as during a period of extreme cold or heavy precipitation. They'll come back as soon as possible once the weather improves enough to permit more involved efforts.

Missing Shingles

Some situations are trickier than others. The problem with missing shingles is the solution could be as simple as replacing the shingles or as bad as having to rip out the materials and replace the roof deck. In the bad scenarios, the problem usually ends up being water getting into the underlying structures.

Leaks Going to the Inside Walls

This is another time where things can go a lot of different ways. A small hole can let a lot more water in than you might guess. The solution may be as easy as filling the whole with tar or epoxy. Unfortunately, there might also be damage similar to what you'd expect when a missing shingle lets water in.