Depending on what it is made of, a roof can be expected to last anywhere from 20 to upwards of 100 years. The age of your Vancouver BC roof and a few other factors are relevant when considering whether you require roof repair or replacement. Here is Kanga Roofing’s guide to this decision.

What is your roof made of?

We can take the age of your roof into consideration, based on what it is made of:

  • Asphalt Shingles can last about 20 years and are the most commonly used material for residential roofs. The lifespan may be shorter if the climate you live in is very hot and sunny.
  • Cedar Shingles can last about 25 years. Their use will add a lot of value to the right home, though they are expensive.
  • Synthetic Cedar Shingles can last about 50 years and give a similar look to your home as cedar shingles.
  • Metal roofs can last about 50 years.
  • Synthetic Slate can last about 50 years. It is made of rubber and plastic.
  • Natural Slate can last upwards of 100 years, though it is mostly found on churches and historical buildings.

Have you been experiencing roof leaks?

A roof repair may be completed if your roof has leaked once or twice. A replacement is a better option if you have had many leaks and they are widespread.

Do you have water spots on the ceiling?

If you see water spots on one ceiling tile, we can repair it–but spots in multiple locations or rooms will warrant a replacement.

Do you have a damaged roof?

A few missing shingles or minor damage from winds can be repaired, but a roof should be replaced when many shingles become loose after a wind storm and when shingles are no longer lying flat. If other roofing materials become broken, chipped, or cracked, replacement is also in order.


If you cannot afford a roof replacement, repair can be a solution. Keep in mind your insurance may cover roof damage from a storm. Getting a new roof can also add value to your property.

To get further information from experienced roofers on whether you should consider repair or replacement, contact Kanga Roofing in Greater Vancouver.

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