Is Reroofing a Good Idea?

Re-roofing offers significant cost savings since you are reusing these materials. It also keeps your building protected during the roof installation process, since these protective layers stay intact. Since roofs have many layers, it is difficult to inspect them during the recovering process.

A new roof will typically last for 20 years if not more. Roofs with major damage, missing shingles, or physically older than 20 years are perfect candidates for a roof replacement. A roof replacement will involve stripping all of the old shingles from the roof first before replacing them with new ones.

As mentioned, homeowners are legally limited to two layer of roof shingles. Therefore, if you already have two layers, you'll need a full tear-off. Additionally, if your roof is severely damaged, it likely won't be able to support the weight of a reroof and will need to be torn off.

How long does a Reroof last?

Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years. Wood Shingles: 20-25 years. Rubber Roofs: 30-50 years. Metal Roofs: 50-75 years.

Keeping your roof in tip-top shape is a big investment. However, doing so can mean the largest return on investment (ROI). Reports indicate that upon the resale of a home, a new roof yields more than 80% of its original cost. Additionally, more than 30% of real estate agents accredit a roof restoration as a prominent way to ensure a quick sale.

If your roof isn’t in the best condition, don’t put off improving it. However, a big question when upgrading a roof is whether you should choose reroofing or a roof replacement.

What are the differences?

Let’s take a look at both to answer that question. This will also help determine which is the best option for you.

What Is Reroofing?

Not surprisingly, getting a roof restoration is quicker and less expensive than a full roof replacement. When taking on a roof fix, roofing contractors will place a new shingle overlay on top of any worn shingles. This not only improves the appearance of your roof, but also offers a protective layer to prevent leaks.

If you have just a single layer of roof shingles, reroofing is an option. On the other hand, having two layers of shingles already installed rules out roof restoration due to building codes. In this case, you would need a full roof replacement. Other factors that can rule out reroofing are your roof materials and the pitch of your roof. Reroofing is also not an option if you have major water damage, soggy shingles or missing shingles. Finally, a reroof typically doesn’t last as long as a roof replacement.

If you’re unsure about reroofing your home, contact a local roofing company to help you determine if it’s the best option for you. They will ensure that your reroofing project complies with local building codes, which will provide you with the most satisfaction and peace of mind.

What Is Roof Replacement?

Although you can get a roof replacement any time, problems with your roof deck make roof replacement even more appropriate. To expose the roof deck, roofing companies will need to strip all of the old shingles from the roof. Then, they will install a new underlayment or felt. This will protect the roof deck from the elements. Then, roofing contractors will completely recover the roof deck with new shingles, which should last for at least 20 years.

This will address all of the problems you have with your roof, rather than simply covering up any damage, as with reroofing. If your roof deck has severe damage, your roofing contractor will need to repair it to prevent further damage. Holes underneath can permit water to drip down into the walls, causing damage to drywall and flooring. This kind of damage can lead to expensive repairs. Therefore, although roof replacement is a costly project, it will save you money in the long run. This is because it allows you to identify early signs of sagging and rot caused by water damage to the deck. Hence, a full roof replacement will provide you with full roof leak repairs.

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