If you ever have a damaged roof, you can only hope that only a small series of repairs will be needed to fix it and bring it back into good order.
But sometimes small roof repairs won’t cut it, but you also won’t necessarily need a complete roof replacement either. This is where re-roofing can come in as a valuable option. While some use the words “re-roofing” and “roof replacement” interchangeably, they are actually two very different processes (at least they are for us).
To learn more about our re-roofing services, please read on about the following:
Re-roofing vs. Roof Replacement
Re-roofing is done when you leave existing shingles on the roof, and install new shingles over the top of them. Keep in mind that only roofs with asphalt shingles are eligible for re-roofing. You can also only add one layer of shingles. Once you have done a re-roof, you cannot do another one on the same roof. A roof replacement involves taking off all previous roofing materials and installing a completely new roof. While both have their necessary places, they differ greatly in cost, time and labor.
When to Re-roof
Re-roofing is a good option when you are having minor issues with your roof, but no major damage. Many homeowners will look at re-roofing when their roof is hitting its estimated lifespan, but still is in great shape. On the flip side, new construction roofs that have experienced conditions such as a hailstorm are a good option for re-roofing because the room, while maybe experience some dents, is still in good condition with brand new materials. Re-roofing is also good when you need a simple fix for your entire roof, not a large fix for a small portion.
When to Not Re-roof
When looking at a re-roofing, you want to make sure that it is the right option and that you aren’t just covering up a bigger problem. There are problems that can be under shingles that will need to be looked at by a roofing professional. Things to check are your roof deck for any signs of mold, water damage or sagging. If your roof appears to be warped or distorted, a re-roof is not going to fix the problem. If everything on the roof deck appears to be good, but your shingles are extremely uneven or curling and warped, a re-roof will not work
One of the main benefits of re-roofing is the easy installation process. Because there is no tearing out of the old roof, there is minimal disruption to the structure being re-roofed. With the original roof staying in place, there is also a lot less debris that needs to be thrown out, making re-roofing a good green option. Installation process is also a lot faster, usually within a couple of days, as opposed to a roof replacement, which can last a bit longer.