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Re-Roofing vs. Full Roof Replacement

If your roof is outdated or damaged, navigating through repairs may be tricky. When talking to a contractor, it’s possible they may offer two major options: complete roof replacement, or re-roofing the remaining structure. There are many differences in cost and efficiency, as well as their own pros and cons.

If you’re in a similar situation, follow the guide below:

Which Method is Best for You?

The answer to this question is largely based on two factors: overall condition and how many layers it currently has. If your roof is in very bad condition, your best bet is to replace it entirely.  You could have rotten wood underneath which could lead to all sorts of issues like mold, leaks, and structural degradation.

Also, if the roof already has two or more layers of shingles on it, you shouldn’t add an additional layer.  Asphalt is heavy and adding too many layers of shingles may compromise the structural integrity of the roof.  In many places, it’s against building code to add more than 2 layers of shingles to a structure.  For example, roofers in Atlanta are not allowed by code to add a third layer of shingles to a roof if there are already 2 layers on it.  If the above two circumstances do not apply, then re-roofing may be a more economical option for you.

Should I Get My Roof Re-Roofed/Re-Shingled?

Re-roofing is a solid option, if you’ve considered all the factors. As we stated above, re-roofing is not a bad idea if the damage is light. Most common shingles are relatively easy to replace and can be done at low cost to the owner. However, if the damage is a bit more severe, you may want to consider the latter.

If your roof was damaged in a rainstorm, it’s very likely that water made its way into places it shouldn’t have. If it’s left unchecked, it could cause the decking of the roof to rot. Rotten wood could also very well lead to mold. In this case, a complete roof replacement should be considered. In the event that you’ve chosen to re-roof instead of the latter, these important issues may be overlooked. As it’s nearly impossible to inspect the structure below the shingles.

Another factor to consider is how many layers of shingles already exist on your roof. In most states, building code requires homeowners to have no more than two layers of shingles on their roof. In this case, your licensed contractor will very likely suggest a full roof replacement anyway.

Is a Complete Roof Replacement Right for me?

If your roof has significant damage or wear and tear, then a complete roof replacement may be the right option for you. The structure beneath your roof is of the utmost importance. It doesn’t take a lot of water to cause significant damage. A complete roof replacement makes it infinitely easier for your contractor to identify and fix problems with your roof’s foundation.

Another pro to consider is the future monetary value of your new roof. If selling your home is on the books, your revamped structure and newfound curb appeal will surely benefit the process.  Many potential buyers will not opt to buy a home if they believe the roof only has a few years left.

Even though a complete roof replacement seems like the clear-cut option, there are still some cons you should consider. Most importantly, a completely new roof will leave a dent in the bank. Exact prices will vary depending upon your contractor and which materials you choose. This will be an important factor when building your budget.

Secondly, completely replacing your roof will also take some time. And depending on the structural damage found, it could really throw a spanner in the works – as the foundation will most certainly take precedence. You must also consider how much commotion this can cause for you and/or your family.

The Final Decision

In the end, the answer to this debate purely depends on the circumstances. If you believe the damage is beyond simple shingle repair – go for the full replacement. Your house will thank you. It’s an investment after all. On the other hand, if the damage stops at the shingles and you don’t have the money or the time to deal with a full replacement – re-roofing is calling your name!

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