We rarely worry about our roofs until we spot a leak. Then, we have to decide whether to re-roof or get a new roof. How do you decide on the best approach?

Re-roofing seems the cheaper option. Except, is it ideal for your circumstances? Remember, the roof is a vital part of the house. It is what shields you and your family from the elements.

As you consult with a local roofer, it is prudent to do a bit of research before making your final decision. Consider the following facts: –

What Does Re-roofing Entail?

When a local roofer re-roofs your house, they will work on the current shingles and add another layer of shingles or metal roofing to repair the defect.

Hence, there is no dismantling of the roof. It’s a simple and more affordable process. Even so, such roof repair works only for the first time.

Re-roofing work lasts a shorter time than a tear-off process. Then, what happens when you have a problem with your roof much later after the overlay? Roof replacement will be the only choice you have.

It’s best to re-roof your house if: –

    • The roof is still new but shows signs of defects. For example, if you notice a leakage or moisture builds up shortly after your new roof is complete. Depending on the extent of the defect, you may need to re-roof it.
    • It’s an old roof but still in good shape.
    • The local roofers made too many layers for your roof.
    • Your existing shingles are incompatible.
    • You have a budget constraint. Otherwise, expect to spend up to $10,000 for a new roof.
    • When you have no time to do a full roof replacement. For example, when it is almost winter.

Re-roofing is not ideal in the following scenarios: –

    • When you are uncertain about the condition of the roof deck. For example, you may not notice sag or rot in the shingles left behind. Re-roofing will not address the core problem. Instead, it will cover it up for some time.
    • If you have to re-roof only a section of the roof. Unless you have an observant local roofer, you’ll end up with one side thicker than the other. This difference is noticeable from far.
    • If you have more than one layer of shingles on the roof. Here, re-roofing your house will not be useful. It may not be possible to drive nails through the many layers. Hence the new layer of shingles may not be stable or firm.

Roof Replacement

When you opt for a new roof, the local roofer will tear off the current one up to the deck and place a new roof instead. This process is possible irrespective of the current number of shingles on the roof.

Your commercial roofing contractor may suggest a re-roofing exercise. You can insist on a total roof overhaul. A roof replacement is labor-intensive, takes time, hence expensive compared to re-roofing.

Plan for a roof replacement: –

    • Anytime you want to do the roof replacement.
    • Your roof is leaking.
    • The roof’s lifespan is almost over. Confirm this timeline from your home improvement files.
    • There are two or more shingles on your roof.
    • There is damage or cracks on the shingles after a massive storm.
    • Your cement flashing has cracks. These broken sections are around the vents, chimney seals and skylights.
    • There is a problem with the decking.
    • You notice some rot, sagging, moisture buildup on the lower sides of the roof.
    • There is moss growing on the roof. This growth is a sign of moisture buildup in your roof.
    • The entire roof is in poor shape.

In short, a roof replacement is the best option for your roof. It throws out any guesswork, hence a safe choice. Plus, though a significant investment, a roof replacement lasts longest. But, if you have any limitations, then opt for a re-roofing, as you arrange for the tear-off later on. Consult your local roofer and get him started before it’s too late.