Reroof vs. Roof Replacement


There are many services that a roofing contractor provides its customer that you might be considering for your home. Among these services are reroofs and roof replacements. However, how do you know which one you need? 

This post will analyze these two popular roofing services, answer any doubts you might have and give you the necessary information to make the best choice for you and your family.

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Whenever you experience roof damage, such as leakage and deterioration, you can add a new layer of shingles on top of the existing old one. That is a reroof.

However, you can only reroof your roof if you haven’t done one before. Since reroofs aren’t the best option for protecting your home against harsh weather, many U.S states only allow two shingle layers to coexist on a roof at a single time.

Because a reroof requires very little effort and minimal material, roofing company usually charge less for a reroof. In fact, reroofing your roof is most likely the cheapest roofing solution you can find on the market. 


Can you do a reroof without asphalt shingles? 

The answer is yes.

However, depending on the material of your existing roof, a reroof might not be your best option financially.

Asphalt shingle reroofs are particularly cheaper than other materials. But when it comes to metal roofs, you may want to consider doing a roof replacement rather than a reroof, as it might be more cost-effective due to the material you will need for each job.

Bear in mind, though, that since reroof services consist of only adding a second layer of shingles, you won’t get the chance to identify any other source of damage, like rot, underneath the singles that may be causing your leak. Also keep in mind that reroofs will only last up to 20 years. 

If you are looking for a more thorough review of your roof, a roof replacement might be what you are looking for.  


Roof Replacement

Instead of stacking layers like a reroof, a roof replacement is a complete replacement of your old roofing shingles. During this service, the old shingles are completely removed, exposing the deck for an in-depth analysis of any existing damage.

If any issues are identified, new safety measures are put into practice to prevent further damage to your roof. This may affect the cost of the roof replacement but in the long run it will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. 

Once any structural damages to your roofing deck is fixed, your roofing contractor will provide a new underlayment that will best prevent infiltration on the ceiling. After that, the new layer of shingles is added and the job is done. This brand new roof is ready to resist the elements.

Roof replacements are costly due to a series of safety measures that are reviewed and renewed during the replacement process. This might seem tedious and unnecessary to some, but rest assured that getting your roof replaced is the best way to protect your family while also increasing the value of your home. 

So, as you continue to look at which of the two options is best for you, don’t just think about the upfront costs. Try to think long term, and really think about your home’s market value as well as your family’s future. 

The best way to get an idea of pricing is to reach out to a trusted professional for a quote. It doesn’t cost you anything and you not only will have a better idea of what your roof damage is but also you will get a professional’s opinion on the matter. 

Call us today for a no obligation free inspection, and we can help you start figuring out what the best plan of action is for you and your family. 

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