Re-roofing versus Roof Replacement Which is the Better Choice

One of the most costly investments you will make is your roof when it comes to home improvement projects. You can also realize a very healthy return on this investment. A new roof not only resolves any leak issues you may have but also increases curb appeal and can significantly impact your home’s resale value. So if your roof needs a replacement, don’t put it off – get it done today. 

When it comes to moving forward and fixing your roof, one big question looms large. Do you re-roof or choose a complete roof replacement? Let’s take a look at both options. 

What is a Re-roof?

Re-roofing is a quick and less costly option for roof repair. During a re-roofing, a new shingle overlay is installed over top of your work shingles. This restores the look of your roof and covers any existing leaks you may have. 

The advantages of a re-roof:
  • This method does not require replacing the entire roof, making it a much less labor-intensive job.
  • This method uses fewer materials and in turn, makes it a cheaper option.
The disadvantages of a re-roof:
  • If you have two layers of shingles already, you cannot re-roof. 
  • Because you are not removing the current shingles, if there is any damage to the roof deck itself, you will not be able to detect them.

What is a Roof Replacement?

When your roof is completely replaced, the existing shingles are stripped off the roof. A new underlayment of roofing paper is applied to the deck, and new shingles are installed along with drip edge. If damage is found during the process of stripping the shingles, sections of the decking will be replaced at this time. 

The advantages of a roof replacement:
  • Any underlying issues will be detected and addressed.
  • Saves money over time as all problems are resolved and does not lead to future problems before the life of the shingles is reached.
  • Can be done regardless of how many layers of shingles you have.
The disadvantages of a roof replacement:
  • More materials and labor hours are involved so the cost will be higher.

How to Decide

If you have a home with minor issues or leaks because your roof has reached its end of life, then a re-roof may be the perfect solution for you. Also, if you only have one layer of shingles, a re-roof is a logical course of action. On the other hand, if your roof shows signs of significant water damage or is sagging in place, a complete roof replacement should be done to address those underlying issues. 

No matter which option you choose, the experienced and trustworthy roofers at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. are here to help. Give a call for a no-pressure roof inspection and quote today.