What is the difference between reroof vs. a new roof?

Re-Roof vs. New Roof

You’ve waited long enough but you can’t hold out any longer. It’s time to replace your roof. However, the decision may not be that simple. You may have the option of re-roofing which is a process of laying another layer of shingles over top of the existing later. To determine which option is right for your home you know you need to know what to look for.

Re-roof

The main reason for re-roofing is cost. It is generally a less expensive option than getting a brand-new roof. If the roof on your home has one layer of shingles and is in tiptop shape then you have the option of adding a second layer of shingles which is referred to as re-roofing. There are a few things to keep in mind before choosing re-roofing. You must not have any visible roof damage. There also must be no growth of algae or moss. Your current shingles also need to be flat so that the new layer will be laid in an even way. If you have a couple of patches on your roof that is in great shape it could be possible to make minor repairs before re-roofing.

Keep in mind that when you have a full layer of shingles on your roof it is impossible to fully inspect it for damages. If you lay another layer over it you could be concealing issues that you can’t see. Another downfall of re-roofing is that airflow to your attic and home is restricted. You will certainly save money upfront over at full roof replacement however you could be covering problems that will end up costing you more money down the line.

New roof

Installing a new roof on your home is usually the best option. Your current roof is completely removed and the decking underneath it is fully inspected and any repairs are made before the new shingles are installed. A new asphalt shingled roof will last about 20 to 30 years and I can last upwards of 50+ years.

If your current roof has many curling shingles or has grown of algae or mold you will be better off with a brand-new roof. Also if you have water leaking into your home you must have a new roof because the issues will be repaired prior to installing the new roof. Basically, if your roof is nearing the end of its life span and you are having issues with moisture you will need to have a new roof rather than a re-roof.

When you are trying to determine whether you can re-roof or need a new roof it is best to consult the experts. Your professional roofing contractor will be able to inspect your current roof and give you an honest opinion on your best option. When you are ready for a roof call the experts at All Phase Roofing Solutions.