If you’re getting a new roof, chances are you’re already assuming that your property’s current roofing system will be completely torn off. While that may be true, you may also want to consider going for a re-roof. How are these two different from each other and which one is the better option? Let’s take a look at both of them to find out.
As its name implies, a tear-off involves having to tear down what remains of your property’s current roofing system. Shingles that have been raked out of the decking may also have to be completely removed. This option takes longer and requires more labor, therefore having a higher upfront cost than re-roofing. However, it is your only option if the old shingles and roof deck are heavily deteriorated.
Other Benefits of a Tear-Off
A roof tear-off gives you and the roofers an opportunity to take a closer look at the (usually) unseen parts of the roof: the trusses and decking. This means you won’t have to worry about your new roof being severely affected by underlying structural roof problems. A tear-off is also the better option of the two if you want to be absolutely sure that your new shingles are installed on a completely flat surface.
Re-roofing refers to the process of installing new roofing material over an existing roof surface. While this is commonly done with new roofing shingles, adding new metal panels directly over older shingles is also a popular option. Most of the old roof remains intact, and the process takes a lot less time (and labor costs) than a total roof tear-off.
Other Benefits or Re-Roofing
Aside from the lower upfront cost, re-roofing makes it possible to get a new roof just in time for a major weather event such as storms or the onset of winter season. Furthermore, because you still get to use most components of the old roof, you’re still technically getting some value out of it. The only time a re-roofing is not an option is if the existing shingles are uneven because of warped roof decking or if the roofing contractor insists that a tear-off is required to install your new shingles according to manufacturer specifications.
Make an informed decision and choose wisely with help from the best in the business. Howard Roofing is a trusted roofing company in St. Charles, MO. Call us at (636) 296-1057 or use our contact form to request a free estimate.