When your roof is already past its prime, it’s time to plan for a replacement. Apart from choosing quality materials and working with the right contractor, you have to decide whether to opt for a shingle overlay or tear off the old roof and start from scratch.
While a roof overlay can save you time and money, there are a lot of reasons experts don’t recommend this method. Here’s why a full tear-off is a more practical choice:
Enjoy the Benefits of a New Roof
Tearing off your old roof means you don’t have to worry about underlying issues like leaks, damaged flashing and rotting decking. Every aspect of your roof will be new.
This also allows your contractor to thoroughly check your roofing structure and make the necessary repairs before installing the new roof. It ensures that the finished product will be flawless. You don’t get this opportunity with an overlay because roofers won’t be able to see the structure’s overall condition.
A complete tear-off roofing job will last longer than an overlay. Since the roof is new, you can expect it to last from 10 to 20 years, depending on the materials used. It also doesn’t trap much heat.
With a roof overlay, shingles curl and break down quickly because of excessive heat. Additionally, since you’re adding another roof to the top of your home, it can compromise the system’s structural integrity. It’s also more difficult to track from where the leaks are coming.
Increase Your Home’s Value
If you’re planning to move out and sell your home in the future, a full roof replacement is worth the investment. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, this can provide up to 65.9% return on investment.
When it’s time to invest in a new roof, Blue Collar Roofers has got you covered. Get in touch with us today at (315) 720-6665, or complete our contact form for more information about our products and services.