Reroofing vs. Roof Replacement — which is the right choice for you?
When you hear the term “reroofing,” your first thought might be another term for roof replacement. While roof replacements and reroofing are similar processes, they’re not quite the same. Reroofing is in fact an alternative option to repair your roof. There are some cases where reroofing might be the right case and some in which roof replacement could be the best option. But is reroofing possible for your home? Which is the right choice for you?
What Is Reroofing?
Reroofing is the process of replacing the existing roof covering — typically asphalt shingles — with a new roof covering. In some cases, the roof material may be removed but in most cases If you have damaged roof shingles, for instance, you might consider reroofing as a way to repair your roof. Reroofing can help fortify your roof against roof leaks as well as recover a smoother overall look that boosts your curb appeal. However, the same benefits can be said for roof replacement. So what’s the real difference for your home?
Reroofing vs. Roof Replacement
Both reroofing and roof replacement are ways to update your roofing system and protect your home. However, roof replacement involves removing the entire roof covering and doing work on the roof substrate, like rotted decking before adding a new roof covering. Roof replacement is a more extensive process, and thus more costly. However, when it comes to major roofing issues, roof replacement may be the only recourse for your home. Roof replacement is also the best option if you want to change your roofing material altogether. But there are some instances in which reroofing is not only an option but the right option.
Is Reroofing An Option For You?
One of the first things to consider is building codes. In some areas, building codes don’t allow more than two roof coverings over a particular home. This only makes sense, as too many roof coverings stacked on top of each other would cease to make for a functional or safe roof. If your roof hasn’t been reroofed before, you’re probably safe to schedule a reroofing. Reroofing is a good option for small fixes, such as damaged roof covering or leaks, but not for underlying issues such as roof rot. Reroofing is also a good idea if you’re on a budget, as it requires less labor and therefore costs less than roof replacement.
Ultimately, you’re the only one who can answer if reroofing is the right choice for you. Whether you need reroofing or roof replacement, though, Montgomery Winslow can help. Contact us today for more information or for a free estimate.