Your home’s roof is one of the biggest investments you’ll make aside from the home itself. With more than 30% of Realtors attributing roof restoration to quick sales, it’s easy to see why homeowners — especially those planning to sell — are eager to tend to their exterior aesthetic.
When it comes to restoring the roof, homeowners have a few options to choose from, including re-roofing and roof replacement.
At Beyond Exteriors, we always recommend roof replacement over re-roofing, and this post will explain why.
Contact us for a free roofing estimate if you’re looking to replace your roof.
What’s the Difference Between Re-Roofing & Roof Replacement?
Re-roofing is one of the quickest options for restoring your roof’s appearance. This process involves installing a new shingle overlay on top of the existing worn-out shingles.
Unlike re-roofing, roof replacement involves the total removal of existing shingles from your roof. Once the old shingles are stripped from the roof and the deck is exposed, your roofing company will apply an underlayment for additional protection from water and weather elements. Then, the new shingles are installed on top of the underlayment, leaving you with an all-new roof that will last for years.
Why Shouldn’t You Choose Re-Roofing?
Not every roof is a candidate for re-roofing. For re-roofing to be a viable option, you must only have one layer of shingles on your roof. If you have two layers of shingles, you won’t be able to re-roof any more, as this is prohibited by building codes. Metal roofs are also not recommended for re-roofing.
Further, re-roofing addresses the symptoms of a poor roof but not the underlying cause. Adding a new layer of shingles on top is like applying a band-aid, and it won’t let you see if your roof has any issues. Unless you lift the shingles, problems like rot or sagging will go unnoticed.
Why You Should Choose Roof Replacement
Contrary to re-roofing, there are no prerequisites homeowners must meet to be a candidate for roof replacement. Roof replacement can be completed regardless of how many layers of shingles are on the roof, and this process results in an overall longer-lasting, more durable surface.
While the initial cost of replacing a roof is more than re-roofing, the long-term cost savings from ripping up the roof to identify early signs of rot and water damage are invaluable.
Roof replacement is a smart choice for homeowners who are concerned about the structural integrity of their home or plan to enjoy their living space for many years to come. Roof replacement is also ideal for those ready to sell their homes.
Consult With Beyond Exteriors for Your Roofing Needs!
If you’re seeking a knowledgeable roofer to assist with your roof replacement project, Beyond Exteriors has the team you need. Our roofing experts have helped Virginia families improve their exterior aesthetic for more than 10 years, offering the highest-quality roofing materials available.
Contact our team at (703) 830-0863 for a personalized roofing estimate today!