Regardless of its material, your roofing will eventually wear out and need replacement. When that time comes, you may be able to choose between a tear-off and an overlay depending on the condition of your roof.
A tear-off means the entire roof will be taken out and replaced, while an overlay or reroofing involves the installation of the new roof on top of the existing roof. In terms of upfront costs, a roof overlay is usually cheaper, making it an attractive option for some homeowners. However, experts generally recommend a complete tear-off because it can offer more benefits in the long run.
To give you an idea of what these advantages are, Great Lakes Roofing and Siding — one of the area’s most reputable roofing and residential siding contractors — discusses some of them below.
Longer Service Life
A complete tear-off can guarantee a longer life span because a brand new roof traps less heat than a roof with multiple layers underneath. Shingles tend to curl or deteriorate more quickly if they are exposed to excessive heat.
More Durable Quality
With an overlay, your roofer won’t be able to fix high-risk areas and inspect the inner layers or components of your roof system, leaving the older materials to potentially affect the quality and performance of your new shingles. A complete tear-off, on the other hand, gives your contractor the opportunity to do a thorough inspection of your roof and carry out repairs that would ensure your home will be watertight for years to come. In case of storm damage, your roofer will be able to assess if a storm damage roof repair would still be enough or if a roof replacement would be needed.
Increased Home Value
A brand new roof can boost the resale value of your home. In some cases such as in competitive markets, it can even be used as a major selling point. Furthermore, it can help you get a good price for your home. That said, if you have plans of selling your home in the near future, you should consider a complete tear-off.
You can count on Great Lakes Roofing and Siding to create a durable and stylish exterior for your home. We perform a variety of siding and roofing including siding installation, roof replacement, commercial roof coating application, storm damage repair and more. Call us at (877) 938-9318 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.