REROOFING VS. ROOF REPLACEMENT
Roofs don’t usually get a lot of notice or appreciation – until there is a problem. By the time the roof needs a complete reroof or replacement, the damage likely is significant. Fortunately, major overhauls need not be lengthy or inconvenient. The professional crews at Orange County Roofing can have the repairs complete with a minimum of intrusion and delay. Let’s take a look at the different options for new roofs and which might be the right one for you.
WHAT IS REROOFING?
The process simply involves putting a fresh layer of shingles over an existing set. This can be a simple solution if the general state of the roof structure and support system is good. It works better if you are doing the whole roof though, rather than just patching a single section or one side, because you don’t want to have several different thicknesses of shingles in certain spots.
Reroofing can only be done a single time, so it is not appropriate in every situation. More than two layers will add too much weight to the roof, while nails may not be able to penetrate properly, leading to shingles falling or flying off in the weather. In addition, if there are problems with the understructure, you would just be covering them up rather than fixing them. But if only the shingles are worn out and there are no leaks, moss, mildew or other damage, this could be the solution for getting another few decades of use out of a roof.
WHAT IS ROOF REPLACEMENT?
This process is exactly as it sounds: The entire roof is removed down to the decking material. This allows any problems to be completely exposed and repaired before new shingles – or other materials – are put in place. Because it is a more involved procedure that requires additional labor, it is more expensive than reroofing. If a roof already has two layers of shingles, roof replacement is the only option.
Getting a whole new roof is advantageous because it essentially hits the reset button on the roof life. You’ll enjoy another 30 years or more without having to worry about leaks, repairs and other common problems. It is often better for insurance purposes as well, as it can increase the value of the building.