So you need a new roof! Typically, your builder will provide two options: (1) overlaying the new roof over the existing layer of shingles or (2) tearing off the old shingles before installing the new roof. Although most people will assume that the second option is best (why keep the old and damaged shingles?), overlaying provides several benefits as well. Tear-off vs. overlay roof: which is best for your home? If you need help deciding, scroll down for an overview of the pros and cons of each option.
Tear-Off vs. Overlay Roof
- Allows you to inspect the condition of the decking and search for leaks or damage
- Lets you search for (and repair) leaks and water damage
- Reduces the total weight of the roof
- Improves the home’s resale value
- Takes more time because laborers must remove the existing roof before installation
- Requires the disposal of a large quantity of roofing materials
- Costs more money due to labor and disposal costs
- Saves the homeowner a significant amount of money initially
- Requires less labor
- Takes less time
- Does not allow the roofer to inspect the roof and repair damage and leaks
- Requires a supportive roofing structure that can handle the added weight
- Cannot be used be used if your existing roof is in bad condition
- Cannot be used if your existing roof has curling shingles
- Does not allow for the addition of an ice or water-leak barrier (which must be attached directly to the decking)
- Can be difficult to install depending on the existing roof’s condition
- May not be allowed if you already have two layers of roofing overlay
- Can negatively impact your property’s value
- Will cost more in the future, when multiple layers of roofing will need to be removed
Every home is different, of course, so be sure to take your existing roof’s condition into account. If your roof already has multiple layers, for example, building codes may require that you tear-off the existing layers and start from the scratch. In addition, if you’re planning to use heavy-duty shingles to cover lightweight shingles, you may have good luck with an overlay roof.
The primary reason that homeowners choose to use an overlay roof is the low initial price, so if you’re looking for savings, ask your roofer whether an overlay roof is possible. If you’re in this for the long haul, on the other hand, and want a quality roof and an undeniably healthy structure, you might prefer a tear-off roof. Finally, if you need help making up your mind, ask your roofer for advice!
Do you need to replace your roof? Whether you need a tear-off or an overlay roof, contact Taylor-Made Roofing if you live in southwest Missouri. With over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial roofing, Taylor-Made Roofing is a company that you can trust with all of your roofing needs. Our family-owned business offers quality services, a reassuring warranty, and free estimates. For more information, please give us a call at 417-326-8778 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!