If the time has come to replace your existing roof, you will have a couple of options for how you can go about doing it. You can either rip off the entire roof and add new roofing material, or you can add an additional layer of new material. Here are some reasons why you should go with roof replacement rather than reroofing.
Roof Replacement Allow You To Fix Problems
If your old roofing material is deteriorating and in need of replacement, chances are that it is allowing water to get underneath the roofing material and cause damage to your roof deck. If you added a second layer of roofing material, you'll never be able to make the necessary repairs to your roof deck to keep it in good condition. While you may save money in time by reroofing, it could cost you more later on if you have to rip off both layers of the roof to make a repair.
Roof Replacement May Be The Only Option
Do you already have two layers of roofing material on your home? It is likely that reroofing will not even be an option available to you. Many municipalities have building codes that state how many roofing layers can be on a building. Many limit your roof to having two layers before complete roof replacement is necessary. Before you even consider reroofing, look at how many layers are on your existing roof and look into local building codes.
Roof Replacement Looks Nicer
You may think that you can save money by reroofing your home if you are about to sell it in the near future. However, a reroofing job can potentially look bad and ruin your home's curb appeal. If a potential buyer can easily tell that you have two layers of roofing material on the home, this may be one of the first impressions you make on them and ruin a potential sale.
Roof Replacement Allows For Flashing Replacement
There is a layer of flashing that goes underneath the bottom layer of roofing material during the installation process. If you have a second layer of roofing material put on your home, you'll end up using the same flashing. Since the seams of the roof are where you tend to see water get into the roof deck, replacing the flashing is an important part of installing a new roof. Consider roof replacement if your existing flashing looks out of shape.
For more information on roof replacement, reach out to a local roofing contractor.