Do you think that a roof overlay is better than a full tear-off and replacement? An overlay may help you save money for now, but this is only a short-term solution. This is because installing a new layer of shingles over your old ones only covers up the other problems, such as storm damage, and doesn’t fully address them. The unseen damage beneath your roofing system can deteriorate your new roofing system over time, eventually forcing you to pay for an even more costly replacement.
Roof Overlays Aren’t Worth the Cost
Contractors are aware that a roof overlay isn’t a good practice simply because it’s just installing a new pair of shingles over old roofs. But some homeowners prefer a roof overlay because it’s faster and cheaper. The renovation process is also shorter than a full replacement. But if you’re considering a roof overlay, don’t assume that it will last as long as its expected lifespan.
Because you’re only covering up the damage and unseen problems that lie within the layers of your old roof, there’s no guarantee that an overlay can fully protect your home even with regular care and maintenance. An overlay can also increase the risk of a roof collapse because of the added weight. This isn’t safe because your home now has to bear the weight of two roofing systems. Like many homes, yours has a roof weight capacity and the added weight can compromise its structural integrity.
Why You Should Get a Full Tear-Off Instead
Having a full tear-off and roof replacement is strongly recommended if you want to make the most out of your budget. With a full tear-off, your old roof will be completely removed and installed with new material. All the old materials will be disposed of, and you’ll get a brand new roof. There’s no need to worry about water leaks, mold or rot for years to come, but keep in mind that regular cleaning and maintenance are still needed.
With a full replacement, you also get more options on how you want your new roof to look. That means you can choose to change the style of your roofing material or upgrade to better ones! But remember to discuss this with your roofing contractor first so that you’ll know which material meets your needs and preferences.