Those unfamiliar with the roofing industry might assume that reroofing and roof replacement refers to the same type of service. However, there’s a difference, and it’s important that you understand the distinction between them.

What Is Re-Roofing?

Re-Roofing may also be called a roof restoration. During this process, your roofing contractor will place new asphalt shingles over your existing roofing system to prevent leaks and to restore the look of your roof.

This roof repair method is not a viable option for every home. For example, re-roofing isn’t an option for homes with two layers of shingles on the existing roof, as adding a layer of shingles on top of two existing layers may be against local building codes.

Additionally, not every type of roofing material can be re-roofed. (It is not recommended for metal roofs.) Finally, some roofs are in such poor shape that a new roof or complete roof replacement is the only option that makes sense.

Re-Roofing vs. Replacement

Re-roofing may not last as long as roof replacements. And because your roofing professional isn’t removing the existing shingles, they may not be able to see any rot or sagging that exists underneath.

While re-roofing isn’t an option for some homeowners, it is undoubtedly the fastest and least expensive type of roofing project.

Are you unsure how many layers of shingles are on your existing roof? Contact Quality First Home Improvement, your local roofing company. We will complete a full roof inspection to determine whether this cheaper, easier method is an option for you.

What Is Roof Replacement?

During roof replacement, the old shingles are stripped from the roof, exposing the roof deck. Your roofer will then start from scratch with a new underlayment or felt paper, followed by new shingles installed on top.

When the roof is replaced, your roofing expert can examine the deck to see any damage that needs to be addressed. During this process, the entire roof is replaced, which means that its lifespan may be up to 20 years, assuming that it is inspected regularly.

Of course, the roof replacement cost is higher than a re-roofing project. However, some homeowners use it as an opportunity to change the look of their homes by upgrading to more durable materials or roofing systems with a more distinct look.

Is Partial Reroofing an Option?

While some homeowners ask about partial reroofing (or placing shingles over a few damaged or missing shingles), the color of the shingles rarely match– leaving you with an unattractive patchwork style roof.

Many homeowners end up spending more money in the long run when doing partial re-roofing.

How Do You Decide Between Reroofing and Roof Replacement?

If your existing roof covering has minor damage with just a few leaks, it might be a good candidate for re-roofing. However, if your roof deck has extensive water damage, mold, or mildew, or is sagging, you will need a complete roof replacement.

Contact Us for a Re-Roof or Roof Replacement

Are you not sure whether you need reroofing or roof replacement? If you are a California or Nevada homeowner, contact Quality First Home Improvement. Our experienced team will give your current roof a complete inspection to determine which option is best for your home.

Schedule your free inspection with Quality First Home Improvement today.