How Is Re-Roofing Different From Roof Replacement?
What is your next cause of action when you realize your roof is not in the best condition and repairs won't cut it? The two major options are getting re-roofing or replacement services.
Although most people use the two terms interchangeably, there are significant differences between the two as explained below.
Re-roofing is an easy and inexpensive way to restore the appearance of your roof. Therefore, it is an ideal option when your roofing is worn out. During re-roofing, a new layer of roofing is added onto the existing worn-out layer.
The new layer helps restore the aesthetics of your roof. Additionally, it acts as an additional protective layer. Thus, if your worn-out roof is leaking, the new layer protects your home from the leaks.
However, for your home to qualify for re-roofing, you need to have a one-layer roof. Therefore, if you have previously re-roofed your home, re-roofing is not an option because most building codes prevent the installation of a third layer.
Although re-roofing is cheaper, several factors influence the cost. For example, the roofing material needed, labor, and whether there is a need for special equipment for the process. If your re-roofing needs additional equipment, you will pay more.
Additionally, the slope of the roof greatly affects the cost. A steep slope demands more labor and might take longer to re-roof than a flat or low-sloped roof. Is the new roofing material readily available? For example, asphalt shingles are easily available and need fewer skills to re-roof compared to metal roofing which requires special knowledge to re-roof.
This is the process where you completely remove your existing roofing from the deck and install brand new sheets. During the process, the contractor will completely strip off the current roofing and assess the deck. If they notice any damage on the deck, they will have to repair it before placing an underlayment and installing the new sheets.
Roof replacement is expensive compared to re-roofing as it takes up more time and needs more labor. The replacement process involves getting rid of the current roofing, ensuring the deck is in shape, and installing the new roofing. Thus, it is a lengthy, and hence, costly process.
Besides, most contractors will charge based on per roofing square. Thus, the total roofing area dramatically affects the cost alongside other factors like the materials needed.
Now that you understand the differences between the two, you can best decide the service you need. Contact a roofer for your re-roofing or roof replacement needs.
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