When getting a roof replacement, you can either choose an overlay where your contractor places another layer of shingles on your existing roof or have the entire roof torn off to make way for a new set of components.
As you can probably guess, an overlay is less work for your roofer, which means it can save you money in the short term. That doesn’t mean it’s the better choice between the two, though. Here’s why a complete tear-off might be the better option.
1. A tear-off boosts your system’s durability. With this approach, the roofer is able to install not just new shingles, but also new flashings and support to vulnerable areas, such as the chimney and roof valleys – a vital work that can’t be done with an overlay. By replacing almost every part of your roof, your entire system will be much more durable.
2. A tear-off prevents roof overloading. Unlike an overlay that adds a substantial amount of weight to your roof, a tear-off minimizes weight load. This way, your roofing system won’t put too much pressure on your foundation.
3. A tear-off addresses roof deck damage. By ripping off your old shingles, the roofer has a chance to inspect your deck for rot and other possible damage, and repair these issues before installing new shingles.
4. A tear-off offers uncompromised warranty. In most cases, your roofing warranty may be void if you choose to do an overlay as this approach often leads to performance issues over time. This won’t be the case when you choose a tear-off instead.
The verdict is clear: while an overlay offers lower costs initially, it can lead to headaches and stress in the long run. Choosing a tear-off is always the best choice. Ready for your roofing upgrade? Contact Willi Roofing Services at (512) 504-7900, or fill out our contact form to schedule a FREE consultation. We serve residents in Round Rock, TX, and other nearby communities.