Your roof’s getting old. It’s a problem many of us have faced before. The problem is – you don’t really know what to do about it. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place. We’re going to look at two of the most common options when looking for a new roof, and really drill down on the pros and cons of each of them.
If you’re asking yourself the question: do I really need a new roof? Then you probably do. Yes, It’s a big cost, and yes – it might have a few more years in it. But it’s going to need doing eventually. Your roof might not seem like it – but it’s an important part of your home. It withstands the most pressure from weather conditions and it protects the rest of your house. It’s important, it just might not seem like it as it’s something you haven’t thought about for a while.
So if you’ve decided to get it done – what’s next?
If you’ve heard a few experts or people you know refer to “tear off” or “overlay” as options for your new roof – you might have been left slightly confused. What do these options really mean? Let’s have a look.
Tear Off vs Overlay – What’s the differences?
The Tear off method is self explanatory – your roofing company will tear off the existing roof and replace it with a new one. It’s the most established way of installing a new roof – but it’s not the only way.
With an overlay roof, you actually keep your existing roof in place and put another one on top of it. The new roof will normally be a layer of shingle, spread on top of your existing roof. One important thing to remember: you can only really overlay a roof once. You can’t lay another layer of shingle onto an already overlaid roof.
Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of each type of roof in a little more detail…
Tear off roof advantages
Tear off roof drawbacks
Overlay roof advantages
Overlay roof drawbacks
- While overlaying is cheaper and faster – your roof won’t last as long if done this way. That could mean having to address the problem again in a few years – or much sooner than if you tore the old roof off. As we already mentioned, you can’t overlay a roof again. That means next time, tearing off will be your only choice. And next time will be much sooner if you chose the overlay method this time.
- Overlaying also adds weight to your roof. That means this method isn’t possible in some older constructions or if your building isn’t structurally sound. Some homeowners also think that overlaying doesn’t look at good when compared to having a completely new roof. This might not be a concern for you, but it is for some.
- There are also a few other disadvantages with overlaying. You can’t track leaks like you can with a new roof, and it’s also harder to check the overall condition of the roof (and troubleshoot any problems) like you can when you tear off. This could lead to more roofing issues further down the line. While tearing off and adding a new roof could improve the value of your home – overlaying might actually cause it to go down because of the issues we’ve looked at.
Which is better?
As you can probably guess by now – tearing off has to be the right choice. Not only does it look better and last longer, it also adds value to your home. There are too many issues associated with overlaying to make it the recommended choice. However, if you’re looking for a cheap and quick options and aren’t concerned about the other drawbacks, overlaying is still an acceptable choice.