If your roof fails to protect your home and your loved one, then it may be time to get a new one. Your first step should be researching your options for the best deal. When it comes to getting a new roof, homeowners often have two options: either shingle over the existing roof (re-roofing) or tear off the original shingles and start over (replacement). Re-roofing is often considered a less expensive option than a complete roof replacement, allowing homeowners to save both time and money on the upgrade. It’s important to take note, though, that re-roofing isn’t an option for everyone.

Understanding the differences between the two, and when one is appropriate over the other, will help you make the best decision for your home. International Construction Services, Inc., your top-rated Columbia roofing contractor, shares everything you need to know between re-roofing and roof replacement.

What Is Re-Roofing?

In a nutshell, re-roofing is the process of layering a new set of new shingles over an existing set of shingles. Due to its nature, it can only be done once — meaning, if you already have two layers of roofing shingles in place, re-roofing may not be an option for you. Because roofers won’t need to remove the old shingles before installing new ones, the process can go much faster and be much less expensive than a complete roof replacement.

So when is it a good idea? Most of the time, re-roofing is ideal for homeowners who have a roof that is old, but in generally good shape. There may be a few issues or leaks here and there, but no major moisture damage, missing shingles, or excessive moss and mildew growth. It’s also a good choice if you are having the entire roof done, rather than just a part of the roof.

What is a Complete Roof Replacement?

A roof replacement includes tearing off all parts of the roof down to the deck, then putting on a fresh layer of felt paper and shingles. Unlike re-roofing, a roof replacement can be done no matter how many layers of shingles are already on the roof, so you can take this route when re-roofing is not an option. Because of the extra labor involved, it tends to be costlier than re-roofing. It’s worth it, though, as you’ll enjoy a brand new roof that will last you for many years.

Homeowners may choose to do roof replacements at any time. However, they are particularly important when there is more than one layer of shingles on the roof, or if you suspect more underlying problems with the roof deck. Naturally, if the shingles and roof, in general, are in very poor shape, a roof replacement is the best answer, as it allows all issues to be addressed rather than simply covering them up.

Whether you’re planning to re-roof or invest in a complete roof replacement, International Construction Services, Inc. is here to help you get the job done. You can turn to us for all of your roofing needs, from re-roofing and replacements to repairs and helping with the roof insurance claim process.
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