Tear-Off or Re-Cover: What Are The Pros and Cons?

By Stacy Mellete

When you are planning to re-roof your home, you have two options to choose from: whether to re-cover the existing roofing system or tear-off (totally remove) the old roof before installing a new one.

Re-Covering Existing Shingles

The key benefit of having your existing roofing system re-covered is the amount of money you can save from labor cost and materials. However, a roof re-cover may not be applicable to all roofing systems as there are various factors that should be considered before choosing this option.

One of the major requirements of a roof re-cover is that you must ensure that the existing roofing system is able to withstand the additional weight once the second layer of shingles are put into place. Your residential roofing in Brandon FL, should also be lightweight and have only one layer to keep it flat and perfectly fitted with the second layer of new shingles.

When Is the Best Time to Do a Tear-Off?

If you noticed that there are obvious signs of soft spots all over your roofing system during roof repairs in Brandon FL, a full tear-off or replacement is highly recommended. A complete tear-off can be advantageous, particularly if your roofing system is already in poor condition. It is also advisable if the roof’s structural integrity has already been compromised.

A Few Reminders to Keep During Tear-off

If you are looking for quality, cost-efficiency, and reliability that could last for years, a roof tear-off is a better option. In fact, it has been recommended by almost every roofing contractor in Brandon FL.

At Affordable Roofing Systems, we perform a thorough inspection when evaluating the condition of your roofing system. We encourage a tear-off or the removal of weak and old roofing systems because we want the best and the safest roofing solutions for our customers. Contact us today at (813) 542-8462 and get your free estimate!

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