A residential roofing system can be installed in two ways: by applying a new layer of shingles over the old ones and by tearing off the old roof completely before installing a new system. While professional roofers like M&A Exterior Home Improvement can install new roofs either way, we often recommend a complete tear-off, which offers more benefits despite being more costly. Let’s take a closer look at why this method is usually better than an overlay.
Overlay vs. Tear-Off Roofing Installation
The main difference between the two is in how much of the old roof will be removed before the new roof is put in place. For overlay installation, none at all; the new roof is installed over the old one. Many homeowners choose this method because it doesn’t involve tear-off and disposal costs. On the other hand, a complete tear-off involves stripping the entire system down to the deck to make space for an all-new roofing structure.
Benefits of Choosing a Complete Roof Tear-Off
As your go-to roofing contractor, we recommend a complete tear-off. Yes, an overlay offers more savings, but the truth is, this merely affects the upfront installation cost. Whatever you save on the upfront cost may end up being spent on subsequent repairs, as this method tends to cover up existing damage on the deck and other shingles.
By contrast, a tear-off represents a fresh start. Structural damage will be addressed, which means you’ll enjoy a sturdy and healthy roof for years. In addition to that, you’ll be eligible for extensive warranty coverage, as most manufacturers require” clean” installations before granting their sponsored guarantees.
M&A Exterior Home Improvement is your leading provider of roof repair and replacement services in the region. We’ll make sure to install your new roofing in the most professional way possible. If you want to schedule a free consultation, simply call us at (757) 210-9677 or fill out our contact form. We serve homeowners in Virginia Beach, VA, and the surrounding areas.