Ask Roofstar: What Re-Roofing Options are Available?

Facing the possibility of needing to replace your roof can be stressful and daunting. But Roofstar is here to help by giving you the knowledge to feel confident in every decision you make. So in this edition of Ask Roofstar, we’re asking (and answering) the question: What re-roofing options are available?

What is the Difference Between Roof Replacement and Re-Roofing?

While the end goal of roof replacement and re-roofing are similar, they’re very different procedures. In a roof replacement, the entire roof is uninstalled and a new one is installed. In a re-roof, the old roof is left, and a new layer is installed on top of it. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. 

Re-roofing is quicker and cheaper, but if there’s damage underneath the shingles, it’s not feasible – and you may not know that there is damage underneath during installation. In addition, a re-roof can only be performed once, because a third layer of shingles being installed is prohibited. 

A roof replacement is a much longer and more costly option, but it’s likely to last much longer and lead to a stronger and healthier roof. A roof replacement solves all issues that may occur with your roof, and leaves no room for potentially missing problems underneath the shingles. 

Whether re-roofing or a roof replacement is the best option for you will depend on multiple factors, including the state and age of your roof, the materials used, and your budget. Remember: safety is always the most important thing, and a more expensive option upfront can save you money in the long run.

What are the Main Types of Materials?

There are many types of materials that can be used for your roof. If you’re planning on getting a re-roof or a roof replacement, you can pick a new kind of material than the kind you currently have. So what are your options? The main types of roofing materials are asphalt, slate, clay tile, and concrete; some other options are metal roofing, wooden shingles, and membrane roofing. Not all roofing materials work on all roofs, so talk to your roofing contractor about which material would be ideal for your home.

How Long Will a Re-Roof Last?

Re-roofs are not generally as long-lasting as a full roof replacement, but a properly installed re-roof should last you as long as fifteen to twenty years.

What is the Longest Lasting Roofing Material?

The longest lasting roofing materials are concrete, slate, or clay tiles, all of which can last up to or over 100 years if properly installed and maintained. However, these options also have drawbacks; they can be expensive and heavy, which can make them difficult for many homeowners. 

Are you ready to get started on a brand new roof, whether that be a re-roof or a full replacement? Roofstar is here to help. Call 480-426-1915 now for a free estimate. We’ll tell you the truth about your roof!

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