If your roof is getting on in years and is ready to be replaced, you may be forced to choose between tearing it off completely or doing an overlay. While a lot of homeowners opt to do a roof overlay because it’s more cost-effective, a complete roof tear-off is a more complete, long-term solution, and is what residential and commercial roofers will recommend more often than not.
Roof Overlays vs. Roof Tear-Offs
A roof overlay is exactly what it sounds like. It occurs when you decide to leave your existing roof as is and just layer new shingles on top of it. A roof tear-off, on the other hand, is when you completely tear off your existing roof and replace it with a new one.
As mentioned above, roof overlays are a lot cheaper than completely replacing your roof, and can be presented by roofing contractors as a viable option if the old shingles haven’t been overlaid previously and are generally in good condition.
There are many downsides to a roof overlay, however. For one thing, it adds more weight, and therefore strain, to your roof. It also doesn’t last as long as a fully-replaced roof, and has a tendency to look awkward. Eventually, an overlaid roof will still have to be replaced.
A full roof replacement may cost more upfront, but in the long run, you’ll actually save money because your roof will last longer.
If you’re looking for reputable, experienced residential and commercial roofing contractors, look no further than Arrowhead Roofing. Since 1987, we’ve provided countless home and business owners with quality roofing solutions. For all your roof-related needs, be sure to give us a call at (918) 743-9257 or fill out our contact form to set up a free consultation today.