New Roof Installation: Tear Off vs Recover

If you live in your home long enough, you’re inevitably going to need a new roof. When you do, you will have a choice of either tearing your current roof off and starting from scratch or recovering your current roof. Learn the difference between the two and the advantages and disadvantages to help you narrow down your decision.

Tear the Roof Off

As the name implies, tearing off your roof means you will be starting from scratch. One of the nice things about this approach is that you will be able to see trouble spots, such as areas that have started to rot or have become damaged. Knowing this, you can be be more mindful of those areas to avoid problems in the future. Another great thing about completely tearing your roof off is you can increase the overall value of your home should you ever decide to sell your property.

As for disadvantages, tearing your roof off is more expensive than a recover. The reason for this is that tearing your roof off requires more labor, including having your old roof disposed of.

Recovering Your Roof

Because you already know the obvious cost and time advantages of this option, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the disadvantages. While recovering your roof is often a viable option, at some point you will eventually have no choice but to tear your roof off. When that happens, the roofers are going to have to tear off the multiple layers, which makes getting a new roof more labor intensive and expensive. Because you leave the foundation of your roof concealed during the recovering process, you also run the risk of missing damage that can later result in a water leak.

Just be County codes and manufactures say a 2nd layer can be installed. This may not be the case in some situations. It depends on the type of roofing and conditions of the roof and structure.

Should you have a leak later on, working with a roof that’s been recovered multiple times makes it more difficult for technicians to determine exactly where the leak is coming from.

Making a Decision

Before you base your decision solely on finances, it’s better that you consult with a roofing professional. Some of the factors that help determine your decision include how much longer your roof is expected to last, how many leaks you’ve had in the past that originated from your roof and the overall condition of your roof.

The experts of Warner Roofing are here to help, whether you decide to recover your roof or tear it off. To learn more, give us a call at 360-694-0249.

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