Arguably the most important part of any residence, the roof is vital for maintaining both the integrity and safety of a home. However, no roof lasts forever. At some point, every roof will need to be replaced. Although, there is another option for homeowners who want a quickly reinforced roof that doesn’t require as much of a mess or financial investment. While you may have heard of reroofing services, you might not understand the differences between a reroof and a roof replacement and which one is right for you.

If you’re considering getting a new roof, here is what you need to know about reroofs vs. roof replacements.

Understanding a Reroof

Reroofing is a popular option for homeowners who have single-layer asphalt shingle roofs. A reroof basically consists of layering a new set of shingles on top of an existing layer. This option is desirable because it is typically a faster service that costs less and creates less of a mess than the average roof replacement because existing materials do not need to be stripped and discarded. However, a reroof can only be done once. Once you have added a second layer of shingles, another layer cannot be placed on top. Furthermore, reroofing is not a solution for roofs that have suffered from severe damage.

Understanding a Roof Replacement

During a roof replacement, all of the shingles and underlayment are stripped from your existing roof and replaced with new roofing. While a roof replacement process typically takes longer and costs more than a reroofing service, it is guaranteed to last you longer than a reroof because your home is getting brand new roofing materials. Furthermore, signs of significant damage or rot are more likely to be identified during a roof replacement, which can then be addressed and fixed by your roofer—saving you money in the long run.

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