To Reroof, or Not to Reroof. That’s the Question.

The Shady Practice of Reroofing

Reroofing is when a roofing company hammers new shingles over old shingles. Is it legal? Yes, but is it best practice? Absolutely not. TruBlue Roofing and Remodeling never re-roofs. Any roof we install brand new is absolutely brand new down to the nails we use.

Reroofing can only be done using asphalt shingles. Roofing companies trying to cut corners at the customer’s expense use the reroofing technique for installing “new roofs.” Please beware of such roofers because what you get isn’t a new roof at all. The new layer of shingles that they install may cover the old, but they don’t patch or fix problem spots on the surface and below the surface of the roof. These imperfections can lead to hidden roof leaks which then lead to devastating water damage, rot, and mold growth.

Lazy Roofing and Shoddy Workmanship

Some people think that having multiple layers of asphalt shingles will provide more protection from the rain and add more insulation to the roof. However, skipping the labor intensive step of shingle removal, often called the “tear off,” could cost you thousands later on in repair costs. You may think you’re saving money by allowing your roofer to reroof, but in reality, the roofer is taking advantage of your lack of information on the practice.

Point blank, reroofing is a shady practice that lazy roofing contractors take to cut corners, save on labor costs, and save their time so they can reroof elsewhere. You don’t want a new layer of shingles covering an old layer. Imagine the extra weight that the second layer adds to your roof. That’s not good for the life of your roof.

Overlooking Holes and Leaks

Remember, when you install a new roof, you’ll need to have the vents removed along with misshapen shingles, and ridge caps. If you do allow roofers to reroof, remember you’ll have to pay extra to remove and dispose of a two-layer roof. The worst thing about a reroof is the fact that it’s a staple of shoddy workmanship and roofers that do this may miss holes and leaks in the roof’s old layer. The water will find its way to those holes and lead to water damage.

If you don’t tear off the old roof, you can’t see the roof decking and its condition. An experienced roofing contractor like TruBlue Roofing and Remodeling will perform a walking inspection of the roof, inspecting every inch of the roof, looking for spongy spots. These spots should be repaired before the new roof can be installed.

An experienced roofing contractor like TruBlue Roofing and Remodeling can spot signs of water damage and broken shingles. Contact us today at (919) 589-7290 for a free roofing inspection and estimate.

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