June 24

Re-Roofing or Starting from Scratch? That is the Roofing Question!


New shingles ready to be put on a roof

So you’ve noticed your roof is looking a little worse for wear, and you’re trying to decide whether re-roofing or starting form scratch is the right choice for you. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of each option so that you can make an informed decision.

Re-Roofing Pros 

The main advantage of re-roofing is that it’s much less labor intensive than tearing off a roof and starting from scratch. It’s also usually less expensive since you don’t have to pay for the labor cost of tearing off the old shingles. Additionally, a new layer of shingles can help protect your existing structure from water damage, as well as provide extra insulation for your home.

Re-Roofing Cons 

One downside to re-roofing is that if there are any problems with your existing roof, such as rotting wood or damaged flashing, they won’t be fixed when you add a new layer of shingles on top. This can cause further damage down the line and may end up costing more in repairs in the long run. Additionally, some cities require permits for re-roofing due to local building codes and regulations. So make sure you check with your building department before making any decisions on re-roofing!


Tearing Off The Old Roof Pros 

When you tear off an existing roof and start from scratch, it gives contractors an opportunity to inspect all aspects of your roof structure for any potential issues that need to be addressed before installing a new roof deck. This includes inspecting any underlying components such as metal flashing or vents which may have been damaged by age or weather conditions over time. By doing this inspection prior to installation, potential problems can be identified and repaired so that they won’t cause further damage down the line – saving time and money in the long run!


Tearing Off The Old Roof Cons


The main downside to tearing off an entire roof is obviously cost – both in terms of time (labor hours) and materials (new shingles). On average, tearing off an entire roof takes twice as long as relaying new shingles over an existing layer – meaning higher labor costs overall. Additionally, some cities require permits specifically for removal/replacement projects due to local building codes; so again make sure you check with your building department before making any decisions on tearing off an existing roof!
When deciding between re-roofing or tearing off an entire existing rooftop system, homeowners should consider both options carefully – weighing out pros vs cons based on their individual needs & budget constraints. In most cases though, it’s usually best practice to tear off the old layers & start from scratch – allowing experienced contractors ample opportunity to inspect underlying components & repair anything that may have been compromised by age/weather over time – ultimately saving homeowners money & headache in the long run!

Turn to the Pros at Shelter Construction


At Shelter, we perform free inspections and consultations. We will perform minor repairs during the inspection to small damage that we find. Call us at 612-284-6985 or schedule an inspection today on our website!




Home Maintenance, Roof Shingles, Roofing

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