One of the biggest investments you’ll make as a homeowner is in your roof. When your home needs residential roofing replacement, that means every bit of your original roof will need to be replaced for a new roof to be installed. One of the most common questions we hear from homeowners refers to layering asphalt shingles over your roof’s existing shingles. Homeowners look at this as an option that could save funds on the overall roof replacement by cutting some of the labor costs incurred when removing the old roof.
At J&J Roofing in Roseville, our residential roofing contractors offer a wide range of roofing services including roofing repair, inspection, and complete roof replacement. In this blog entry, we’ll talk about the process of layering new asphalt shingles over your existing shingles and whether it’s the best option for your home.
Layering Asphalt Shingles: Should You Do It?
The possibility of layering shingles over your roof’s existing shingles usually comes down to one matter: whether there is water damage underneath the existing shingle layer. This can only be done once, so if you already have layered shingles, it’s not going to be an available option for your home.
Not every roofing company will layer shingles because of concerns about the structural integrity of your roof. In fact, there are a number of disadvantages to layering new asphalt shingles over your existing ones. For most residents, the disadvantages by far outweigh any cost savings that could be made with this approach.
Disadvantages to Layering Asphalt Shingles
The clearest disadvantage to layering shingles on your roof is that it makes future repairs much more difficult. This is important for a number of reasons. In order to preserve your roof’s overall structural integrity and reduce serious damage, regular roof maintenance should include minor repairs. Because repairs become more difficult when your roof has been layered, this ends up increasing the costs to your roof in the long run.
Additionally, when your roof eventually does need to be replaced, both layers will need to be completely removed, which can cost significantly more than a single layer. Any way you go about it, you’ll end up having to pay the full price of the original replacement in the long run.
Alternatives to Layering Shingles
If finding ways to cut costs is the only way you’ll be able to replace your roof and you can’t avoid a roof replacement, there are better ways to go about covering the costs. At J&J Roofing, we can help connect you with options for financing a new roof. Rather than getting the cheapest roof you can, you’ll be able to make a safer, better decision for your family and pay for it in affordable payments.
We offer these fine products from CertainTeed:
● Landmark Pro
● The Belmont
● Grand Manor
Call Our Residential Roofing Contractors for Help Financing a New Roof
Your family’s safety is important, and your new roof should protect your home completely. From roofing repair to total roof replacement, our residential roofing contractors are here to help you find affordable solutions that don’t require you to cut corners.
To learn more about styles and options for your home and schedule a free quote, call us at 586-445-6455. You can also contact us online to discuss our financing options.