Roof replacement vs re-roofing: which is right for you

Roof replacement vs re-roofing: which is right for you

Roof replacement by ROOFKING

When it’s time to replace your old roof, there are two main options to consider: replacing or re-roofing. Both offer great benefits and different costs, which can make the decision hard to make. Knowing which is right for your home and needs will ensure you get the right long-term solution. Companies like ROOFKING can handle the work, so you get the best quality and the right price.

Roof replacement  

Replacing is the more extensive process and involves completely stripping down the roof to the deck. Then, new shingles and underlayment are reinstalled. Because the entire roof is stripped, it doesn’t matter if there are one or two layers of shingles. Roof replacements can be done at any time or if you suspect there is damage beneath the shingles. If that is the case, the damage will be repaired first to prevent it from worsening.

The main consideration for a roof replacement is the cost, time, and labour involved. Unlike re-roofing, there is much more work involved and so a higher cost. The long-term benefits and peace of mind can be better, as your roof’s quality is guaranteed from deck to shingles.

When to choose a roof replacement

According to Remodelling Magazine cost vs value report, roof replacements offer a great ROI, with asphalt shingles offering a 65% recoup of the cost. Replacements are also the recommended option if your roof has underlying damage that needs to be repaired. Covering up the problems just invites worse problems down the road and possibly emergency repair costs. Once done, your roof will last even longer than just re-roofing. If you plan to stay in your home for many more years, this is a great option.


Unlike a replacement, re-roofing is a much simpler and faster process. It involves simply installing a new second layer of shingles over the existing shingles. With less labour, it also tends to cost less for sloped roofing. Re-roofing can help restore the look of your roof and help boost curb appeal and value. It can also prevent leaks from worn shingles getting in and causing damage.

Re-roofing is limited to two layers of shingles, which means not all roofs are possible candidates. It’s also important to consider the state of your roof deck and any possible underlying damage. Without removing the shingles, it can be hard to know if there is any damage like rot or leaks. If there are signs of damage, it’s better to remove the old shingles and get repairs. Annual inspections by a professional can further help catch signs of damage early before they worsen.

When to choose re-roofing

If your roof is still structurally sound but the shingles are nearing the end of its lifespan, then re-roofing is a great option. Make sure any damage or issues are repaired before re-roofing. It’s also a great option if you plan to sell soon and want to boost your home’s appeal. A new looking roof can attract buyers and help your home stand out on the market. Re-roofing will last for just as many years as residential roofing, making it a great long-term investment.

Ready for a new roof? Then contact ROOFKING now! 

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