If it’s time to consider buying a new roof, it can be pretty tricky navigating the differences between reroofing and a roof replacement. Buying a new roof is a big investment, but it can great for your return on investment. According to many real-estate professionals, a new roof can yield more than 80% of the original cost of your home upon resale. Here are a few things to think about when considering a reroofing or roof replacement project.


In terms of cost, reroofing is less expensive than a full roof replacement. It’s also much quicker. If you have a single layer of shingles, reroofing is an option for you. A reroofing job will include placing a new shingle overlay on top of any worn shingles. This will improve the appearance of your offer and provide a protective layer preventing leaks. 

However, be aware that a reroofing job will not last as long as a roof replacement. This is mainly due to the nature of the job. If your roof has major water damage, or soggy or missing shingles reroofing will not be an option for you.

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Roof Replacement

A roof replacement will be the best option for you if you are looking for longevity. A new roof will typically last for 20 years if not more. Roofs with major damage, missing shingles, or physically older than 20 years are perfect candidates for a roof replacement. A roof replacement will involve stripping all of the old shingles from the roof first before replacing them with new ones. Before installation of the new shingles, your roofing contractors will install a new underlayment or felt. This will help protect the roof deck from exposure to the elements.

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The differences between reroofing and roof replacement are not drastic, but both have their advantages. If you are looking to save some money and go with a simple repair, a reroofing may be the option for you. If you’re roof has taken some serious damage, or you want the peace of mind of not needing additional repairs for a couple of decades than a roof replacement is the way to go. Whatever your needs, contact your local roofing experts to get a quote and ask any questions you may have.