Many homeowners love the idea of re-roofing, the process of installing a new layer of shingles over another. Forgoing the removal of old materials helps reduce the cost of labor as well as the inconvenience the project entails.
However, the perceived savings associated with re-roofing projects are often a mirage. They could only work under certain circumstances. And even if they do, they might cause new problems sooner than you think.
For Independent Construction Services, these are the reasons you should ask to strip away the old materials when seeking professional residential roofing services:
Complying With the Building Code
Most cities today only allow two layers of asphalt shingles as a roof covering at most. But then again, strict conditions must be met before you can pull the trigger on the overlay job. The inspector won’t let you proceed if your home isn’t structurally built to support the weight of basically two roofs.
Preventing Premature Shingle Failure
Experienced home improvement contractors, including Independent Construction Services, would tell you that the new materials are less likely to last as advertised. The shingles can stick together and form bulges. The second layer can make it harder for heat to escape, which can accelerate shingle deterioration.
Keeping Product Warranty Valid
If you think that your warranty can bail you out if your new shingles failed early, you’re wrong. Manufacturers generally don’t advocate re-roofing. If your chosen brand is one of them, then don’t expect premature shingle deterioration to be covered by your product warranty.
Replacing Damaged Decking Boards
The most logical reason the old shingles must be torn off is to allow roofers to inspect the sheathing. Rotten decking is a structural concern that can cause the roof to not only leak but also to collapse. The same concept applies to new gutter installation; damaged fascia boards must be replaced to ensure the gutters and downspouts don’t sag.
Let Independent Construction Services fix your broken roof the right way. Call us at (828) 358-1780 now to schedule your consultation, and get a free estimate in Asheville, NC.