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Re-Roofing: The Good and the Bad

Re-Roofing: The Good and the Bad

If your roof has sustained serious damage or is at the end of its lifespan, you typically have two options: re-roofing or full roof replacement. Both can revitalize the beauty and performance of your roofing system. Re-roofing is generally the more affordable option, as it involves applying a new layer of asphalt shingles above the existing one rather than completely removing the old shingles first, as in roof replacement. There are pros and cons to re-roofing, which Mascon, Inc., your local roof replacement contractor, discusses below.

Re-Roofing: The Good and the Bad

The Pros

A re-roof provides a temporary yet immediate solution to irreparable issues affecting your roofing system. In a roof replacement, the current shingles, flashings and underlayment are stripped off the decking, but in a re-roofing all these components remain intact and the new shingles are simply installed directly above the existing system. When you choose this method, you will save on both costs and time. This project can generally be completed in a day or two depending on the area of your roof that needs to be covered.

The Cons

One drawback of re-roofing is that you don’t have any flexibility when it comes to roofing material; you’ll have to choose the same type of material that you had before (asphalt shingles). So if you wanted to switch to a tile or metal roof, this wouldn’t be possible with re-roofing.

Another downside is that re-roofing is a shorter-term solution than roof replacement. You’ll need to schedule a regular roof inspection and will likely have to invest in regular repairs. The new layers of asphalt shingles will bear down on the previous roof covering, which can cause quicker wear and tear than with a completely new roof.

When it comes to your roofing needs, Mascon, Inc. can deliver quality roofing materials and excellent workmanship. Through our experience and expertise, you can better understand what is required to extend your roof’s service life. We provide a wide range of residential roofing options, including asphalt shingles and metal.

Call (512) 376-5096 for more on our residential and commercial roofing services. You may also fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation quote. We serve residents of Austin, TX.