Asphalt roofs have the downside of needing to be replaced when they have reached the end of their lifespan. There are many options to have an asphalt roof replaced, such as laying over new shingles, doing a tear-off and using alternative materials for your new roof. Here are some of the challenges that you will be faced with when it comes time to replace your old roof:
1. Laying New Shingles Over Existing Roofing
If you are looking for a way to reroof your home on a budget, sometimes a layover can be a good option. This is where the existing roofing is left and new roofing is installed over it. You cannot have more than two layers of shingles, and in areas with snow loads, laying over shingles may be prohibited and is generally not a good idea because of the extra weight on your roof. Also, remember that it will cost more to dispose of shingles when both layers of shingles have to be removed. Many professional roofing services may advise against this, but it can be an option if you cannot afford to have a complete tear-off done now.
2. Doing A Complete Tear-Off And Roof Replacement
The most common type of reroofing job is a tear-off. This is when the existing roof is removed and a completely new shingle installation is done. Having a roof torn off can be expensive, but if you want to save you can do it yourself. Tearing off your own roof is easy with simple, low pitched roofs. If you have a larger roof with steep pitches, it may be a good idea to let a professional roofing service do all the work.
3. Using Asphalt Shingle Alternatives To Replace Your Old Roof
There are also alternatives to asphalt shingles that can be used to replace your roof. This can be metal roofing, which in some cases can easily be used over an existing roof without the need to remove shingles. You can also choose from synthetic materials to get the look of shakes or slate. These synthetic materials are often made from recycled plastics or rubber and can last longer than conventional asphalt shingles.
These are some of the things that you will want to know when it is time to have your old roof replaced. If you need to have your old asphalt shingles replaced, contact a roofing contractor and talk with them about the best options for your home.
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