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Overlaying An Existing Roof: Is It Worth The Expense?

overlaying an existing roof

The roof over our heads is something which provides security and shelter all year round. It protects from rain, snow, critters taking up residence rent-free-and (if nsulated effectively), helps keep the house toasty warm. 

But the roof requires maintenance and keeping an eye on any damage is a must for homeowners. If your roof has been damaged, and you’re thinking about overlaying an existing roof, a key consideration is whether it’s really worth the expense.

There are some things that you should not scrimp on when it comes to your house. And one of these is your roof. 

Many homes suffer from heat-loss due to unseen problems in the roof, which contributes to 25% of heat loss in the home, but this can be avoided with the proper care and attention.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

If you aren’t someone who spends a lot of time in the attic or relaxing on the roof (and who is, really?) then it can be all too easy to neglect roofing care. While this is understandable, you do so at your peril; it can lead to issues with your house’s heat retention capacities. 

You’ll find that no matter how much you blast the radiators, how many layers of blankets you wrap around yourself, or how huddled you and your family are, there is always that aching chill that’s inescapable no matter your efforts. 

When thinking about roof repair, you have two options: you can either choose to overlay the existing shingles with secondary decking, or you can tear up the whole roof and start anew. 

There are pros and cons to both of these methods that can help you decide if going the overlay route is worth it. 

overlaying an existing roof

While roofs are designed to withstand all sorts of conditions, they are not indestructible. Choosing to overlay the roof instead of replacing it means any problems are left undiscovered and may contribute to issues such as damp and wasted energy in the home

Overlaying a Roof

Overlaying is less expensive than tearing off the existing roof as there is less labour associated with the project. The lowered labour requirements also mean the project will be completed quicker, which is ideal for a faultlessly fast fix. 

However, merely overlaying an existing roof means you will never discover the extent of any problems that exist under the current materials. 

While roofs are designed to withstand all sorts of conditions, they are not indestructible. Choosing to overlay the roof instead of replacing it means any problems are left undiscovered and may contribute to issues such as damp and wasted energy in the home.

You will also not be able to overlay your roof again, so if problems persist, you will need to tear up the roof anyway; at a similar cost to what you would have paid initially. 

Furthermore, an overlay does not add value to the home, so there will be zero resale benefit when compared to tearing it up.

overlaying an existing roof

Going down the replacement route for your roof repair allows you to effectively insulate your roof and save money in the long-term that might not be possible if you chose to merely overlay the roof

Tearing Up the Roof

The other option when thinking of roof repair is tearing up the existing structure and starting anew. This allows for a complete replacement and helps identify any existing issues in the roof area that can be tackled immediately. 

Doing this makes for a better-quality roof, as the materials will be new, and you won’t need to rely on older constructions. Choosing to tear up and install a new roof will also add value to the home. 

When considering which roof repair path to choose, consider how you will benefit in the future should you choose to leave. Having a brand-new roof with no issues associated with it will be a far more attractive prospect to potential buyers than a mere overlay, which could spell disaster and extra costs for them. 

Going down the replacement route for your roof repair allows you to effectively insulate your roof and save money in the long-term that might not be possible if you chose to merely overlay the roof.  

overlaying an existing roof

A new roof may cost more at the time, but it will save you money in the long run as your roof insulation helps conserve heat through those bitter British winter months

What's The Best Option Overall?

This depends entirely on your budget, but the best approach is to consider it an investment regarding your home. 

A roof overlay will not last as long because of the heat that becomes trapped in between shingles that creates the extra layer. If you are planning on staying in your home for many more years to come, then it isn’t worth it to replace the shingles every five years or so when a brand-new roof would do the trick.

A new roof may cost more at the time, but it will save you money in the long run as your roof insulation helps conserve heat through those bitter British winter months. 

Overlaying might seem like the straightforward and convenient option, but it’s just papering over the cracks. For the best roofing results, start again and savour the calming absence of chill throughout your home. 

overlaying an existing roof

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