Figuring out whether you should get a roofing layover versus tearing off your roof can be difficult. In this article, we will talk about situations you might want to have either.

 

Why You Would Get A Layover:

 

A layover is a process of adding new shingles on top of existing shingles. This is typically going to be completed on single layer roofs that do not have any apparent signs of structural roof damage. It is never recommended to do this if your roof has sustained any physical damage that would compromise its integrity.

 

Negatives Of A Layover:

 

1. Not The Best Solution.

 

Unfortunately, getting a layover completed is sort of like putting a bandage over your old roof. Because of this, you are not going to be investing in the best solution that will give you the best results. If you have already damaged shingles that are old, you will merely be hiding them.

 

2. Inability To Find Leaks.

 

One of the most significant issues associated with doing a layover over tearing everything off is the inability to find leaks that you would easily be able to spot and notice when you are tearing off the roof completely.

 

Why You Would Opt For A Tear Off:

 

1. Better Results.

 

In just about every scenario, you are going to be able to experience better overall results when you opt for a tear-off versus a layover. This is primarily because it is going to allow you to replace your aging roof instead of covering it up completely. Because you will be tearing it off, it is going to let you to see areas that might be sagging or leaking which can allow you the opportunity to correct it.

 

Overall, you are generally going to want to opt for a complete tear off because it will allow you to be able to ensure that your roof is in its best condition possible. Along with this, you are not going to have to rely on your existing roof not having any unseen damage or leaks that might cause problems down the road. With a complete tear off, you will be able to address issues that you wouldn’t even know about if you only did a layover. This is why a majority of reputable roofing companies will just insist on completing a complete re-roofing job instead of recommending a layover.