The Biggest Issues of Re-Roofing

August 28, 2022

In most cases we've handled, homeowners call for replacements during emergencies. In these situations, some roofers recommend re-roofing, but we believe it isn't a long-term and effective solution. 

Let's discuss re-roofing and the big problems concerning it.

What is Re-Roofing?

Re-roofing is a fast, emergency-oriented roof repair with new materials. Your roofer will nail a new layer of asphalt shingles over your old system. It saves time because they won't tear off your old roof, accomplishing the entire project in a week or less.

Re-roofing is problematic because your old roofing materials contain moisture. Over time, the new asphalt shingles will absorb the water and soften. Once it dries, cracks, blisters, and splits will shorten the lifespan of your roof material.

Homeowners only enjoy warranties from certified roof installations. These roofers have undergone rigorous certifications to install a manufacturer's roofing materials correctly. That said, a re-roof will never qualify for warranties; it did not follow the manufacturer's standards.

Re-roofing focuses on your roof's top layer. A full shingle tear-off will reveal your underlayment and sheathing's condition, allowing roofers to replace them with new layers before the top roofing layer. Installing new rooftops over sheathing with wood rot and underlayment leaks will shorten its lifespan.

Why Use Roof Replacement Instead?

An old roof system requires a roof replacement. Well-executed roof replacements give you lifetime warranties and roofs that withstand the toughest storms. Plus, certified roofers must address any errors in their roof replacement installation.

First, roofers will tear off the old shingles and materials. The entire team will check your underlayment and sheathing for inspection. To address the numerous discarded shingles, your roofers will use multiple dumpsters.

Next, roofers will remove old underlayment and sheathing with wood rot. Closer attic inspections may reveal rotting rafters needing replacement. That said, replacements allow roofers to assess your attic's humidity levels and design proper ventilation.

Lastly, your roofers will replace the rooftop material after they install the new rafters, sheathing, and underlayment. The new sheathing and underlayment ensure tight roof nail grip and stray moisture absorption. In addition, the new rafters guarantee roof stability for three or more decades.

Re-roofing procedures are faster than roof replacements. But roof replacements pay attention to every detail that builds up the entire system.

What To Do During Storms?

Instead of re-roofing, purchase a wide-span or roofing tarp to cover areas with roof leaks. Use a ladder and cover the leaking section with the tarp. During clear days, check your tarp's position and use heavy materials, such as smooth rocks, to keep it in place.

Once the storm passes, call your local roofing specialist for an in-depth inspection. They can determine the leak's source and other hidden damage. Afterwards, they may recommend a roof replacement after assessing the storm damage extent.

Entrust your roof repairs and installation to dependable local specialists. If you have yet to find a reliable roofing specialist, you can count on SJ Winn Construction for high-quality roofing repairs and replacement. Call us today to set your appointment.


156 Torrington Rd., Winsted,
Connecticut 06098

Phone: 860-379-8863
Email: sjwinnconstruction@gmail.com