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The Pros and Cons of Re-Roofing vs. Roof Replacement

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The roof is perhaps the most significant investment that you will make for your home. But did you know that if done right, this investment can yield the highest ROI? In fact, if you look at the numbers, you would be surprised to know that a new roof can yield more than 80% return upon resale. So if your roof needs replacement, then you must not delay it unnecessarily. However, the bigger question is whether you should re-roof or undergo a complete roof replacement.

Well, only you can decide what is best for you. And to help you make the right decision, we take a look at both.

Re-Roofing – Overview

Re-roofing is perhaps the easiest and least costly method of restoring your roof’s appearance. During the process, a new layer of shingles is placed over your damaged shingles. So while it improves the appearance of your roof, it also adds a protective layer that helps prevent leaks from getting inside your home.

Now that you know what the basic process of re-roofing looks like let’s take a look at the pros and cons of re-roofing.


  • Re-roofing is neither labor-intensive nor does it require a lot of time to complete the job. Thus is a cost-effective solution to roof repair.
  • It is more convenient for homeowners as the process does not require replacing the entire roof.
  • It is a more efficient way to restore your roof.


  • If you already have two layers of shingles on your roof, you may not be able to add the third layer of shingles as it is prohibited in many residential areas.
  • Re-roofing is not as durable as complete roof replacement.
  • Re-roofing is not recommended for metal roofs.
  • You may not be able to assess the exact damage underneath as you are not scraping and lifting the existing shingles.

Roof Replacement – Overview

Another possible solution for repairing your worn-out roof is roof replacement which means stripping the old shingles from your roof and replacing them with new shingles. With adequate maintenance, a new roof, on average, is likely to serve you for 20 years or more.


  • Roof replacement is durable,
  • It can be done regardless of the number of layers of shingles on the roof,
  • With roof replacement, you get to know the underlying issues with your roof and have an opportunity to fix them rather than superficially improving your roof’s look.
  • Saves money in the long run.


· Roof replacement is labor-intensive, requires more material and time; thus, it is more expensive than re-roofing.

If you are a homeowner confused between the two roof repair alternatives, get in touch with America Roofing and find out what is the best solution for you. To find out more about our services, schedule an appointment now.