Re-shingling A Roof
When a roof starts to leak or when damage to existing shingles is visible, there are several options for taking care of the problem. If the leak is localized, it is relatively simple and inexpensive to replace a few shingles. However, in many cases, a larger area of the roof will need repair due to the age of the roof, excessive water damage, or poor prior installation, and in that case, shingle repair won’t be sufficient. At this point, it’s time to either replace the roof altogether or re-shingle it. In some cases, you can even re-shingle in a localized area to prevent further damage and extend the lifespan of the roof.
What is the Difference Between Roof Replacement and Re-shingling?
Roof replacement involves tearing off the existing shingles and underlayment all the way down to the deck. Once the deck is completely bare, the roofers lay a new sheet of felt paper on the deck and nail down brand-new shingles or other roofing material. Due to the laborious hours, this can be a costly job.
A less expensive alternative is re-shingling, or reroofing, which means adding a new layer of shingles on top of an existing roof. The new shingles can look as good and work just as well as a whole new roof, but it isn’t an option in every case.
At Fortenberry Construction, we make sure that our customers know what their options are and help them choose the best, most secure, and most economical solution for their roofing needs.
When Is Re-shingling A Good Option?
In most cases, a roof can have a maximum of two layers of shingles, so if a roof has already been re-shingled, it is time to remove both layers of shingles and inspect the roof decking for issues and re-shingle the initial layer. Adding a third layer on top of a second is not secure because the nails hammered through three layers won’t reach far enough into the deck to grip it firmly. Re-shingling works best for any roof that has an intact deck with no extensive water damage or missing shingles but has reached an age (usually around 20 years old) when its shingles are beginning to break down.
What Is the Process of Re-shingling?
At Fortenberry Construction, our process always begins with an inspection of the roof and an evaluation of the most appropriate type of repair. We will check the condition of the existing shingles and look for signs of significant damage, such as missing shingles, extensive mold or moss growth, and a deck with too much give, indicating water damage. If the roof is in good condition overall, but the shingles are starting to curl or shed particles, chances are good that re-shingling will be an option.
Before beginning the job, we set up our supplies and lay down plywood or plastic sheets to protect air-conditioning vents, plants or stepping stones near the house, and anything else that could be damaged by falling shingles. We will also check for any minor repairs that need to be done before nailing the new shingles. This can include replacing damaged sheathing around a pipe or filling in a missing shingle on the original layer.
Once the roof has been prepared and shingles have been distributed around the roof, our roofers get to work nailing them down and cutting them down to size as necessary. Once the new layer is in place, we do a final inspection before cleaning up and moving out. It may only take a day or two to complete a re-shingling project, depending on the size of the roof and weather conditions.
What Are Some Benefits of Re-shingling?
Re-shingling has several benefits compared to full roof replacement. Re-shingling considerably less expensive than roof replacement, and there is no added cost for new underlayment, new flashing, or disposal of old roofing materials.
Another advantage of this process is that it’s simpler and less time consuming than a roof replacement since there are fewer steps to go through. In addition, there is no debris created by the process and thus less disruption to the homeowners’ daily lives.
Finally, re-shingling provides excellent quality. New shingles are guaranteed by the manufacturer to provide many years of service to the home. In addition, by adding a new layer on top of an old roof, the original shingles provide an extra layer of protection, making the re-shingled roof even stronger and more secure.
What Is the Best Type of Shingle to Use?
Asphalt shingles are the most popular and least expensive roofing material, and they last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. They come in a huge variety of colors and textures, so homeowners can easily change the look of their house by choosing shingles in a different color or style.
Architectural shingles are a high-end roofing product made of a layered fiberglass coated with asphalt. The shingles are thicker and heavier than regular shingles, and they tend to last longer, since they are more resistant to weather. Many customers also prefer the look of these more textured shingles.
Metal shingles are another option that provides a durable and also energy efficient roof, since metal reflects sunlight and can keep a house cooler in hot weather.
How Much Does Re-shingling Cost?
The answer differs for every home because the cost of re-shingling depends on several factors. For one thing, the cost of materials has to be taken into consideration, and that is determined by the square footage of the roof and the roofing material that you select. Labor is another factor to consider. The difficulty of the job and the time it will take depend on the size of the house and factors like the pitch of the roof and the number of valleys and peaks it has.
When we look at your roof, we’ll be able to give an estimate. Fortenberry Construction offers professional, high-quality roof repair services in Ocean Springs, MS, as well as the entire MS gulf coast. Call one of our roofing professionals today to get a quote and learn more about our re-shingling service and other roofing solutions.
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