Is it Time to Re-Roof or Replace?

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Nov
When it’s time for significant roof repair, you can opt for a roof replacement or re-reroof. Deciding whether to re-roof or replace your roof starts with a roof inspection by your pals at Goodfriend Roofing.

Every roof reaches a point of wear and tear; sometimes from years of peaceful aging and other times from acute trauma such as a tree falling on it during hurricane season.  

If you’re a homeowner, replacing a roof is one of the biggest investments you will make. Fortunately, if done correctly, it provides the greatest return on investment if you plan to sell your house.  

When you decide to start your roof restoration project, you will first need to determine (with the help of your pals at Goodfriend Roofing) if you should re-roof or completely replace your roof.  

Not sure? Continue reading to learn more and discover the best option for your place.

To Re-Roof or Replace?

Here are the key differences between the two...

Reroofing: Recover or replace on top of an existing roof covering.  

Roof Replacement: Removing the existing roof, repairing any damaged substrate, and installing a new roof.  


Choosing Re-Roofing

When fixing an asphalt shingle roof, you must consider whether to remove old shingles or apply a new layer of shingles over the pre-existing layer. As long as your roof is structurally sound, many damaged roofs can be repaired and re-covered with a new layer of shingles. Re-roofing.

However, you must ensure you are following local building codes. Many local governments do not allow houses to have more than two roof coverings, so you may have to remove old shingles if you already have two layers.  

Although every roof must be individually and professionally inspected, roofs that have one layer of shingles that lay flat with the decking in good shape may not need to be torn off.  

Benefits of re-roofing instead of replacing your roof include:  

  • Frequently cheaper since it requires less time, labor, and materials
  • Faster option than replacing your entire roof  
  • Provides backup roof beneath new shingles  

Not sure whether your roof needs recovering or replacing? Your friends are always here to help you out. Call our team at Goodfriend Roofing at 813-579-5789 for a FREE quote!

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Red Flags for Re-Roofing  

While re-roofing may be a suitable option for some roof restoration projects, there are certain things to look out for that may signal that your shingles may need to be removed and replaced.  

Structurally Unsound


If an inspection of the roof deck uncovers rotted or warped wood, existing shingles will most likely need removing. Any rotten or damaged wood in the deck boards must be replaced before applying any new roofing material.  

If the overall structure shows signs of sagging across the ridge or truss lines, you may need to schedule an inspection with a licensed structural engineer to check for weaknesses.  

Shingles will need replacing if they are so uneven and raised that it would be impractical to flatten them.  

Logistical Errors


Many local building codes prohibit more than two layers of shingles. Re-roofing may not last as long as a complete roof replacement. Certain types of roofing, such as metal, can only be fully replaced and not touched up.

Re-roofing may also prevent the discovery of any damage below the surface that isn’t so obvious without removing the shingles. If you have any concerns about the integrity of your roof, it may be safer to replace.  

Ready to start your roof restoration project? You got a guy (well a whole team really) to help you out. Trust Goodfriend Roofing to be right there to help bring value to your place! Reach out to start your new roof!  

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Signs It’s Time for a Roof Replacement


If re-roofing isn’t going to cut it for your roof’s needs, rest assured that a roof replacement offers many benefits.

  • Replacing lasts longer overall than re-roofing
  • You are less likely to run into problems with local building codes
  • Replacing addresses all structural issues and exposes any safety issues such as rot, mold, and water damage
  • It saves more money long-term because you can identify (and fix) early signs of damage

Whether you need a re-roof or a replacement, your friends at Goodfriend Roofing want to help! Call us today at (813) 579-5789 for a roofing consultation!


Repair or Replace with the Help of a Goodfriend

When it comes to BIG home projects such as roof restorations, it’s important to weigh all of your options. Your house may be a good candidate for a re-roofing, but it may require a bit more TLC.  

At Goodfriend Roofing, we can help you make the safest, most cost-effective decision. Contact us today and start the conversation about your roof! We can’t wait to be your friend who’s a roofer.

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