Roof Replacement or Overlay – What’s the Ideal Solution?

If you think your roof is past its age or is failing to serve its purpose, it’s time you started looking out for other options. Two popular solutions are – roof replacement and overlay. If you don’t know which one would suit you better, you should start looking for a roofing contractor in Austin, Texas. Many prefer overlay as it is less expensive than roof replacement, but it isn’t always the best choice. Let’s discuss the key differences between roof replacement and overlay.

Roof replacement involves the removal of the old roof before installation of the new one. Overlay means adding another layer on top of the existing/damaged roof. Roof replacement is generally a good option if the roof has reached the end of its life-cycle. However, it is more time-consuming and relatively more costly than an overlay. An overlay doesn’t involve a tear-off but because adding another roof to the top of your roof adds more weight to the roof, it does requires a supportive roofing structure, so the roof can handle the added weight. Overlay takes lesser time and a better choice if you need a new roof immediately. If the existing roof is in a really bad condition, overlay is not the best option as it becomes very difficult to add a new layer on top of the roof. If the budget is not a constraint, go for roof replacement.

Advantages of Roof Replacement –

• Allows inspection of the current condition of the decking
• Lets you search for (and repair) leaks and water damage
• Increases your home’s building value

Advantages of Overlay –

• Saves you a significant amount of money (initially)
• Requires less labor and takes less time to install

Overlay may cost you more money

There is no denying the fact that overlay is a cost-effective option, however, the problem with an overlay is that – sooner or later you’re going to need to replace it. At that time, you won’t just have one layer of roof to replace, but two. This means double the labor and spending even more time. So, even though, an overlay might be a good option in the short-term, it’s likely to cost you more money in the long run.

Looking for the best commercial roofing contractor in Austin, Texas that can help you figure out what options are right for you? Get in touch with Architecture Roof Systems and we will give you detailed and illustrative specs for your project.


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