When the time comes for you to update your roof, you have a couple of options. To re-roof or tear off your existing roofing: that is the question. While there is no certain answer that is more right or more wrong, there are some general guidelines in place that can help you make the decision if you are looking into potential shingle removal services in Ambler.
More often than not, it won’t be necessary to tear off your existing shingles prior to laying new ones. For example, if your current roof only has one layer of shingles that are laying flat and the decking is in good condition, you will not need to tear off the roofing in order to lay the new one.
There are a couple reasons why. First, the existing layer will act as a buffer between your home and the new shingles, providing extra coverage and durability. Secondly, adding that second layer of shingles to the existing first layer can also save you money and the inconvenience of removing the shingles and properly disposing of them.
On the other hand, there are certainly situations where tearing off your roofing is the best possible option and is in your homes best interest. Your existing shingles will most likely need to be removed if any of the following occur:
- Your roof will probably need to be replaced if an inspection of your roof deck shows signs of rotting or warped wood, or large gaps between the deck boards. Should the inspection come back with anything rotten or damaged, your roofing will definitely need to be replaced prior to applying the new shingles to ensure no future corrosion or deformities occur.
- If your existing roof has more than two layers of existing shingles, there is a possibility that you will need to tear off your current roofing due to the extra weight another layer of shingles can add to it. Not only can having too many layers be against building code, it can also cause structural damage.
- Your roof will need to be torn off if the structure of the roof shows any signs of sagging across the ridge or truss lines. If your roof doesn’t look straight or feel as sturdy as it should, make sure you have it inspected by your local shingle removal services in Ambler to check for structural deficiencies or problems.
- The bottom line is, if your existing shingles are in rough shape and are so distorted, it isn’t worth your time to try and flatten all of the raised areas enough so that the new roofing can lay flat. In this case, it is best to tear your current roofing off and fully replace it.
As in most home renovation or maintenance situations, it is highly recommended that you work with your local shingle removal services in Ambler as well as area officials in making sure that all building codes are being followed. Roofing can be a difficult thing to assess and work on, so consulting a professional who has a trained eye and can help determine your next steps will help make it that much easier.