Which Roof Replacement Method Should You Use?

Whether you need a new roof to avoid the hassle of extreme storm damage or get more marketing buzz to go along with your home selling plans, you need to decide between having a roof tear-off replacement or reroofing. In this post, let's learn more about each of them to make the best decision for your home.


Reroofing is the preferred choice if emergency repairs aren't enough to restore the roof's condition before another storm arrives. This process involves installing new asphalt shingles over the old ones. Without tearing off the old roof material, roofers accomplish this project in fewer days. However, it isn't as durable and dependable as tear-off roof replacement.

Tear-Off Roof Replacement

Removing the old roof material allows roofers to look in the attic and repair and replace any roof structures with wood rot or suffered from water damage. Plus, they remove the old roof material before installing the new one. Most roof material manufacturers only factor tear-off roof replacements into their warranty. Homeowners will enjoy long-lasting roofing for decades – and transferable warranties with a fresh roof system.

Werner Roofing & Exteriors's post below can teach you more about tear-off roofing.

If a roof replacement is in your home’s very near future, you’ve probably heard that you have two main options when re-roofing an asphalt roof: tear off and overlay. Last month, we wrote a blog about all things overlay roof, and this month, we’re going to tackle the topic of tear-off roofs. In nearly every situation, a tear-off roof is the better choice, and we’re going to tell you why. Though it might cost you just a little bit extra, a tear-off roof replacement has so many benefits that really outweigh the slight additional cost. Here are 5 of the most important benefits of a tear-off roof instead of an overlay re-roofing project. 


When you opt for a tear-off roof replacement, your roofer will tear everything off your existing roof. That means old shingles, old underlayment, and even any decking that’s been compromised or is starting to rot will be removed. Then, everything is replaced with brand-new materials. By completely tearing off the old roof, your home gets to start fresh. This is a long-term solution that can last you anywhere from 20-30 years, depending on the new asphalt shingles you choose, and the materials your roofer uses. 

A tear-off re-roofing project is the closest you’ll get to a brand new roof, which means it can offer you the most benefits for the longest amount of time. For years, you won’t have to worry about potential leaks, structural problems, etc. And because your home only has one layer of shingles, you’re putting a lot less stress on the structure of the home. That means you’re helping extend the lifespan of your home itself, too. 


Since a tear-off roof project literally means that your roofer will tear off any old material, this project gives you the opportunity to upgrade your roof structure if necessary. Let’s say you live in an older home that’s seen quite a few years. If you’re working with a roof structure that’s anywhere from 50-100 years old, a tear-off roof project gives you the opportunity to make serious upgrades. 

Roofing technology has come a long way in the last few decades, and if you’re hoping to make your home more energy efficient with new insulation in your attic or reinforce older structures, a tear-off roofing project gives you the access you need to make those upgrades happen. 


One key concern that comes with an overlay roof project is that they don’t always come out looking brand new. To complete an overlay roof, your roofer will add another layer of shingles on top of your existing roof. If your roof has any sort of sway or buckle to it, an overlay roof is only going to accentuate those problems. When you opt for a tear-off roof, you’re pretty much investing in a brand new roof. From the shingles to underlayment and even the decking of your roof, if necessary, every component of your roof will be brand new, and it will look it, too. (Continue reading here to learn more)

Miller's Home Improvement has had decades of experience providing top-notch roofing services in your neighborhood. Let us help you with all your roofing needs – call us today to learn more.