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Roof Replacement Vs. Re-Roofing. Which Is Best?

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The roof serves an important purpose for every building. Every roof will age and start to deteriorate over the years. This means that property owners will need to consider whether their building requires a roof replacement or a simple re-roofing. But how do you know which service is most appropriate?

To get an understanding of which roofing service you need, you should carry out an assessment of your roof. A professional will be able to inspect your property and prescribe the best treatment, but there are a few things you can look for yourself before calling them in.

What Is Re-Roofing?

Re-roofing is a process where a roofing contractor will lay a new set of shingles over the existing roof. This reinforces the strength and durability of the roof for some time. It’s also cheaper and quicker to carry out than a full roof replacement. However, it can only be done once in each roof’s lifetime.

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When Re-Roofing Can’t Be Done

If your roof hasn’t had re-roofing done before, it still might not be an ideal candidate. There are a few circumstances where you’ll need a roof replacement regardless.


If the timber is rotting or otherwise compromised, replacing the shingles isn’t sensible. The damaged timber will continue to deteriorate, which could in turn damage the new shingles.

You also shouldn’t re-roof partial sections, as this creates problems. The re-roofed parts will be heavier than the sections that haven’t had the treatment. This can lead to issues as a result of the uneven weight and thickness.

When Re-Roofing Should Be Done

All roofs will deteriorate with age, but they don’t always need a full replacement. If your roof is still standing strong and only has minor indications of wear, re-roofing might just do the trick. This can also address any minor issues with leaks.

When Should You Get A Roof Replacement?

A roof will typically last for between 15 and 20 years before it needs a replacement. If you notice leaks, cracks or sagging, you’ll probably need a roof replacement.

There are a lot of positive benefits to getting a roof replacement. Many people find that properties with new roofs sell quicker and attract more potential buyers. This is because newer roofs are more robust, leading to less problems.

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It’s always best to get a roof replacement when it’s needed. If you leave it too long, the damage that can occur as a result of leaks and sagging can lead to expensive repair costs.

For Roof Replacements And Re-Roofing Services, Call Dwenger Roofing Today

Our team of expert roofers are experienced in all roofing services, including roof replacements and re-roofing. We can come out and assess your property to advise you which service will best suit your needs. Contact us today to speak to a member of our friendly team.


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