Roof Tear Offs

When a roof can no longer be repaired, homeowners and property managers must make a decision. Tear off the shingles down to the plywood, or go over the top of the existing roofing. Roof tear offs are a process of stripping old shingles, flashings and underlayment off a house until roofers are down to the wood decking. From there, roofers make any necessary repairs and replace old materials before adding new shingles. On the other hand, re-roofing is a simpler process where roofers add a new layer of shingles that covers the existing roof.

Roof Tear Offs vs Re-Roofing 

Roof tear offs are by far the more economical choice in the long term simply because they’re a brand new roof with updated materials. During the tear off process, problems with leaks, mildew and other damage will be repaired because that damage is in full view of the roofer, all but ensuring your roof is ready for the long haul.

Arguably the biggest issue with re-roofing is the process makes it virtually impossible for roofers to view problems with the roof because that internal damage remains hidden. Damage isn’t repaired – just covered up. This sets the stage for expensive roofing repairs in the future if there’s mildew or rotted wood, a very common problem for the Pacific Northwest in particular. Even if there’s a simple leak somewhere on your roof, it will be much more difficult to locate and fix with a re-roofing job.

While re-roofing is less expensive in the short term, this process only exacerbates internal roof damage, such as mildew or rotting wood. So, when eventual roofing repairs need to be done, roofers will need to tear off both layers of shingles before being able to fix the problem.

Benefits of Roof Tear Offs 

Make repairs and prevent future ones: Because roof tear-offs allow a roofer to view the wood decking of a house, roofers can make repairs and fixes that a re-roofing job would never touch. From leaks to condensation and wood rot, placing a new roof on top of a damaged one through re-roofing will only cause expensive problems down the road, especially with the high amount of moisture and rain in the region.

Boost home value: A new tear-off roof adds more overall value to your home than a roof that has layers of old roofing material under it. Because of the new materials and repairs that go into a roof tear off, your home value will grow more than from re-roofing. Since this increases the marketability of your home, tear-offs are the best option for you if you’re looking to sell your home a few years. In addition, time and time again, we see tear off roofs that are installed on the wood decking directly (and not on top of an older roof) last much longer.

Combat mold and mildew: In the Pacific Northwest, mildew and water damage can wreak havoc on aging residential and commercial roofs. A tear-off roof will ensure that your attic remains properly ventilated to prevent future mold, mildew and internal roof damage that can become very expensive, and very quickly.

Protects manufacturer’s warranty: Unlike re-roofing, tear offs do not run the risk of voiding the manufacturer’s warranty as a result of incorrect installation.

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Deciding to get a new roof is a big decision, so make sure it’s with the right company. If you’re in of need roof repairs, roof tear offs, replacement or other services, contact us today via an online form or call at 360-474-5828 to speak with one of our roofing experts.