Should you opt for a new roof or shingle overlay?

Posted on December 8, 2021 in Roofing Installation

Shingle Overlay Vs New Roof

No respectable roofing company will ever recommend a shingle overlay for your home. If your roof is in rough shape, it needs to be repaired properly or replaced entirely. When new shingles are laid down on top of the old ones, this is known as a shingle overlay. While some people claim that this method saves time and money, no one should ever opt for a shingle overlay in place of a proper roof replacement. The expert roofers from PJ Fitzpatrick lay out a couple of reasons why below.

Don’t Settle for a Shingle Overlay

Shingle overlays are ticking time bombs, as they often cause problems down the road. Don’t cut corners when it comes to your roof. Call the team at PJ Fitzpatrick to replace your roof correctly so your home is protected from future damage.

Shingle Overlays Are Too Heavy

Your roof can only handle a certain amount of weight. A second layer of shingles can cause your roof to crack or cave in, especially if heavy ice and snow rest on your roof all winter.

Unaddressed Roof Damage

When your contractor leaves the old shingles intact, they won’t be able to address any underlying roof damage. This is unsafe, and it defeats the purpose of having your roof worked on. Roof damage that goes unchecked can cause leaks, damage to your home, or injury if it caves in. Shingle overlays just cover up surface-level problems without addressing deep-level damage.

Leaks and Moisture Issues

Water can get trapped in between the two layers of shingles. This can cause the shingles to become damaged or moldy, and it may cause your roof to leak, especially with the additional nail holes beneath.

Get Your Roof Replacement Quote Today

The home improvement experts at PJ Fitzpatrick will never recommend a shingle overlay for your home. We only perform the highest quality repair and replacement services. Our roofing company has been around since 1980, and we have the experience necessary to fix your roof quickly and correctly. If you want a roof replacement for your home in the Delaware Valley that will stand the test of time, be sure to call PJ Fitzpatrick today to get your quote.

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