When it comes to maintaining your roof, it’s essential that you use the correct methods and materials. A common roofing myth you might have heard is that installing a layer of new shingles over the old ones will save you money. This myth is false.
Your roof can only sustain a certain amount of pounds per square inch (PSI). Adding another layer of shingles will add too much weight and could lead to structural damage and even roof collapse. In addition, a new layer of shingles placed over the old layer traps moisture because the older roofing underlayment and roof decking is still in place.
You might save a little money initially, but it will certainly cost you in the long run. It’s best to reroof it correctly the first time by stripping off the old shingles and putting down new underlayments and any deteriorated roof decking before the new shingles go on.
Another downside to installing new shingles over old ones is that it can void the manufacturer’s warranty on the new shingles. Many manufacturers require that the old shingles be removed before their product is installed, otherwise, the warranty will not be honored. This means if you have a problem with the new shingles in the future, you’ll likely have to pay for the repairs out of pocket.
And don’t forget aesthetics. Installing new shingles over old ones will impact the overall appearance of your roof. The new shingles won’t lay as smoothly as they should and will not have the same appeal as a properly installed new roof.
So, if you’re considering installing new shingles over old ones because of budget concerns, there are other ways to save money on your roofing project. You could opt for a less expensive type of shingle or ask about your roof financing options.
In conclusion, installing new shingles over old ones is not advised, trust us.
For over 30 years, Native Roofing has been committed to providing our customers with the highest quality roofing services. If you’re looking for the best ways to install new shingles without overspending, contact us here, and we’ll walk you through the best solution for your roof.