When to Remove Your Old Roof For a Roof Replacement

Roofer Completing a Roof Replacement

We Can Help You Understand if Your Roof Needs to Be Removed Before Your Roof Replacement.

If you need to replace your residential roofing materials, you are probably looking for ways to save money. One of the main ways to save money on a roof replacement is to have your new roofing materials installed directly on top of the current roof. This saves both time and money, but it may not always be the best option. If you’re looking to hire a roofing company that will help you understand the best way to complete your roof replacement to give your home a strong, durable roof, contact the office of MKCS Roofing.

Should You Remove the Old Roof

There are certain instances when tearing off the old roofing materials is the only way to go. Installing the new roof on top of the old roof in these circumstances could cause more harm than good. Here are three situations when you absolutely must remove the old roof first.

Your Roof Has 2 or More Layers
The framing and support structure of your roofing system can only handle so much weight all at once. Installing more than two layers of roofing materials on your roof could lead to a roof collapse.

Your Roof Has a Leak
Chances are if your roof is leaking through your ceiling, it means there is water damage to the roof sheathing and the framing of your roof. In order to maintain the integrity of your roof, these problems need to be fixed, which requires removing the old materials to get to the structure underneath.

Your Roof Sags
A saggy roof is an indicator that the roof framing is weak and rotting. It is going to need to be repaired before it will be able to hold the weight of one layer of roofing materials, let alone two layers of roofing materials.

If your home needs a roof replacement, contact our office at (512) 524-3011. We guarantee that we’ll do the job right the first time.

Shingles 101

As a homeowner, you can feel very overwhelmed when you find out how many shingle options there are. From asphalt types to impact resistant, there are more choices than ever before. Knowing about your shingle choices can help you make an educated selection for your home’s roof.

Traditional Asphalt Shingles

These are the shingles on most homes. These shingle provide protection from wind, hail, and weather, but can be torn, weathered, and removed comparatively easily. However, asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing option available and offer a lifespan of up to 15 years.

Beefed Up 3-Tab Shingles

3-tab shingles are exactly what they sound like. They are shingles that have tabbed ends to provide a more dimensional look for your home. Many times, these shingles are slightly thicker than asphalt shingles, so can stand up to outside perils a little better.

Architectural Shingles

While these shingles are more costly than tradition or 3-tab shingles, they offer better protection and better appearance. These shingles are individual, so they appear much more dimensional on a roof. They are also equipped with more protection than standard shingles and offer easier repair methods.

Impact Resistant Shingles

As their name implies, these shingles are remarkably resistant to almost any impact it comes across. They are also available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and styles, so you’re sure to get the look you want.

Synthetic Shingles

These are the most durable, and most costly, of the shingles selections. They come with substantial protection against weather, water, debris, and even UV rays, and can mimic traditional roofing favorites like tile and slate.

While the shingle selection is vast, knowing what benefits are important to you will help you to make a good decision for your home’s roof. Call the professional roofers of MKCS Roofing at (512) 524-3011 to learn more about your shingle options or to find out about other roofing options.