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Roofing Replacement – What it Really Costs


Everything costs under the sun.  But there are not too many things more important than the thing above your head that stands between you and sun. Life doesn’t allow us to avoid spending–just doesn’t work like that.  In this economy we are best served by ensuring that we stretch our dollar as far as we can make it stretch.

That means intelligently deciding how to spend the few dollars that escape bills and food and make it into our bank accounts.

And then we have to think proactively. Whether we think we can afford it or not, family security is a necessity.

So here we are thinking about our roof.  Really the most important structure of our home.  With a roof, these motley collection of walls is protection, home, security, comfort.  Without a roof our house is nothing but a collection of walls, a low-rent obstacle course.

A roof turns your walls into your castle.

Roofing replacement is easier, and less expensive than roof repair.  Yes you read that right.  Repairing your roof is generally more expensive than replacing it altogether in the long run.  Bob Vila explains:

Counter to intuition, partial re-roofing jobs are more expensive on a cost per square (a 10′ x 10′ area) basis. They can create added problems, too.

In a nutshell, Bob echoes the accumulated wisdom of most roofing professionals.  Pennywise and pound foolish.  Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.  It’ll feel like you’re helping your wallet, and your budget out now, but you’re likely to pay for it–both figuratively and literally later on.

Repairing piecemeal is more expensive in the long run, and much more dangerous.

Here’s why:

You don’t want to start a roofing replacement or repair if you haven’t already determined if your roof is already carrying excess layers from previous roofing replacements.

Those tiles look like they don’t weigh much, but all piled on a scale you might have a small SUV resting above you and your family every night.  You want that weight distributed by a bonded, certified professional.  And you want to make sure that the supporting structures can handle the weight.  That’s why ratings and building codes are important.  Some roofers will build over top of the previous roof adding dangerous, and ultimately costly, additional unnecessary weight.  The additional weight will place stress on all the other support structures, and if the roof weight exceeds the weight rating…  Well.  Let’s all hope that you took better care of your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Building a roof over top of a previous replacement is generally a bad idea.  Pennywise and pound foolish.  Bob Vila again:

For example, if an asphalt roof already has two or more layers, all layers will have to be removed in order for the partial re-roofing to proceed. So in addition to increased labor and disposal costs, you may face the possibility of a lopsided effect at ridges, with the old roof ending up a couple of inches higher than the new one. Even when built up with a course of shingles and covered with a ridge cap, the hump may still be noticeable.

So before you do anything.  Get a thorough evaluation of your roof, get an inspection by a reputable company (hint, hint  Accent has 35 years of roofing experience and we do free inspections).

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