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With over a decade of experience, Armadillo Roofing is a natural choice for all your residential and commercial roofing needs in Winston-Salem.
We are a seasoned North Carolina roofing company with the skills needed to help you protect your property from the elements in every season.
Whether you are looking for help with new construction or need roof repairs on an older property, your project represents a big investment.
You need to know you are working with a licensed roofing contractor you can trust to provide the absolute best quality work on budget and on time. This is exactly what you get when you choose Armadillo Roofing in Winston-Salem.
Roofing - A Guide To Installing Corrugated Iron Roofing
So you need a new roof and are trying to decide whether or not to try and save some money by having the new roof installed over an existing layer of roofing. This technique is quite common in many areas and many roofing contractors don't see any problem with this method and have no problem trying to sell homeowners on a lay-over or go-over as this technique is called. They are wrong.
5 Top Reasons A Lay-Over Or Go-Over Is A Bad Idea When Re-Roofing
1.) Areas that have or had leaks can't always be addressed properly
There is a good chance that your old roof had some problem areas including possible leak spots, whether you noticed them or not. Without tearing off the old roof and properly identifying these types of trouble spots and determining where the leak was coming from and traveling to it is impossible to tell what areas of your roof may need some special attention.
2.) Any rotted wood under the existing roofing will only get worse
There could be areas that have rotted wood hiding under the old roofing. These rotted areas need to be identified and replaced before a new roof is installed. Obviously if your roofing contractor is only doing a lay-over roofing installation then these rotted areas will remain covered up and only get worse as the years go on. Also the nails holding down the shingles in areas with rotted wood cannot properly do their job and you have a much higher risk of shingles blowing off in those areas.
3.) Eaves, rakes and valleys need special treatment
This is a big one. The eaves, rakes and valleys of your house need special attention when your home's roof is being installed. This is especially important in colder climates like Massachusetts, where we are located. In the winter time the eaves of your house are under attack by Mother Nature, whether it is through ice dams, snow build up, or just the constant freezing and thawing that occurs throughout the winter season. When a new roof is properly installed the roofing contractor needs to put new aluminum drip-edge around the entire perimeter of your roof.
Next they need to apply a 3 foot wide section of ice & water barrier around the perimeter as well as in any valleys on your roof. Then they can begin to install the new roofing. Without tearing off the original roofing there is no way to properly install the new drip-edge or ice & water barrier. On a lay-over type of roofing install, the roofing contractor is counting on the existing products on the home's roof to still be up to par and be able to handle the winter conditions. All too often the old products fall short whether it was because they have outlived their lifetime, were sub-par to begin with, or maybe they were never there to begin with (all to often the latter is the case with ice & water barrier).
4.) Extra roofing weight is no good for old rafters
One of the more obvious problems with a lay-over re-roof is the added weight of the extra layer of shingles. On most newer homes this is not an issue, however many older homes have rafters that are considered undersized by today's framing standards. It is not uncommon to see 2×6 rafter systems on many of these houses. Now in most situations a 2×6 rafter is undersized to begin with and you certainly don't want to be adding the weight of a new roofing layer on top of an old roofing layer to these already undersized rafter systems. With newer roofs using 2×10, 2×12, engineered trusses, etc. the weight isn't always as much of an issue.
5.) Shorter roof life expectancy
Most responsible roofing contractors agree that a lay-over roof will decrease the new roof's lifetime by about 25%. This fact alone means that any money you might have saved by doing a lay-over, as opposed to a tear-off and new roof install, was only a short term savings. In addition, you now have 2 layers of roofing that will need to be removed the next time your roof is done and that will also add more cost to the job
Tear-Off Then Re-Roof Is Always Superior
Well, I just gave you 5 very good reasons to tear off your old roofing and then install your new roof. Yes it can be cheaper in the short term to do a go-over on your old roof, but, in the long term it will cost you more. We never recommend this technique to our customers. We always recommend completely tearing of the old roofing, fixing any underlying problems, then installing a fresh, beautiful new roof that will outlast any lay-over roof as well as better protect our customers' homes.
How Much Money Can You Make Selling Roofs?
Roofing companies provide a variety of services and products to fit the needs of their customers. Shingles are a popular roofing material. When seeking a roofing company it is best to work with professionals that are experienced. This will help make sure to get quality work as well as the best materials for the job.
Shingles are available in various styles, colors and materials that last for a certain duration. Two options are asphalt and architectural. Another option is wooden shingles which are cedar and expensive lasting least 30 years.
Asphalt shingles are a common roofing material since the 1950s and often known as composite shingles. These lightweight shingles are considered inexpensive, which adds to the popularity. They are made by adding a fiber material along with the asphalt that continues to be improved, such as becoming more fireproof. Other benefits of asphalt shingles are available in various colors while protecting the home from the sun. The strip on the asphalt shingle helps create an adhesive to keep it sealed and in place during winds as it is heated in the sun. These shingles generally last at least 20 years.
Architectural shingles are of the same type of material as asphalt, but produce a more refined look. It is a thicker option resembling a wooden slate or shake. They are expense especially compared to other shingles, but are easier to install. Architectural shingles come with a 50 year warranty.
When picking shingles, there are various conditions and elements to consider and the high quality materials for best results. Roofing companies have qualified staff to help. First consider the location and the climate. Fungus and algae could grow on shingles because of exposure to moisture and humidity, such as found in Florida. There are shingles using zinc or copper to help prevent issues that could cause trouble.
Now, it is also important for roofing companies to consider the roof pitch and building codes when helping to determine the shingles to use. There are some areas that have laws that restrict the use of a variety of roof types as well as limited the shingle layers allowed on the roof. When considering the roof pitch, get the angle of the roof. This will help determine the best shingle for each particular house. Qualified roofing companies are able to determine what needs to be done according to building codes and roof pitch.
If you are unsure about which roofing companies to shortlist, ask your family or friends to share their experiences. Most of them must have used a roofing service that they cam recommended. However, if you are looking on your own, consider browsing online or checking the yellow pages. To get the best price on your project, contact different roofing companies and get an estimate. Although a basic price would be the same, the total cost on each roofing service varies. Additionally, you can also consult them about the best materials to use, methods and shingles that will last longer. Having a reliable roofing company look after your home is recommended.
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We pride ourselves on our excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. Armadillo Roofing offers custom tile roofs, slate roofs, cedar wood shingle/shake roofs, and other residential roofs in Winston-Salem.
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