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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.
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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.
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Asphalt shingles are a commonly used roofing material that can be seen on a large number of residential homes throughout the United States. Because of how easy they are to use and their low cost, they are a popular selection. However, shingles have a much shorter life span when compared with other roofing materials. When looking to protect a home from any damage or preparing to put a home on the market, it is essential to understand how to inspect roof shingles to see if they are going bad. If they are, the decision then is whether to replace or repair the shingles. There are two different types of signs that shingles are going bad - interior signs and exterior signs.
Sometimes it is possible to see if roof shingles are going bad without ever having to look at the roof itself. Stains on ceilings and attics are often good indicators of a leak in the roof. If the stain is relatively new, it will feel soft when touched. Older stains, however, feel firm as they have been there for awhile. While water stains that are much older may not necessarily mean there is a problem with the roof shingles, it is always a good idea to maintain caution and monitor for further problems. Mold or wet insulation may also be a primary sign of bad roof shingles.
If a homeowner is able to see the sun shine through the roof in their attic, it is a very good sign that the roof shingles are going bad and either need to be replaced or repaired. If the sun is able to make its way through the shingles, that means that moisture can as well. Many homeowners note a problem with their roof shingles when they see a large increase in their energy bills. This points to moisture coming into the home and leaking onto the insulation, thereby making it ineffective. Cold air is then easily able to pass through the ceiling, causing the heating systems to have to work that much harder.
When looking for exterior signs of bad roof shingles, be careful as to not cause further damage to the roof by walking on it. Remember to have the necessary protection when inspecting a roof, including harnesses and a hard hat. A primary exterior sign of bad roof shingles is damaged or missing shingles. Damage includes wavy edges, curling or cracking. Also check for pieces of the shingles in the gutters and along the surface of the roof. Look to see if the shingles are starting to crack or blister, it is a surefire sign that the roof is either about fail or is currently failing. Mold on the roof's surface is not necessarily an indicator of bad roof shingles. However, if the mold or algae is only on the roof and not anywhere else on the exterior of the home, it can be a possible sign of bad roof shingles and/or ineffective roofing insulation.
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