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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.
5 Reasons Not to Have a New Roof Installed Over an Old Roof
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.
5 Reasons Not to Have a New Roof Installed Over an Old Roof
There is a new trend in roofing for residential and commercial construction. Metal roofs have increased in popularity over the last few years. With this increase there comes a need for the proper gear or equipment for safe and efficient installation.
Although many workers continue to walk on roofs with their regular boots or work shoes, it can be more difficult when walking on steeper roofs. Some even just wear their sneakers thinking this will keep them from slipping and maybe they will on roofs that are less steep. If the soles of the sneakers are worn any at all, they may not have the grip necessary to keep a person from slipping. You also have to consider what kind of weather conditions you will have to be working in.
For that reason manufactures of work and safety shoes and boots developed shoes that were designed to provide both safety and comfort when installing metal roofs.
Looking for the best metal roofing shoes?
If you are a roofer, you have probably experienced the difficulty in walking on steep roofs if you do not have the right shoes. If you have looked for roofing boots or shoes in regular shoe stores, more than likely you leave frustrated and empty-handed. Finding the right kind of store can be difficult unless you know where to look, especially when you are looking for a specialty product that is geared towards a certain profession.
Why are metal roofing shoes important?
Safety is the biggest reason you should wear roofing boots or shoes. When walking on roofs that are more than a 4 and 12 pitch can prove challenging to say the least. If your shoes do not grip on the metal, you increase your chances of falling or getting injured.
Investing in a good pair is a small price to pay to decrease the chance of injury. A fall from the roof could result in loss of a limb or even worse loss of life. Either or both of these accidents could be avoided if the proper safety precautions are taken. Just remember safety rules should always be followed when working on roofs and that may include more than just wearing roofing shoes. Also note that by wearing these shoes, you are taking steps to reduce the possibility of getting injured on the job.
When looking for good quality roofing shoes, you should look for durability, flexibility, and comfort. These shoes are not just for roofers, they can also be worn by other professionals like, insurance adjusters, gutter installers, house inspectors or even those DIY guys who like to work on their own projects.
Where to buy metal roofing shoes?
There are some choices out there for quality roofing shoes if you know where to look for the best discounts. Some of the best metal roofing shoes will offer shoes or boots with gripping traction or some offer a strap on sandal that fits directly over your existing shoes or boots.
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