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Orange County NY Roofing: Article About Why Older Roofs Should Be Removed

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After looking at the expense of tearing off an old roof prior to installing a new one, many homeowners ask themselves whether or not it would be better to just put a second layer of shingles over the first layer. Many building codes allow this, and it is a less expensive remedy for minor problems on the roof. However, if you speak to Orange County NY Roofing contractors, they will tell you that, nine times out of ten, it is better for you to remove the old shingles and start with a completely clean slate.

There are many shingle manufacturers who will offer the same warranty on their product whether it is installed on a new roof or their shingles are installed over old ones. However, there is a lot of evidence that has been presented by experienced roofers showing that the second layer will not last as long if it is placed on an already shingled roof. For this reason, individuals who are looking at staying in their homes for the long term should consider ripping off their old roof and starting over.

One of the benefits that comes from doing this project is that you as a homeowner will get a clear idea of what has been going on with your roof under the old shingles.

The roofing experts at Precision roofing of Orange County NY can assist you with any questions regarding metal roofing or EPDM roofing.

Remember, all it really takes is one small leak to cause large amounts of damage in the roof sheeting and the framing. Finding leaks is a whole lot easier when the roof's surface is exposed. This is also true when it comes to repairing these leaks once they have been found.

Removing an old roof will also give you as a homeowner the opportunity to examine the flashings and the metal valleys on the roof. If these are damaged, they can be replaced. Many times, it is in these metal valleys or around the flashings where leaks start. Removing the roof also is a perfect opportunity for you to do some preventative maintenance. This includes installing ice and water barriers. These will help to prevent problems with ice dams.

For the most part, installing a new roof is just going to look nicer. A new roof is going to have a smoother, flatter surface than would a roof that has a second layer of shingles installed. The second layer of shingles will often look old and wavy even though they were recently purchased.

One thing that you can do to make the job easier on yourself is to make sure that you have the right tools. For example, a tear-off shovel is a shovel that is designed with serrated edges. These shovels are made not only to remove the shingles but also to pull up the majority of old shingle nails. Designed with a fulcrum welded to the back of the shovel, they make prying up old materials extremely easy.

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