Should You Replace Your Roof or Reroof?

should you replace your roof or reroof

No one wants to find out their roof is failing. Repairing or replacing a roof can get very costly and most Omaha-area homeowners look for ways to keep the costs down as much as possible while still getting a quality job done. If your roof has failed beyond the point of a few simple repairs, you have two options: a reroofing job and a total roof replacement. Here’s the difference between the two and how to choose which one is right for you.

Total Roof Replacement

When you have a total roof replacement done, everything is torn off your roof down to the deck. Once this is complete, new felt paper and shingles are put on. A roof replacement is possible no matter how many layers of shingles are already on the roof. There is more labor involved in a roof replacement, and therefore it is almost always more expensive. However, it can sometimes be the only option when reroofing is not advisable.


A reroofing project involves putting a new set of shingles over the existing shingles. This is a process that can only be done once. If you’ve already had your roof reroofed and there are more than two layers of shingles, this is no longer an option. If you have not had a reroofing performed, this process goes faster and is less expensive than a total roof replacement because there is no tear-off involved.

Considering a Reroofing Project

For those homeowners who have a roof that is nearing the end of its lifespan but is still in good shape, a reroofing project can be a viable alternative to a roof replacement. It’s usually recommended when there are some minor leaks or other damage but no major issues such as extensive water damage, lots of mildew, or a number of missing shingles. Reroofing projects are most successful when you have the entire roof redone rather than having only parts of it worked on. As stated above, a reroofing can only be done once.

When a Roof Replacement is the Better Option

If you have major damage to your roof or if there are already multiple layers of shingles on your roof, you should not consider a reroofing project. You should also not consider it if you suspect there are sagging or rotted areas that are hidden beneath the singles. Though most quality roofing experts can determine how much damage your roof has, they cannot know for certain what shape the roof deck is in. If a reroofing project is done over extensive damage, the problem is only being covered up and it will compromise your roof.

Reroofing should also not be done on some parts of the roof and not on others. If this is done, some sections of the roof will be thicker than others which can cause structural and aesthetic issues.

Reroofing should not be done on roofs that have multiple layers of shingles because nails may not drive through the layers and attach the singles properly. In addition, the more layers of shingles you have on your roof, the more likely that there is damage hidden beneath them.

Knowing for Sure

There’s only one way to know for sure if a reroofing project will suffice or if you need a full roof replacement: have an inspection performed by a roofing expert from A&A Roofing & Exteriors. While some contractors will perform a reroofing project under less than ideal circumstances, the experts at A&A will always be honest with you about the safest and best option. Schedule your inspection today to get your project done before winter.

Factors That Determine Your Roof’s Lifespan

Factors that determine your roof's lifespan

Not all roofs are created equally. At A&A Roofing & Exteriors, we’ve seen everything from high-quality roofs that last 30 years or more to sub-par roofs that leak or fail after only a few years. While there are some elements you cannot control such as harsh storms with high winds or hail, there are some predictable factors that affect the lifespan of your roof. Here are the factors that have the most profound effect on your roof’s lifespan.

1. Workmanship

No matter what materials are used, if your roof was installed by a team that did not have attention to detail and a high level of workmanship, it will not last as long as it should. Quality roofing teams should have years of experience and the latest training on how to properly install the type of roof they are putting on a home or a commercial building.

2. Quality of Materials

It makes sense that the quality of your roof depends on the quality of the materials. Though you will pay more for high-end shingles with a longer lifespan, they will likely end up saving you money in the long run. Quality materials can increase energy savings and will stand up to the elements, reducing the need for repairs and increasing your roof’s lifespan.

3. Climate

The materials used in your roof will expand and contract as the air temperature changes. In the Midwest, our climate goes from very hot in the summer to bitter cold in the winter. This is a lot harder on roofs than climates that have less fluctuation. While you can’t do anything about the weather, you can opt for high-quality materials that are made for our climate.

4. Roof Pitch

There’s a difference between steep roofs and flat roofs when it comes to longevity. Higher-pitched roofs not only have more room for insulation, but their slope also encourages water and snow to slide off instead of sitting on the surface. This prevents leaking, clogging, moisture, and other problems that can decrease a roof’s lifespan.

5. Ventilation

If your attic is properly ventilated, air can flow through and prevent mold growth and rotting. It can also prevent heat buildup, which leads to the degradation of your roof as well as increases energy bills in the summer. Combining proper ventilation with effective insulation is an effective way of lowering utility costs and prolonging the lifespan of your roof.

6. Proper Maintenance

Having your roof inspected every few years or after a major storm is one of the best ways to prolong your roof’s lifespan. Regular inspections can help roofing professionals identify problems and repair them before they become larger issues that necessitate a replacement. Contact the experts at A&A Roofing & Exteriors to schedule your inspection if you have not had one recently.

Though you cannot control Mother Nature, there are plenty of measures you can take to prolong the life of your roof and ensure your family’s safety and comfort. If you would like to talk to an expert about upgrading your roof or having an inspection to identify potential problems, please reach out to one of our customer service professionals at A&A Roofing & Exteriors.