When it’s time to replace your roof, you have two basic options.
The first option consists of laying a new roof over your preexisting roof. The second choice is to completely remove your roof and then install the new one.
The best way to determine which method is most suited for your roofing needs is to hire a professional roofer who can assess the condition of your roof.
Roofing is a dangerous profession and many injuries can occur. Due to the safety concerns involved, it is always wise to hire a professional roofer for all of your roofing needs, even if you have decided to lay a new roof over an old one.
Not everyone can simply lay a new roof over a preexisting roof. To do this successfully your roof will need to meet certain conditions.
There are local laws that need to be followed.
If the original roof has structural damage to the underlying layers, a roof put over the original will have an uneven or warped appearance.
If any of these conditions are present your roofer will recommend removing the previous roof before installing the new one. It may be more expensive to have the roof removed first but if the experienced roofing contractor recommends it, then there is no other choice.
Do not to try to remove the roof yourself. Not only is this a big project, it can also be dangerous. The possibility of serious injuries is high when homeowners try to tackle roofing projects themselves.
The best course of action is to hire a professional roofing contractor…getting several estimates from local roofers that include removal of the original roof.