Are you thinking it is time for a new roof but have questions? That’s not uncommon as most people looking at getting a new roof have never replaced theirs before. Because we field so many questions from homeowners, we thought we’d put some of the most frequently asked questions in our blog today. Of course, if you don’t see the questions about asphalt shingle roof replacement that you have, just ask and we’ll get you a clear answer.

1.     What is the Difference in an Overlay and Tear Off?

If you have several quotes and they vary greatly, even when similar materials were quoted, chances are good that one is an overlay and the other is a tear off. An overlay is when the roofer leaves the old roof on the home and puts the new shingles on top. This is rarely ever a good idea. Your new shingles won’t lay flat, you may trap moisture or even mold or mildew between the layers of shingles and your manufacturer likely won’t honor their warranty. It’s better to pay for a tear off for your asphalt shingle roof replacement and start with a clean roof deck that’s in good condition.

2.     Why Are Architectural Shingles More Expensive?

There are two general categories of asphalt shingles; 3-tab and architectural shingles. The 3-tab shingles are thinner and have a shorter lifespan. Architectural shingles are more expensive because they require more material in the manufacturing process. They also often have wind, impact and stain resistant technology built into them. Simply put, they last longer, sometimes twice as long as a 3-tab shingle.

3.     Which Brand of Shingle is Best?

All major manufacturers today have good products. The best one is one that comes in a color and style that you want and fits your budget. We prefer Owens Corning and more often install an Owens Corning asphalt shingle roof replacement than other brands because we like their Total Protection Roofing System. The true key to a great looking and long-lasting roof is a roofing company who properly installs the roof.

Choose Quality Products & Experienced Installers

The key to any asphalt shingle roof replacement, no matter the brand or style, is to quality over price. A roof replacement is a big investment. Choosing an architectural shingle over a 3-tab installed by an experienced installer will give you a better looking and longer lasting roof. Frank-Dale Roofing & Exteriors offers free roof replacement estimates. Call us at (414) 425-5796 to schedule your appointment today. You can also fill out our contact form.