Roof Re-Coating: A Comprehensive Guide to Reroofing

A man re-coating a roof.

Re-roofing is an essential yet often overlooked maintenance task. Many homes built decades ago have wood shakes as their roofing material, which means the roof will need to be re-coated. When your roof looks faded, worn, and old, it’s time to consider re-roofing. If you’re ready to begin the roof re-coating process, follow along as we explain everything you need to know about roof re-coating.

What is roof re-coating?

Roof re-coating applies a new layer of roofing material, usually a harder and more durable material, onto your existing roof structure. The most common types of roof re-coating are asphalt rolls, metal roofing, and ceramic tile.

The most common types of roof re-coating are asphalt rolls, metal roofing, and ceramic tile. Depending on your roofing material and the condition of your roof, you may choose to have one of these materials applied.

Types of roof re-coating

There are many different roof re-coating materials, and it’s important to know which type will work best for your home and budget.

  • Flat Roofs – Low-maintenance – Less expensive – Possible need for replacement in 10-30 years – Isolation from moisture and rodents – Possible issues with overheating and condensation A good option for new homes low-slope commercial properties. However, due to rising costs and limited availability, this type of roof is rarely chosen for residential homes. 
  • Gable Roofs – Moderate-maintenance – Suitable for uneven roof surfaces – Similar cost as flat Roof – Possibility for leaky gaps at eaves and valleys – Potential for rodent and insect intrusion – May be tricky to repair if damaged Tar and Wood Roofs – Low-maintenance – Very low cost – Possible need to replace in 50-100 years – Isolation from moisture and rodents – Potential issues with overheating and condensation – May be tricky to repair if damaged
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Pros of roof re-coating

  • New roof material will last longer
  • There is less potential for roof leaks
  • Your home will appear newer
  • You may qualify for home improvement tax deductions

Get preapproved for a roof re-coat

Getting preapproved for a roof re-coat through a home equity loan can lower your overall cost. Depending on your insurance policy, your mortgage company or lender may require you to get preapproved for a re-roofing project.

Before shopping for a contractor, get preapproved for a roof re-coat through a home equity loan. This will ensure you can get a loan approved regardless of the condition of your credit. Then, select the contractor you want to work on your roof based on their price, location, and how responsive they’ve been to your house.

Get estimates for your roof re-coat

Get estimates from several contractors for the roof coating project you’re interested in. Have each contractor give you a written estimate and discuss your project timeline with them.

While price is important, don’t make your decision solely on price. Consider the quality of the workmanship, the time it will take to complete the project, the experience of the contractor, and any additional requirements you have (e.g., work related to a home upgrade or condition issues you want to be addressed).

Roof re-coating is a common yet often overlooked maintenance task. When your roof starts to fade, worn, and old, it’s time to consider re-roofing. 

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