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Overlay Roofing

Are you considering an overlay for your roof?  Over here you will find a small guide to help you make this decision wisely or you can call us at 817 381 6855 and get free inspection and see if this option is good for you.  We will beat any bid by 5%.

The question whether a shingle roof should be torn off or if an overlay (or recover) is possible. Overlays save on time, labor, and disposal costs. If the existing roof has only one or two layers, lays flat, and there aren’t any problems with the roof deck, removal is not necessary.  It is our experience because of the weight of the shingles with many times the decking is bad.  So it important to see the quality of the decking when considering the question of overlaying the roof.  


Regardless of whether you overlay or tear off, you should properly ventilate your attic. In almost all cases, continuous soffit and ridge vents will the ventilation needed.


If any of the following are true, a complete tear-off of the existing roof system(s) should be considered if


  • Too many layers – If a roof has more than three  layer of roofing, the roof should be torn off- this is what most codes in Texas also suggest.  To determine this, all you need to do is contact your local building inspections department.
  • Bad decking - if spongy areas are noticed when walking on a roof, or if you see sags between the rafters or trusses, there's a chance that some of the roof deck may be deteriorating or be damaged. Deterioration can be attributed to dry rot or delamination of the plies in the plywood due to glue failure. Dry rot is wood rot caused by certain types of fungi and if it isn't taken care of, it can spread. If there is suspicion of bad decking, then a full tear off should seriously be considered.

  • Incompatible shingles - if a heavy weight architectural style shingle is used to cover a light weight strip shingle such as 3-tabs, then the roof will look good. However, if a light weight shingle is used to cover a heavy weight shingle, the light weight shingles have a tendency to show all the bumps and ridges (called telegraphing) and won't look good.
  • Existing roof is in poor condition - if the existing roof is in really poor shape, such as tabs being severely curled or if the rows are crooked, then complete tear off and replacment should be considered.
  • Shorter Life Span - There is no known documented research, but most roofing professionals agree that with an overlay, the average lifespan of the shingles will be shortened by about 10%-20%. 

Metal Over Shingle Overlay


 You can install a long lasting metal roof over existing shingles as long as there is only one layer of shingles on the home and the substrate and existing shingles are level. It is not advisable to install the metal over two existing layers of shingles. You will need to put a layer of 30# roofing felt down over the shingles before installing the new metal roof. If the roof is uneven and solid you can add wood strips on top of the roof on 16” centers to attach the metal to.

Overlay Shingles
Overlay Shingles

The best-case scenario for an overlay is sound decking; no previous or existing leaks; and a roof with no sidewalls where flashing is needed to tie in the roofing material to the exterior walls of the home. 

Roof overlay shingles
Roof overlay shingles

However, if  the roof has minimal water damage, he adds, reroofing with an overlayment strategy can be the quickest, least expensive, and easiest solution because it eliminates tear-off costs and reduces replacement time.

overlay roofing
Overlay roofing

f you roof was damaged by wind or a tree during the storm and your shingle roof is beyond repair you could be presented with the option to ‘overlay’ your new roof. Overlay is when your existing shingle roof  is not removed and covered over with a new shingle roof, this is a money saving option presented to many homeowners when it is time for a new roof.

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Areas We Serve

75001 Addison
75002  Allen
75006 Carrollton
75007 Carrollton
75009  Celina
75010 Carrollton
75013  Allen
75019 Coppell
75022  Flower Mound
75023  Plano
75024  Plano
75025  Plano
75028  Flower Mound
75032 Rockwall
75034 Frisco
75035 Frisco
75038 Irving
75039  Irving
75040 Garland
75041 Garland
75042 Garland
75043  Garland
75044 Garland
75048 Sachse
75050 Grand Prairie
75051 (Grand Prairie)
75052 (Grand Prairie)
75054 (Grand Prairie)
75056 The Colony
75057 Lewisville
75060 Irving
75061 (Irving)
75062 (Irving)
75063 (Irving)
75065 Lake Dallas
75067 (Lewisville
75068 Little Elm
75069 McKinney
75070 (McKinney)
75071 (McKinney)
75074  Plano
75075 (Plano)
75077 (Lewisville)
75078 Prosper
75080 Richardson
75081 (Richardson)
75082 (Richardson)
75087 Rockwall
75088 Rowlett
75089 (Rowlett)
75093 (Plano)
75094 (Plano)
75098 Wylie
75101 Bardwell
75104 Cedar Hill
75114 Crandall
75115  Desoto
75116  Duncanville
75119 Ennis
75125 Ferris
75126 Forney
75132 Fate
75134 Lancaster
75135 Caddo Mills
75137 Duncanville
75141 Hutchins
75142  Kaufman
75146 Lancaster
75147 Mabank
75149 Mesquite
75150 (Mesquite)
75152  Palmer
75154 Red Oak
75157 Rosser 
75158 Scurry
75159 Seagoville
75160 Terrell
75161 (Terrell)
75164 Josephine
75165 Waxahachie
75166  Lavon
75167 (Waxahachie)
75172 Wilmer
75173  Nevada
75180  Mesquite
75181 (Mesquite)
75182 Sunnyvale
75189  Royse City
75201 Dallas
75202 (Dallas)
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75253 (Dallas)
75254 (Dallas)
75270 (Dallas)
75287 (Dallas)
75390 (Dallas)
75401 Greenville
75402 (Greenville)
75407 Princeton
75409 Anna
75415  Ben Franklin
75422  Campbell
75423  Celeste
75424  Blue Ridge
75428  Commerce
75432  Cooper
75441  Enloe
75442  Farmersville
75448  Klondike
75450  Lake Creek
75453  Lone Oak
75454  Melissa
75469  Pecan Gap
75474  Quinlan
75496  Wolfe City
76001 Arlington
76002 (Arlington)
76006 (Arlington)
76008 Aledo
76009  Alvarado
76010 (Arlington)
76011 (Arlington)
76012 (Arlington)
76013 (Arlington)
76014 (Arlington)
76015 (Arlington)
76016 (Arlington)
76017 (Arlington)
76018 (Arlington)
76020  Azle
76021  Bedford
76022 (Bedford)
76023  Boyd
76028  Burleson
76031  Cleburne
76033 (Cleburne)
76034  Colleyville
76036  Crowley
76039 (Euless)
76040  Euless
76041  Forreston
76044  Godley
76050  Grandview
76051  Grapevine
76052  Haslet
76053  Hurst
76054 (Hurst)
76058  Joshua
76059  Keene
76060 Kennedale
76061  Lillian
76063  Mansfield
76064  Maypearl
76065  Midlothian
76066  Millsap
76071  Newark
76073 Paradise
76078 Rhome
76082 Springtown
76084  Venus
76085 Weatherford
76086 (Weatherford)
76087 (Weatherford)
76088 (Weatherford)
76092 Southlake
76093 Rio Vista
76102  Fort Worth
76103 (Fort Worth)
76104 (Fort Worth)
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76116 (Fort Worth)
76117 Haltom City
76118 (Fort Worth)
76119 (Fort Worth)
76120 (Fort Worth)
76123 (Fort Worth)
76126 (Fort Worth)
76127  Naval Air Station-Jrb
76129 (Fort Worth)
76131 (Fort Worth)
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76134 (Fort Worth)
76135 (Fort Worth)
76137 (Fort Worth)
76140 (Fort Worth)
76148 (Fort Worth)
76155 (Fort Worth)
76164 (Fort Worth)
76177 (Fort Worth)
76179 (Fort Worth)
76180 North Richland Hills
76182 (North Richland Hills)
76201 Denton
76205 (Denton)
76207 (Denton)
76208 (Denton)
76209 (Denton)
76210 (Denton)
76225  Alvord
76226  Argyle
76227 Aubrey
76234 Decatur
76244 Keller
76247  Justin
76248 (Keller)
76249 Krum
76258 Pilot Point
76259  Ponder
76262 Roanoke
76266 Sanger
76426  Bridgeport
76431  Chico
76487 Poolville
76490 Whitt
76623  Avalon
76651 Italy
76670  Milford


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