Roof Replacement VS Roof Restoration

No one likes to think that their roof needs to be replaced, but you don’t have to? If your roof is in perfect condition and you have been doing regular maintenance to fix minor problems, your roof needs restoration.

What is roof restoration?

We all know what roof replacement is; it is merely removing the roofing material and replacing it with a new one. Restoration is different, however. During the restoration process, your roofing material remains in place. Minor issues are repaired, and your roof is resurfaced to help prolong its lifespan. This is far less expensive and invasive than a complete replacement.

When to restore and when to replace

Roof restoration may seem like a lovely idea, especially for homeowners who don’t have the budget for a total roof replacement. Unfortunately, restoration is not applicable for every roof. It can only be carried out on most metal and asphalt roofs, but only if they first meet specific criteria.


To determine if your roof is perfect for restoration, a comprehensive inspection need to be done. There should also be some documentation showing the yearly roof maintenance, and the last investigation cannot be done more than six months from the time of the restoration.

The roof has to be in good condition, with no decay or moisture and with any leaks already dealt with, like replacing cracked or missing shingles and damaged flushing. A core sample of the insulation and the deck will also be needed to determine their condition. There cannot be moisture in this area for a proper roof restoration to take place.

Roofs that are ideal for restoration may already be having two or three layers of roofing material in place because replacing or stripping can be far more costly than removing one layer or layering one or two sets of shingles on top of each other. Since roof restorations add extra weight to the roof, they can be performed without stripping the shingles, while a replacement of a roof with two layers requires both to be removed first.


Roofs that cannot be restored needs to undergo replacements. This means either stripping off all the shingles from the ceiling before replacing the shingles themselves, or it may be layering on a new set of shingles on top of the first. Any roof that has had multiple leaks, decay or moisture found on the deck or the insulation beneath your roof will need to undergo a complete replacement rather than restoration.

Making the right choice

To establish the right choice between the two roofing types, you have to seek for a thorough inspection by a company that can carry out the replacement or the restoration process. This involves testing as well as establishing the overall condition of the roof itself.

If the roof is in good condition, but they are nearing the end of their lifespan, restoration can be an excellent way to save both money and help increase your roof’s lifespan.