Can A Recoat Put Off Needing A Residential Roofing Repair?

Does your roof need a repair and you want to put it off? Have you heard that having a recoat will work just as well? The most important factor for residential and commercial property is a roof’s structural integrity. If it is leaking, it’s an indicator that there may be additional roofing issues. If you are considering a recoat over a residential roofing repair or replacement, here are the critical factors to consider before making that decision.

What Is A Residential Roofing Recoat?

A residential roofing recoat is the application of a new protective surface layering that is fire and water resistant. Before making this decision, you need to ensure there is no underlying damage such as structural damage, warped ceilings, water damage, or mold growth.

  • Having a recoating is the most viable option after roof replacement, so ask for a recoating as a maintenance measure.
  • Recoating is an economical option. It is a short-term solution, but it won’t put off roof replacements long-term.
  • It has an easy application process but it does require residential roofing groundwork and preparation by technicians.
  • It is applied to most roofing systems, so there won’t be any unusual materials applied to your roofing system.
  • It does not fix any underlying structural issues, so all residential roofing systems need to be evaluated before recoatings.

When To Have A Residential Roofing Replacement?

While a recoating is an affordable option, there are times when it doesn’t make economic sense. You’ll likely waste your money because of underlying roof structural issues that will only worsen in time. Here is when we recommend a roofing replacement to our customers.

  • If your roof is aging out.
  • If you see wildlife in the attic.
  • If you notice water stains or mold in the attic.
  • If you experience standing water or ice dams.
  • If you have damaged, curling, or missing shingles.
  • If your roof has weather-related damage to the flashing.

While a residential roof replacement is more costly in the short-term, it is often the more affordable option long-term since you avoid the damage from leaks, animals, or the elements. Your home will also run more efficiently as you won’t lose heat and air through the attic. A new roof will also protect your home from any structural damage, and you’ll have about two decades before you need a new one. More importantly, new roofs are also eco-friendly, so you can add a coating that makes your home energy-efficient and safe from fire.

What Is The Best Option For Homeowners?

There is no perfect solution for homeowners. If your roof is just a few years old, it may be a better solution to get a repair and have it recoated. If your roof is old, you’ll actually save money by having a replacement. It’s all about what is best for you as the homeowner.

It is important to perform a thorough inspection before we give you all the viable options. We always recommend what is best for a customer based on the current condition of a roof. If a recoating works, we will give you that option during our final recommendations.

To learn more about residential roofing recoating and replacements from North Shore Roofing, call us at (978) 977-3816. You can also visit our Facebook page at to find out about the benefits of having a recoating, repair, or replacement.