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Can you roof over existing shingles in Florida?

ByDonald Marshall

Sep 23, 2022

Your Florida home experiences a lot of changes due to hurricanes, high heat, and humidity at night.

The roof is the only structure that will protect your home and your largest investment. The roof is what protects your home and most importantly, your biggest investment!

You might wonder if reshingling your roof over old shingles is a cost-saving option when your roof is in dire need of repair.

It is possible to re-shingle the roof over old roof shingles. However, it is not allowed in certain situations.

We see many roofs that people ignore the building codes and state laws and “over-roof” their homes.

This is a costly error for many reasons.

It is always best to adhere to the building code rules and regulations regarding shingling over an existing roof.

Florida’s No-No for shingling a roof that is badly damaged is unacceptable

In Florida, you cannot apply shingles to a roof that is severely damaged.

After you have understood the many reasons, you will be able to see why homeowners who do this are punished by their localities.

These reasons include:

  • New roofing materials will cause water damage to the roof and attic. Rot and mold damage the support structure beneath the new shingles.
  • You can get more water damage from blisters and holes in your home.
  • Your roof may be buckling from too many layers of roofing material, rendering your home unsafe or uninhabitable.

These safety concerns prevent roofing companies such as ours from over-shingling your home.

In Florida, you cannot apply shingles to a roof that is severely damaged. After you have understood the many reasons, you will be able to see why homeowners who do this are punished by their localities.

Additional situations were adding another layer of Shingles is prohibited in Florida

There are many other reasons why a roof needs to be removed, including safety and structural concerns.

These are the reasons for the type of roof that you have.

If you have a roof,

  • slate
  • Gravel
  • Asphalt mixed with asbestos is a common combination for roofs that are extremely old and should have had their roofs replaced long ago.
  • Rotting wood shingle
  • Terra cotta shingles have to all be removed.

These types of shingles are not suitable for new shingles. However, they can be used to create a roof that protects your home and is safe.

It is not always the best decision to choose the quickest, easiest and cheapest method to make large home repairs.

Old Time Roofing offers emergency roofing services in Florida. Call to learn more about our services. We are available 24 hours a day to help you with your roofing concerns.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Pinellas County roofing contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.