Should Old Shingles Be Removed Before Adding a Metal Roof?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 by Michael Fortenberry

Whenever homeowners replace their old asphalt shingle roof with a new one, they often have the old roof torn off before the new asphalt shingles are installed. This is a good practice to keep up with, as laying the new shingles over the old one can void its warranty and shorten its lifespan at the same time. However, when installing a metal roof on your home, you may be surprised to learn that you should leave the old shingles be and that it’s actually beneficial to leave them in place before installing the new roof.

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In this article, residential roofing company Fortenberry Roofing discusses the benefits of leaving your old asphalt shingles in place when installing your metal roof.

Significant Savings

As stated before, when you’re installing a new asphalt roof in your home, you need to have the old asphalt shingles removed first to prevent early deterioration. Unfortunately, this can cost homeowners a significant amount in the process. By installing your metal roof over your old asphalt shingles, meanwhile, you can eliminate this process and save a significant amount on labor costs as a result.

Protects Your Home During Installation

Despite being known for its agreeable weather, the spring season can bring some unexpected storms with it. If it so happens that your old roof has been torn off and your contractors are caught in the rain in the middle of the replacement process, this can cause some moisture damage around your home. By having your residential roofing contractor leave the old shingles in place as they install your metal roof, you can easily protect your home from such an occurrence.


On the other hand, if you’re the environmentally conscious kind of homeowner, you’ll be pleased to learn that leaving your old shingles in place when installing your metal roof is an eco-friendly move on your part, as you’ll be helping lessen the amount of waste that goes in a landfill.

Planning to install a metal roof in your home soon? Don’t hesitate to turn to Fortenberry Roofing, your number one service provider when it comes to your roof replacement and commercial roofing needs. Give us a call at 1-844-701-0599 or fill out our contact form to get a free quote. We serve homeowners in Littlefield, Hereford, and other nearby areas in TX.

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