When it comes to replacing their roofs, homeowners often have to choose between a roof-over and a traditional tear-off followed by the installation of new asphalt shingles. Both methods have advantages and disadvantages. The Construction Group in Woodbury, Minnesota, brings over thirty years of expertise to help you understand these options and choose the best solution for your home.

Roof-Over: Pros and Cons


  1. Cost-Effective:
    • Lower Labor Costs: Since the existing roof isn’t removed, labor costs are significantly reduced.
    • Fewer Materials: Less material is needed because the old roof is a base for the new shingles.
  2. Time-Saving:
    • Faster Installation: The process is quicker as it involves fewer steps, reducing the overall project time.
  3. Less Disruption:
    • Minimal Mess: There is less debris and disruption to your daily routine since there’s no need to tear off the old roof.


  1. Structural Considerations:
    • Additional Weight: Adding a new layer of shingles increases the roof’s weight, which might be too much for some older structures to handle.
  2. Hidden Problems:
    • Undetected Damage: Existing issues like leaks or rot can remain hidden and worsen over time, potentially leading to more significant problems.
  3. Reduced Lifespan:
    • Shorter Lifespan: A roof-over might not last as long as a new roof installed after a complete tear-off, as underlying issues can accelerate wear and tear.

Traditional Tear-Off: Pros and Cons


  1. Thorough Inspection:
    • Identify and Repair Damage: Removing the old roof allows for a thorough inspection of the roof deck and timely repairs of any underlying issues such as rot, leaks, or structural damage.
  2. Enhanced Durability:
    • Longer Lifespan: Installing new shingles on a properly prepared surface ensures better adhesion and longevity of the new roof.
  3. Improved Aesthetics:
    • Cleaner Look: A new roof without the bulk of an additional layer offers a cleaner and more streamlined appearance.


  1. Higher Costs:
    • Increased Labor and Material Costs: The process involves more labor and additional materials, making it more expensive upfront.
  2. More Time-Consuming:
    • Longer Installation Time: The tear-off process adds time to the project, meaning it takes longer.
  3. Greater Disruption:
    • More Mess and Noise: Tearing off the old roof generates debris and noise, causing more disruption to your daily life.

Choosing the Right Option with The Construction Group

At The Construction Group, we are dedicated to helping you make the best decision for your home. Our professionals will evaluate your roof’s condition and provide expert recommendations tailored to your needs. Here’s why partnering with us ensures a successful roofing project:

  • Expertise and Experience: With over three decades in the industry, our team has the knowledge and skills to handle both roof-over and traditional tear-off installations with precision.
  • Quality Assurance: We conduct thorough product research and meticulous evaluations to ensure we use the best materials and techniques for your roofing project.
  • Customer-Centric Approach: We prioritize your needs and keep you well-informed throughout the project to minimize disruption and ensure a smooth progression from start to finish.

Our ultimate goal is to complete your project to the highest standards and foster a lasting relationship with you. Trust The Construction Group for your roofing needs and experience working with true professionals. Contact us at 651-731-5857 to begin your home transformation journey today.