There are many considerations to make when choosing to replace the roof on your home. When multiple roofing contractors are pitching you their various project recommendations or options, it can all seem overwhelming. Combine this with the fact that reroofing is usually one of the most expensive options for replacing your roof, is there a situation that it ever makes sense?


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At Sundown Exteriors, we take great pride in providing an unmatched level of customer service in the Bloomington-Normal market. While most companies say they provide great customer service and that’s what sets them apart, we truly go out of our way to provide unique solutions, consistent communication, and set accurate expectations for each project we do. You will certainly see evidence of how we treat our customers in our testimonials across the web.


When you are trying to decide who the right roofer is for your home, there is lots of uncertainty and doubt that creeps in during the process. We will come alongside you during the decision making process and provide as much information as you need to be comfortable when making the decision. We do not oversell our services nor do we pressure you to sign on the dotted line. It is important that our customers trust us from the beginning that we truly have their best interests in mind.


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Reroofing vs. Recovering Your Roof

Lots of terms that sound similar will be thrown around when discussing the options for replacing your roof. Recovering & Reroofing are two of the most common that your roofing contractor will almost surely suggest. While they may sound similar, there are a few important variables to weigh in your unique situation that a good roofing contractor will help you through the decision making process.


Recovering a roof is when a roofer simply installs new shingles over the old shingles, rather than tearing the old ones off. This is okay to do in many cases when there is only one layer of shingles currently on the house. The new nails used will still be long enough to go through the old layer of shingles and still protect the house of rainfall coming in. While this process is certainly less expensive as you will save money on the tear-off & removal costs and it takes less time to complete, there are cons to consider when applying recovering your roof. Underlying damage to boards & shingles won’t be found if not properly checked. Additionally, multi-layer roofs hold more moisture & heat, possibly increasing the need to improve ventilation throughout your home and increased attic insulation for enhanced performance.


Completely Reroofing your home is often a better option if you have the budget and plan on living in the home for more than a few years. While it is more expensive than recovering your roof, reroofing ensures that problems in old shingles & plywood will be removed and fixed before applying the new roof. Reroofing also typically will come with a warranty from the shingle manufacturers if installed by a trusted installer. Sundown Exteriors is certified as a GAF MasterElite Shingle Installer and we provide multiple warranty options from GAF for the long-term care of your roof. Reroofing will also allow your roof to last much longer than recovering would.


If you are trying to decide which option works best for you, call our office and a member of our team will be glad to help walk you through the options that make sense for you.


Cost to Re-Roof a House

As stated above, reroofing your home is certainly more expensive than recovering it would be. In some cases, recovering makes more sense if you are trying to save money in the short term or preparing to sell your home. If you’ve just bought a home that needs a new roof or plan on living in your home for the foreseeable future, investing in reroofing probably makes more sense as it will last longer and ultimately save money in the long run.


Each roof & situation are completely unique and require a member of our team to come to your home before we would be able to provide an accurate quote. If you are curious what a new roof would cost, have Zack or another member of our team come out and give you a quote!



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Had a new roof and gutter guards on home and garage replaced 2 months ago. Very professional service and presentation. Contract presented along with license and insurance information along with paperwork showing carried workman's comp on employees. All work done within promised time frame. Perfectionism noted on completion of job and cleanup perfect. Employees very respectful and hard workers. Would recommend them and would use them again in the future if needed. Good job, thank you!

- Marie M.


We were very pleased with the overall job of Matt and his crew the day we got our new roof. Great work guys! Zack is a very good salesman and did a good job explaining everything to us. Thanks to all of you!

- Brenda C – Barnes, IL


Great job. What a good-looking roof. Zack and his crew were fine to deal with — courteous, hardworking, attention to detail. We had a leak problem and were scheduled quickly. Zack even came a few days before and did a temporary fix because of a threat of rain. Very competitive price with a good, thorough final clean-up and an inspection with the owner before the final payment is made. Good group to do business with. Thank you!

- Jerry & Helene B.


Excellent work for far less money than other estimates.

- Staci H. – Mason City, IL