Here in Florida, our legislatures had a better idea
... In order to appease the homeowners insurance lobby and in an effort to reduce rates(which are skyhigh here because of the hurricane situation), new reroofing laws were placed into effect for this year. It used to be that you could just put a new roof on and were allowed to roof over one layer. Now they have added many additional requirements to the code which requires you to do specific things during a reroof job for homes built before 2002. Some of which are:
1. Requirement to seal all deck material butt joint
2. Requirement to fasten all decking down more securely
3. Require waterproof membrane layer over decking
(and now for the really bad ones...)
4. Tear off decking around perimeter and install special hurricane retraints fastening roof trusses to top plates.
5. Special gable end structural support.
Now, the legislature did consider the cost of applying #4 and #5 because they have limited the cost to the consumer for that portion to be no more than $15,000 (plus the regular reroofing cost of #1, #2 & #3).
So the bottom line is that a reroof job for a house that would have previously cost $12,000 will now cost over $30,000 causing a major financial crisis for most homeowners. I'm not sure how long or if this will stay in effect but in the meantime I predict a big surge in the roofing REPAIR business because roofing repairs are not covered by the new rules.
My question is: What new, innovative roofing repairs are available out there to extend the life of a homeowners roof?