what you need to know about replacing your roof

what you need to know about replacing your roof

Shingle Roof Repair

by Vanessa Lord

Shingles are totally unimportant, right up until the rain starts to pour through the roof onto the furniture and the floor. Then shingles become the most important items in a homeowner's life. Finding an expert in shingle roof repair is essential to the structural integrity of the home and the mental health of the homeowner.


Shingles vary in construction and price, but the following are the basic types:

  • Asphalt: Asphalt shingles are the most common shingle used and offer several benefits. They are less expensive than other types; they meet high energy saving standards; and they last 20 - 30 years.

  • Wood: These shingles are for people who are more worried about style than cost.  They also have an excellent life span.  Cedar and redwood shingles can last for 30 - 50 years.

  • Tile: This type is the most expensive shingle and is most often found on Spanish or Mediterranean style homes.


Many homeowners can replace a missing shingle or two with help from a DIY site, but for bigger jobs, non-experts need some help. However, both amateurs and professionals require the same basic tools, which may include:

  • Roofing shovel - tears off old shingles

  • Pry bars - removes old roofing nails

  • Framing square - lines up shingle cuts

  • Caulking gun - holds sealant

  • Power nailer - rapidly nails in new shingles

Many businesses offering roofing services have even more sophisticated tools, which are required on more difficult jobs.  Tile and wood shingles, in particular, require a higher level of skill to install. Plus, the materials are more expensive, so an unskilled attempt at shingling the roof could be an expensive redo for the homeowner.


The average cost to roof a home runs between 11,000 and 17,000 dollars.  Prices vary widely according to the size of the home, how many stories it has, and what type of shingle is used.  A small, one story home with asphalt shingles will cost substantially under the national average.  Having someone shingle a home is a costly investment, but one that protects the home and helps to save energy.

Shingle roof repair is a necessary part of routine home maintenance.  Storms or just time can cause a few shingles to need replacement, but no roof lasts forever.  At some point, the entire roof will need to be redone.  Finding a qualified professional to do the job makes the most financial sense for the conscientious homeowner. Contact Homestead Roofing Co for more information.


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what you need to know about replacing your roof

Are you waiting for your roof to be replaced so that you can change the appearance of your home? If so, you are probably spending some time doing research about the different options in roofing that you have. Do you want to go with standard asphalt shingles, dimensional shingles, metal roofing or something else? What type of roofing will last the longest while looking great? Will one type of roofing increase the value of your home more than another? Read through my site to find the answers to many of the questions that you have about replacing the roof on your home.