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"I want my asphalt shingle roof replaced"

My current asphalt shingle roof is just over 18 years old and I think the Louisiana weather has worn it down as there is a lot of cupping and broken shingles. I'd like to consider replacing it with a architectural shingles.

wanted by: meggers (47) in New Orleans, LA 70117 +
updated on: Oct. 9, 2012, 11 p.m. (4 years, 10 months ago)
posted on: Jan. 21, 2011, 4:55 p.m. (6 years, 7 months ago)
tags: exterior home roofing shingles
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Asphalt Shingle Roofs: My Advice and Tips

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Well, my first bit of advice for homeowners who come to me asking for a new asphalt roof is "are you sure you need one"? Many times, it just needs to be cleaned.

From your description, however, I'd actually say that you do need your roof replaced since cupping and broken shingles is a common sign that your asphalt roof is nearing the end of it's useful lifespan. Asphalt roofing usually lasts around 20 years, but depending on the climate, amount of direct sun, shade and precipitation, 18 years is not an unheard of lifespan.

In your case, however, it sounds like you need a new asphalt shingle roof installed. If you only have a single layer of shingles currently on your roof, you may have the option of laying a new asphalt roof over the top of your old one. If any of the subroofing is damaged and needs to be replaced, this will be less likely. Once again, this will vary based on the area of the country you are in and any local building requirements that apply. You can expect that your local roofing contractors will be familiar with these local ordinances.

Otherwise, you will need to have the current asphalt shingles stripped off and a new roof installed. As you can guess, this isn't a do-it-yourself endeavor, especially with more complex roof shapes.

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Replacing an Asphalt Shingle Roof

When it comes to home roofing, there are many options to choose from. If you are replacing an existing asphalt shingle roof, you can choose new asphalt shingles, architectural (also called laminated) shingles, wood shakes, wood shingles, concrete shingles or slate shingles. Oftentimes your home style will determine what types of shingles you can choose. It usually doesn't make sense to put a slate roof on a low-slung ranch house. A qualified local roofing professional can help you select the right shingle type and give you a free estimate of how much installation will cost.

Different shingles will have different costs and benefits. Slate shingles can last over 100 years but are expensive, more difficult to work with and three times heavier than asphalt, often requiring that the underlying roofing structure be reinforced. Wood shakes can last up to 30 years, but only fit in with certain home styles. The most popular type of roofing material is the three-tab asphalt shingle, which last around 20 years, is easy to install, comes in a variety of colors and fits almost any home style. A variation of the standard asphalt shingle is the architectural shingle, which has a more interesting, three-dimensional appearance.

If you are the adventurous type, The Family Handyman site has a "quick, comprehensive explanation of how to shingle a roof". Given the heights you must climb, the cost of the materials if you mess up and the potential bind you can get yourself into with tricky roof shapes, we recommend you leave this job to the professionals.

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