Roof Replacement Guide and Price Calculator

This guide will help homeowners with common questions regarding roof replacements. When getting a roof replacement, there are several choices to consider.  This section teaches the basic advantages and disadvantages of some popular roofing choices.

Shingle Choices

One of the major factors when considering a roof is the difference in shingles.  Some of the popular shingle choices are evaluated and compared here.  There are a few other types of shingles aside from the three listed, but these are the most common.  Some of the other types are triple laminate shingles that are warranted against hail, and solar reflective shingles that are energy saving.  Because they are less common we chose to give overviews of the more popular choices.


Three tab shingles are the least expensive shingle style and are offered in a 20 year and 25 year life expectancy. They are rated for 60 mph wind.


  • Less expensive
  • Easily Repaired


  • Susceptible to wind damage
  • Susceptible to hail damage
  • Not as visually appealing
  • Shorter lifespan


Architectural are a common choice among homeowners. They are offered in a 30 year, 40 year,  and 50 year life expectancy. 130 mph wind rating.


  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Wind resistant
  • More resistant to hail
  • Longer Lifespan


  • Slightly more expensive


Designer shingles are offered in several styles and have a lifetime pro-rated warranty. 130mph wind rating


  • Very visually attractive
  • Long lifespan
  • hail resistant
  • wind resistant


  • Very expensive
  • Special order only and non returnable

Other Roof Installation Options

Tear Off Vs Layover

Some people choose to save money and nail the shingles directly on top of another layer of roof. By doing this you do not get the option to see and replace any rotted wood and also the layover roofs are more likely to leak in the future. We do not recommend this and tear off our roofs before installing new shingles.

Ridge Vent

Another option when installing a new roof is the attic ventilation.  Many new homes have ridge vent already installed and when that is the case, we recommend replacing it with new ridge vent.  Older homes often times do not have ridge vent but have gable style vents in the peaks of their gables, or they have roof mounted vents such as turbine or power attic vents. We only recommend adding ridge vent if the home is set up for it because it can actually be counterproductive if installed on a home that already has another ventilation type.


There are more than one type of underlayment offered which goes under your shingles as a padding and an extra layer of protection from leaking. Felt paper which is a heavy paper soaked in tar is the traditional type of underlayment and has been used for a very long time. Felt usually works very well and this is the type we recommend. The other option is synthetic underlayment. This is a plastic sheet style and has come around in recent years.  We install this type at the homeowner’s request but it has not been around long enough to know how it really functions over time.