Frequently Asked Questions about Shingles

A new roof is a significant investment. Learning about shingle options can help you ensure that you get a result that makes you happy. A few of the most common questions our customers ask:

How do I know I need a new roof?

Your roof should be inspected twice a year to look for damage to roofing shingles, deteriorated flashing or other signs that the roof is degrading. Without inspections, homeowners may not learn that their roof is damaged until they experience leaks into the home.

Can I install new shingles myself?

Proper installation is critical to your roof’s appearance, performance and durability. You should always trust the job to qualified roofing contractors.

How do I choose the right roofing contractors?

It makes sense to get quotes from a number of contractors. The right ones for the job will be the ones who provide references, can demonstrate that they are properly insured and licensed and who can show you examples of previous work.

Does the old roof have to be taken off for a new one to be put on?

In some cases, people try to save money on their roofing installation by putting a second set of shingles over the old one. In most cases, it is not advisable to have more than two layers of roof. Depending on the weight of the shingle style, only one layer may be used safely.

How long do shingles last?

The life of your shingles often depends on the type used. Modified asphalt shingles last around 20 years. Tile roofs can last as long as 50 years. A wood shake roof may last around 30 years. The life of your roof depends on the weather, the quality of the installation and maintenance after it is installed.

Can new shingles be installed in the winter?

If you are worried about the state of your roof, do not wait to have it inspected or replaced. Cold weather does not prevent the installation of new shingles. As long as the skies are clear, an installation job can continue.

Does it matter what kind of shingles go on my roof?

There is no one right shingle material or style for every roof. Those with a steep pitch can use different shingles from those with low slopes.

Why does my roof have two different warranties?

Both the shingles themselves and the labor to put them on have warranties attached to them. For instance, Aspen Exterior Company offers a 10-year warranty on all labor that is separate from any warranty from the shingle manufacturer.

Can I look at shingle styles before I select one?

Aspen Exterior Company has examples of materials in our showroom so that you can visualize the final project.


Don’t see an answer to your shingle and roofing question? Get in touch. We are highly skilled and experienced roofing contractors and we would be happy to discuss your roofing options.