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Old 09-05-2018, 10:46 AM   #31
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Yes you can buy enough shingles along with all the other gutters and accessory materials to DIY your roof from Home Depot or pretty much any local hardware store. The bigger chains such as HD and Lowes usually keep a stockpile in their yard or warehouse.

I would just call around to see if they have the materials you need in stock, if not then you will just have to place an order and they can usually deliver for pick-up at the store or have them deliver it to your house for an extra fee. But to answer your question yes you can buy roofing materials from just about any of the hardware chains like Lowes, Home Depot, Ace hardware. You can also rent tools that you might need such as nail guns and scaffolds.
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:19 PM   #32
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This is kinda new topic, not related to this thread. But I got error message when posting new thread, not sure if it is temporary website issue.
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Why Ice / Water shield cannot be installed on WHOLE roof?

Is it (attached) normal installation, or contractor tries to save money/time?

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Someone told me that no matter what kind of shingles, it typically lasts no more than 30 years, even if it states lifetime warranty.

Is it true? If actual lifespan is not that much different, why some people spend that much money on good quality shingles?
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You definitely should call a local roofing supply company. They will be most helpful to get your shingles where you want them.

Iím a DIYer and thatís what I did when I did my roof. Correction: I helped my brother in law do my roof : )

I had a gambrel Cape style roof and we had at least a few pallets of shingles and they were heavy. We were not ready for a rooftop delivery at the time so we lugged them up the ladder...ugh. It was 15 years ago. I think today Iíd call a roofer.

Definitely price out both options. You might be surprised.

Good luck and let us know.
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I did my whole house with shingles from HD. Lugged them all home in my Ford Escort hatchback, and up the ladder by myself. Hand-nailed them all in. It actually wasn't as bad as it sounds, but it did take a lot longer than hiring a crew to come in and do it all in a day. I was a lot younger, too.

When it came time to re-shingle a large section, I hired the job out. They got a slightly better rate on the shingles than I could, which helped defray part of the labor cost.

Totally off topic: Why is everything in construction singular? We order two ton of shingle. When someone asks the guy who delivered them what he does, he "drives truck" for a living. Are we all too busy to say tons, shingles or trucks?


Alright Captain, Iíll give the plural a try...itís not just construction. So I now work in Information Technologies and Iím a Projects Manager
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Alright Captain, Iíll give the plural a try...itís not just construction. So I now work in Information Technologies and Iím a Projects Manager
LOL, let's not take things too far. Technology, the field, is singular. So is Project Manager. Systems Programmer, however, uses the plural. I'm too lazy to look up exactly why. Plus, I don't think they even have that job any more.

I have a lot of respect for IT PM's. I've seen that job up close, and would not want it. I'm just not a "people person" I guess.
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Look for A B C roofing Supply in Virginia & D.C. they have many supply houses in your area.
Sounds like you want to purchase the materials than find a contractor to install the shingles & other materials as required. If this is your intent you will no get a good final produce nor will you get a good warranty.
ABC does not sell items to individual resident. Home Depot does not sell Landmark (I heard landmark is better than Timberline), only Sovereign and Timberline are sold in my local store, but they did tell me I can place special order for landmark, which will take a few weeks. Too bad...
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Someone told me that no matter what kind of shingles, it typically lasts no more than 30 years, even if it states lifetime warranty.

Is it true? If actual lifespan is not that much different, why some people spend that much money on good quality shingles?
Sadly, this is true. The 50yr or "lifetime" warranty is 1. prorated and 2. bull****. The manufacturer is counting on the house passing to a new owner before the time limit. Edit; And talk to Lowe's, they carry a different manufacturer.

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On the other side of the equation, I can assure you that the cheap shingles with the lowest "warranty" WILL fail within the stated time frame.

Just like tires, the higher warranty number will get you a better product, but probably not the advertised number of years (or miles.)
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There was a post in the forum recently. He explained about the lower quality of asphalt used in the roofing material these days. It's not a conspiracy, btw. One reason why they started adding rubber. I think I've seen rubber modified shingles as well, which would have longer life. Asphalt is mix of solids and oil, not too different from paint. You wouldn't expect paint to last forever.
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The sad and sorry truth regarding the change to lifetime instead of years according to my roofer.


The shingle makers were losing too much business to the metal roof guys. and as a friend he pretty much said what roofermann said above.
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