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Greetings.. I have a low slope roof in Florida that needs replacing..

my 1st estimate made me want to be a roofer.. at least once in my life..

the cost is so high that i am going to invest my time and effort instead now..


What materials can i use that will be the most durable and heat reflective?

It originally had a white pebble roof, but now has dark shingles that are

flying off at an increasing rate, and I have read these hold alot of heat..


also any resources for roofing procedures someone could direct me to

would be great... thanks all in advance



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Going to need a whole lot more info and some pictures.
What's the pitch of the roof.
What's under the shingles.
What type shingles do you have now?
What type of venting do you have on the roof?
What style roof is it.
I just can not imagine dark shingles being a good thing in FL.
If there just 3, tab shingles they where short term, and cheap to begin with. Only time I use them any more is if I'm flipping a house. No way would I have used them in a hurricane prone area!
 
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@ joecaption

ok sir.. sorry i don't have all that info as yet.. i will get it and will be looking forward
to hear your reply... I'm new to this all the way around.. I just started my research today on the web and by joining here.. if you dont mind keep an eye out for
a reply. or allow me to pm with the details in case you dont stop back by this thread

thanks
 

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What part of FL are you in?

I was in a similar position back in the 90's when I lived in Gainesville. I saved a ton of money by just ordering the dumpster, and all the materials myself and just subing out the work to a word-of-mouth contractor.

I was planning to strip the old roof off myself, but my installer (at the last minute) gave me a dirt cheap price to pull off the old shingles.

Besides ordering the materials, the only work I did myself was repairing some moisture damaged wood on the eves.

It whas a while ago, but I think I beat my best estimate by ~50%.

**And I am pretty sure Home Depot or Lowes can help you figure out what materials to order with some dimensions and a few pictures.
 

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Welcome to anytime.
First you need to get some more quotes.
A lot to redoing a roof and knowing what your looking at once it's stripped.
I'm in the middle of redoing my own roofs.
38 total squares. Someone quoted us $14,000 not including the materials.
I measured all the roofs and added 10% and came up with $4,000 in materials.
It's back breaking work and timing is everything. As hot as it is in your area I'd wait.
DO NOT JUST GO OVER THE OLD SHINGLES!!!
Strip them down to the old sheathing. replace what rotten.
On my own house I knew there was trouble. The roof has all wavy. They had used reject 1/2 sheathing. There was an X across the grade mark.
There was no H clips used between the trusses.
There was no expansion gap between the sheets, the tar paper was started at the top and ran down to the bottom.
They had nailed the step flashing right where it makes the 90 deg. bend.
And all this was done by a "pro" builder.
Need to come up with a way to get rid of the old shingles.
Need to find a week with no rain so it can be stripped and reroofed with out water getting on the tar paper.
Need to set it up so as soon as it's stripped and recover you can call for roof top delivery.
Each bundle weighs 75 LB. gets old real quick going up and down a ladder.
 

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What part of FL are you in? Jax

thanks for the tips.. this will really help me assess the options out there..

I may end up doing something similar to yourself.. at least I would probably have to

hire someone to help to get it done in a timely manner, not opposed to doing that,

just the estimate was outrageous, I could work 3 months or more at my own job

to pay someone else to do it all !!
 

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@ joecaption.. DO NOT JUST GO OVER THE OLD SHINGLES!!!

I feel ya.. I got a $10,000 estimate..and the guy told me that is EXACTLY what they
would do..!!! Go over the old ratty shingles... I can't believe they get away
with even saying that to anyone..and they say it with dignity and aplomb...

sickening !!!

Yes.. i knew i would want to strip the whole roof.. do it right..and do it to LAST

thanks again... I will be at my residence next week and will have some photos

and details , and very interested to hear your suggestions...

gracias..
 

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My estimate was $14,000 and I had to pay for the materials.
The materials were only about $4000.00 or less.
Saved enough money by doing it myself to take three vacations by the end of the year and then some.
 
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