Many of us have the idea that the outside maintenance of our homes is over our heads. We think that things like siding and roofing can only be done by professionals. While there is a need for professionals to do these things, many of us that are able bodied CAN do this ourselves. There are many resources for building a knowledge base for many home improvement projects that need to be done on your house. For example, the shingles that we were using to put a new roof on a friends garage were manufactured by GAF Materials Corporation(R). They have a great video reference for roofing yourself on your own home. http://www.gaf.com/How-To-Video-Library/How-To-Videos-DIY.asp
One thing to remember though is that the warranty is different for the types of shingles that each company offers. As the quality of shingles goes up, they require certified installers for the installation.
Some other things to consider:
- How to dispose of the trash; renting a dumpster
- Will the lumber yard deliver the shingles? on the rooftop?
- What type of shingle to pick out
- Can I get enough friends to help?
- Will they still be friends afterwards?
These are all good questions that you need to answer before starting your project. As I have said, make sure to research completely any projects that you are unfamiliar with and make sure it is something you can handle from the beginning to the end.