Buying a home with an Ugly Roof


I’m new to this site, but it seems you guys might be able to help me out. I am in the process of buying a house with new roof. The previous owners chose the worst shingle color and I’m trying to figure out how I can fix it for the lower cost. It’s a red brick home and they chose a clashing red shingle. I would love to not have to paint the brick so that they upkeep stays low with unpainted brick. If I chose to just replace the shingles and not the felt underneath would that be ok? The felt should be just fine since the roof is less than 3 years old but I don’t know much about this process.

Appreciate any input!

Hi Carrie,
If you are going to replace the shingles, you must replace the underlayment. It is now going to be full of holes. The cost is minimal if you are replacing the roof already. You are going to want to make sure that you are eligible for any manufacturer’s warranty.


We usually replace all the underlayment
Because we are being forced by the government to re-nail All the decking.

But if the decking doesnt have to be renailed
And there is no leaks to replace wood…
Then we wouldnt remove the underlayment
And we install new underlayment on top.

Replacing the entire roof will cost you fortune. I think painting will be a better option.

What type of paint do you suggest using when painting shingles?

if its aloud in your area. Cant believe im saying this but roof over. There i said it. add a second layer.

You’ve probably moved on this since your post is almost a year old but if you haven’t DONT DO A ROOF OVER. It is a terrible detail, especially since you probably have architectural shingles with varying thicknesses. In past slow times with little work I have still refused to do overlays and lost jobs because of it. Just my personal/professional opinion and others may have valid reasons for disagreeing.