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Roof Replacement: How much does a roof cost

How much does a roof cost?

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One of the first questions on many homeowner’s minds is how much does a roof cost. The answer is it depends. It depends on the complexity of the job, how many existing layers you have on your roof, how steep your roof is, what kind of roof you have, and what is required by not only building code law, but manufacturer guidelines to ensure a proper warranty on your roofing job.

The price of crude oil is going up, up up!

One thing to keep in mind today, and you realize this every time you pay at the pump, the cost of crude oil is going up! Crude oil is used in the construction of asphalt shingles. The prices this year alone, have driven the material costs up, and we are due for another price increase here in the upcoming months. It is no longer the 1980s when you could fill up your tank for $1.25. So, naturally some people are shocked when they first see a quote for a new roof, when the last time you replaced the roof it was significantly cheaper to do so.

Shingles are lasting longer today!

On the flip side, today’s replacement cycle for new roofs, is getting longer. The new architectural shingles are built to last much longer than the shingles that you put on your house 25 years ago. Additionally, you have two forms of protection on a new roof today. When installed by a licensed contractor and when installed to manufacturer specifications, such as those of Owen’s Corning then you have the a manufacturer’s warranty to protect your investment. Your roof is also protected by your insurance policy, and a new roof is also backed by the installer for a number of years as required by state law.

So how much am I paying for a roof replacement?

Unfortunately, if you came here looking for a ballpark price, I cannot give you one. However, a qualified roofing contractor would be happy to set up an appointment with you and give you a free estimate on the replacement costs for your particular roofing application.

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Hail Damage: Roofing In Indianapolis

Hail Damage: Roofing in Indianapolis - New Roof Installation

Issue with hail damage on roof: Insurance claim.

For this home, hail damage was a huge problem. Our team of specialist - that tackle roofing in Indianapolis - rose to the challenge. Our roofers took care of this insurance claim.

On this roof in Indianapolis, you can see below clear indicators of hail damage. The hail damage here is easily apparent. However, it is not always this easy to spot. If not for the gaping hole in the ceiling and the stain, this homeowner may not have even been aware they had hail damage. Some easy signs for us to point out hail damage.


  • 1 - Hail Dings on Box Vent on the roof. Easy to see upon a roof inspection
  • 2 - Granular loss on the asphalt shingle from hail strikes. This home in Indianapolis was riddled with them
  • 3 - Bad Roof leak that resulted in a huge hole in this customer's ceiling.
  • 4 - Stain on the ceiling from the roof leaking
  • 5 - Before picture of this Indianapolis home, before receiving a new roof from John Peters Roofing

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Our roofing company got on this claim right away, this home needed a new roof. We walked the customer through the products we offer and they selected Owens Corning's Driftwood Duration Shingle. This was an excellent choice of shingle for this home. On our first trip and initial inspection, we explained to the home owner what we saw and put a tarp on the roof to prevent any further water damage.

We scheduled them for a roof installation and got them back on their feet.

We recommended some repairs to the chimney, but that home owner was not interested at this time.


  • 1 - John Peters Roofing on the Scene
  • 2 - Finished home with new Shingle installed
  • 3 - Work Completed

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Hand Nailing Roof vs Machine Nailing a Roof

A Hotly Contested Debate: Roof Installation: Hand nailing Roof shingles vs machine nailing a roofRoofing Indianapolis - nailing - roof installation

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Ah, the never ending debate of man versus machine. It is practically a story as old as those classic science fiction movies that you see on TV.  Many customers ask us, which is better? However, the answer is, it depends. At the end of the day, the skill of the roof installer is what is most important.  Any roofing company that has had years of experience should have a skilled and a certified roof installation team.

Residential Roofing and Commercial Roofing Contractors have differing opinions on this matter! We have installed both!

In our experience, a properly calibrated nail gun delivers the most consistent results. Consider the fact the your roof is going to have anywhere from 7,000 to 9,000+ nails in it. John Peters, started this company over 40 years ago, and we used to hand nail our roofs. A little bit of food for thought, what do you think would be more consistent when you are talking about that many roofing nails?

For the installer, it is important to keep in mind the working conditions on a roof in the summer weather. Furthermore, when it is 80 degrees outside, and the sun is beating down on you, it is easy to get dehydrated, tired, and worn out. However, it is true, that with hand nailing, you can feel the nail hitting down into the decking to a certain extent. But, do you honestly believe that the results will be as consistent as a machine that has been calibrated to deliver a constant and consistent roofing pressure across every nail? In our expert opinion, it will not. That is not to say that hand nailing is bad, because it isn’t. All of it really comes back to the skill of the installer in question.

What else can be done?

Some shingles such as those provided by Owens Corning have some technologies available that improve the nailing surface. If you are really worried about it you can research those products on their website. John Peters Roofing is an Owens Corning Preferred contractor. Our company has the experience, products, and expertise to ensure your roof installation turns out with the highest quality workmanship and materials available. We are certain that you will be happy with the installers, as John Peters himself, is incredibly picky with his roof installers. For a free estimate give us a call at 317-786-3315 or drop us a line.



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Roofing System


In roofing, a new roof can add value to your home. Your roof acts as your first defense system against the weather and can make a significant difference in curb appeal. A roof is so much more than just the shingles you see. While the shingles provide the visual element, many components of a roof you do not see. Starting from the rafters in your attic, you then have decking, the wood under your roofing system. Decking must be in good shape for your roofing system to function properly. When a roofer checks your roof the decking should always be inspected to ensure that the wood is still in proper condition. It is also important to consider the ventilation in your roofing system, your attic must breath in order to deal with heat and moisture. Your system will have some form of intake vents (soffit vents in this area).

Next you have your underlayment options on your roof. All systems have some form of underlayment. Traditionally, underlayment was felt paper, but in more modern times it is recommended to use a synthetic underlayment. Also, products such as ice and water shield will be installed in necessary areas to protect your home.

Additionally, your roof has starter shingles, then the shingles you see, exhaust vents, and hip and ridge shingles. So keep these things in mind whenever you look at a roof.

If you are more of a visual person, we suggest you take a look at Owens Corning Diagram. It display a wonderful easy to understand representation of your roofing system. Customers should be informed when obtaining estimates from contractors. You should have knowledge of the products that are being installed on your roof, and the various elements that go into the job.

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Roofing Contractors in Indianapolis

Roofing Contractors in Indianapolis

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There are lots of roofing contractors in Indianapolis to choose from. The process of choosing a quality roofer in Indianapolis can be a bit overwhelming for anyone.

What should you look for when choosing a local roofing contractor, especially with so many roofing contractors in Indianapolis to choose from? A good place to start is to look for referrals. Contractors that have been in the area for a long time will have built an outstanding reputation for themselves and who better to ask then the people who have had experience with a great contractor?

Don’t know anybody, or care to research yourself? Turn to google, look up roofing contractors in Indianapolis and look at the company reviews. If the contractor has good reviews on Google, that speaks a lot. Additionally, you should make sure your roofing contractor is a registered member of the Better Business Bureau® Often times as consumers we don’t think to check the BBB® until we have an issue with a company and need to turn to someone for help.

Contractors associated with Home Advisor and Angie’s List that maintain good ratings and reviews are also a good bet. Don’t think of a roofer as just shingles on your roof, they install entire roofing systems, and the skill level of the installer is extremely important, perhaps more so then the products being used. However, using quality roofing products such as offered by Owens Corning is a good bet.

Hire a local roofing contractor

It is good to get to know your local roofing contractors before you need them. Out of state contractors and storm chasers are not going to be here for you if you have a problem with your roof down the line. Look for local roofing contractors in Indianapolis that have experience and have been around for a long time. An experienced company that has been around for many years is probably doing something right.

As a local Roofing Contractor in Indianapolis – John Peters Roofing can help you.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017

Central Indiana’s John Peters Roofing Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award®

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service


Indianapolis, Ind., March 21, 2018 –  John Peters Roofing is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award® (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List® in 2017.


“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award® have demonstrated the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided top-notch service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”


Angie’s List Super Service Award® 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List®, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List® operational guidelines.


“We’ve been serving Central Indiana families and businesses since 1976 with their roofing, guttering and siding needs,” says owner John Peters. “We love what we do, and I’m glad it shines through. I’m very proud of our team and their dedication to serving our customers. We take great pride in our work. We always have, and we always will.”


John Peters Roofing has been listed on Angie’s List® since 2001. This is the 5th consecutive year the John Peters Roofing team has received this honor.


Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List® as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.


For over two decades Angie’s List® has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List® provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.



About John Peters Roofing:

For over 40 years the Indianapolis area has trusted John Peters Roofing as a go-to roofing contractor for commercial and residential roof replacement and repair services. From Greenwood to Carmel and everywhere in between, our family-owned roofing company prides itself on expert roofing, gutter installation and siding services. For more information, visit: www.johnpetersroofing.com

For a Free Estimate calls us at 317-786-3315 or visit us at here.

John Peters Roofing – Office Relocation

Central Indiana’s Roofing Contractor John Peters Roofing Announces Office Relocation and Expansion


New Office Just Off U.S. 31 Near Greenwood, IN


Indianapolis, Ind., March 22, 2018 – Roofing Contractor John Peters Roofing announces a relocation of its Central Indiana offices to a new location that accommodates the company growth goals for the future. The new office is an anchor point at the corner of Shelby Street and U.S. 31. near Greenwood, Indiana.

John Peters, owner of John Peters Roofing, said, “We’ve been looking forward to this moving for some time now. The additional space and improved visibility will help us serve our clients better.”

Founded in 1976, John Peters Roofing began as a local roofing contractor but has since expanded to guttering, siding and other home remodel services.

“One of the reasons this moves is so important to our team, it that it allows us to be more central to all the communities we serve, from Greenwood all the way up to Hamilton County and the Carmel, Zionsville and Geist areas,” said Peters. “As a trusted roofing contractor, serving our clients is always foremost in our minds and location convenience matters. This new location is just inside Indianapolis and along one of the major central arteries. ”

Along with the move, John Peters Roofing is revamping their website and social media to help with ease of Central Indiana customers finding John Peters Roofing and their roofing, guttering and siding services.

John Peters Roofing’s new address is 7800 Shelby St #6, Indianapolis, IN 46227.

About John Peters Roofing:

For over 40 years the Indianapolis area has trusted John Peters Roofing as a go-to roofing contractor for commercial and residential roof replacement and repair services. From Greenwood to Carmel and everywhere in between, our family-owned roofing company prides itself on expert roofing, gutter installation and siding services. For more information, visit: www.johnpetersroofing.com




Roof Leak

Got a Headache from Trying to Repair Your Roof Leak?

Running for buckets to control the drip, drip, drip?

A stubborn roof leak can be a huge headache for a homeowner. Just when you think you’ve fixed the issue to repair your roof leak, it rears its ugly head again. Ugh! With spring’s arrival and rainy days common, roof leaks turn up more and more for homeowners during March through May.

Typically water comes in through worn, broken or missing shingles. It could come in through popped nails, corroded or poorly sealed roof flashing, around vents, skylights and chimneys, at intersections of roof planes or through nature or animal damage to your roof.

In order to locate the leak, you have to think like water. Most often the leak doesn’t originate where it actually shows up. When water passes through roofing it flows along the rafters, sheathing and topside of ceilings until it finds a place to drip down.

Visual Roof Leak Inspection

During daylight hours go on a hunt for the source of the leak. Taking a flashlight with you, go into your attic and walk along firm beams (not insulation or direct on ceiling) and look for the place where the drip appeared and then work your way up your roof looking for wetness. You may also notice water marks and discoloration as you hunt the source. Once you feel like you may have found the source, turn off your flashlight and look for daylight through the roof.

John Peters Roofing Safety Tips

  • Never go onto a steeply pitched roof, leave it to the professionals with proper equipment.
  • Never step on a plastic tarp on a roof, especially a wet plastic tarp.
  • Never to onto your roof during a storm.
  • It’s better to wait for dry weather to go on a leak hunt in your attic and follow the water damage to the spot where you see daylight through the roofing materials.

For DIY help on fixing your roof leak, This Old House is a great online resource with step by step directions on what a homeowner should do to attempt to patch a roof leak on their own.

We’ll Fix Your Leaky Roof in the Indianapolis Area

Working on top of your roof can be dangerous and difficult. Plus not having the necessary experience can cause a learning curve and be frustrating. The John Peters Roofing team of experienced residential roofing contractors serving the Indianapolis area, from Greenwood to Carmel and everywhere in between, can help. We provide free estimates for roofing repairs and roof replacement. We even provide assistance for emergency roof leak issues. Just give us a call. With over 40 years of experience in Central Indiana, we’re the trusted roofing specialist that can make that roofing leak headache disappear!