Do You Need a Permit to Replace or Reshingle a Roof?

by | Jul 27, 2022 | Roofing

Do you need a new roof? Or perhaps you need to replace a few shingles?

Whether your home has been hit by the weather or it’s just time to replace it, getting started is often the most difficult part of the process.

For starters, there’s the issue of permits, and more specifically, you may ask this question: “do I need a permit to do my roof?” Kentucky residents do not need a permit to replace or reshingle a roof, whether working with a team of professional roofing contractors or doing it yourself.

Although, if you’re not experienced, then we’d always suggest working with an experienced roofing contractor, such as the team at Jacob’s Ladder. Contact us today for help replacing your roof or if you’d like to fit new shingles.

If you’re looking for a roofing company in Nicholasville, Kentucky, then contact the team at Jacob’s Ladder today for a quote.

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The remainder of this blog post will discuss more on permits and further advice for either replacing or fitting new shingles to your roof.

Do I need a permit to do my roof?

As previously mentioned, you do not need a permit to either replace or reshingle a roof in Kentucky.

But this may differ between states – always check before getting out the ladders, or you could find yourself in trouble with the state.

And for those in Kentucky, you can either work on your roof yourself, or work with a professional roofing contractor to fit those new shingles. But you already know what we would suggest…

When should you replace your roof?

A standard roof typically lasts anywhere from 20-25 years.

Around this time, you may notice signs of general wear, including damaged shingles, discoloration, loose shingles, or even interior damage to the property.

In some cases, some shingles may also be missing. If this sounds like your roof, then fitting a new roof as soon as possible should be a top priority. Leaving this too long may result in further damages and a build-up of costs – tackle it immediately.

If you have a flat roof, it can be a little more difficult to spot signs of wear. But telltale signs to look out for include a slight sagging of the roof, cracks, puncture holes, and splits, especially on felt flat roofs.

Flat roofs usually last a little less time than shingles, spanning anywhere from 10-15 years (sometimes more).

When should you reshingle a roof?

You may not need to replace your whole roof. In fact, it’s more common to have a few shingles repaired, especially after severe weather damages.

For example, after a storm, if shingles become loose, these may need to be repaired or re-secured to ensure a safe and secure fit.

A loose or broken shingle is dangerous – it can blow off your roof and cause damage to cars, property, or even people. It’s not something you can sit around and “fix later.” Always get these fixed once it’s safe to do so.

Furthermore, loose shingles may create a draft, letting in gusts of wind through your roof and into your home. This can cause more shingles to become loose and also reduce the temperature of your home – not what you want during the colder months.

What if you’re unsure?

If you don’t know whether you need a new roof or just new shingles on some areas of your roof, then we’d recommend consulting a professional.

For example, at Jacob’s Ladder, we can assess the damage and provide you with a quote for the repairs.

If you only need a quick fix, we’ll tell you that – providing you with the best service in Kentucky.

For more help, check out our dedicated residential roofing page or contact us today.

Frequently asked questions

Below you will find a couple of frequently asked questions about permits for your roof.

Do I need a permit to do my roof in Kentucky?

You do not need a permit in Kentucky to replace your residential roof, whether you live in Nicholasville, Lancaster, or Lexington.

Do I need a permit to replace my roof myself?

If you choose to go it alone, you also do not need a permit. Although, if you don’t know what you’re doing, we’d recommend working with a team of professionals, such as Jacob’s Ladder.

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Andrea was Great and everyone else I talked with there. I got a new roof and the whole process was done professionally. They did a great job on the roof and cleaned up very well around the house. I would highly recommend Jacob’s Ladder.


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Very happy with the services, they did a great job with the roof, clean-up, and communications.


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We have some shingles blow off in the recent storm. Jacob's Ladder helped us out, worked with our insurance, and turned the job around quickly. Thanks!


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Contacted Jacobs Ladder to have my roof replaced. Very professional and very helpful with all the questions I had regarding my roof. New roof looks great! Thanks again


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From start to finish, every contact with this company was extremely professional and pleasant. They were replacing a roof next door to us and I inquired about doing some repairs. After inspecting our roof, they recommended filing an insurance claim for a full replacement. The owner of the company worked closely with us and went above and beyond when our claim was initially denied. The work crew was prompt, courteous and efficient. The end result was a beautiful new roof. They even filed our warranty paperwork with Owens Corning. It was a pleasure doing business with Jacob's Ladder. Highly recommended for their professionalism and personal touch every step of the way!


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The team was on time and very on task to complete the installation as communicated. The team was a happy group of workers and very professional. Once they were done, you would never know they were here - except for a brand new roof!

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