replacing cedar shake roof & need advice
I have attached pictures of my 20 yr old shake roof. Five years ago several neighbors got their roofs replace by insurance following a hale storm. My insurance company adjuster inspected my roof along with the roofing contractor that said I too had damage and required a new roof. The aduster said that my roof was worn but not sufficiently damaged by hale or wind. Of course the roofer didn't put up any argument and I subsequently replaced my insurance company. The estimate at that time to repalce with shake was $31k. I have not had any leaking but I am confident my roof is at the end of its useful life and plan to repalce the roof within the next 6 months. I will likely go with architectural shingle as I expect it will be half the cost. We do plan on staying in this house for the long term so I want something that will look good and last. Any advice on the following would be appreciated:
1.lots of contractors here in st.louis. Beyond getting several bids, anything I should know?
2. Is there a brand or particular shingle that is recommended?
3. suggestions on color?
4. anything specific to changing from shake to asphalt?
5. anything about ventilation I should consider?