Hire a good roofer. Check Angie's List and ask your city Bldng. Dept. who is good.
If you have never done a roof, you are going to learn the hard way what real work really is. Have you ever seen a fat man on top of a roof working for a professional roofing company? If you did, that was the boss, who quit roofing years ago but is just checking the work. They're all very very thin.
It is VERY dangerous work as well. If you're not confident walking a roof, forget it. Have you been up there yet and tried walking it? If it has a sharp pitch, it's harder.
What causes 16 year old asphalt shingles that have a 20 year warranty to curl up on their ends?
They say poor attic venting causing heat build up can make them curl. I have noticed that some will curl up within 15 years and other homes with the same venting last 30 years. I think there are different batches made with different quality levels, so it's a crap shoot as to when they curl or not. Some curl up and some curl under, and other never curl. All you can do is replace them.
How dangerous is asbestos in outside house shingles?
In your case, not dangerous at all. You have already inspected it and report that it is in good condition. You then painted it, which is also a good thing. So just keep an eye on it over time, and it won't be a problem. For everything you ever wanted to know about asbestos and then some, check the link. Your situation is one of the LEAST problematic.
New shingles roof required - what does the work inlcude? what items should be includes in the quote?
My roof is being replaced as we speak. These items were on the quote:
Remove existing roof surface
Replace any damaged decking at an addtiona cost of $xx
Install drip edge to rakes and eves (color)
Install ice and storm shield to all gutter sections, valleys,and chimneys.
Apply #15 felt paper over roof deck.
Install new vent pipe collars
Install new flashings along wall lines and sides of chimney, where necessary.
Install 50 year Lifetime Architectural single. Brand/Color
Install ridge vent to peak for proper air flow
Remove all job related debris.
All workmanship will be guaranteed for a period of x years.
You might also ask the contractor to provide you with their liability insurance company's name and policy number (i did this and it was on the quote.)
capsasian (sp?) cream. I always spell that wrong. I'm pretty sure that's one of the treatments, at least for the pain after you have shingles and it sticks around. You should really talk to a doctor though, and he could give you something for the pain, and to help with the infection.
If you know anyone else at risk of getting them you should reccomend they get the vaccine so they dont have to go threw what you are right now