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Old 08-21-2007, 03:43 PM   #16
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I have three pallets of GAF Timberline Ultra's sitting in my driveway waiting on some nice weather to hit it hard on my roof.

The shingles are wrapped in plastic and I have a tarp over them. I did see a date on them, in the format of

M M / D D / Y Y

I also was worried about batch mismatch, because of course, I get two dated one day, one dated another. The GAF rep said the M number (it was on the other end, in the format of M5601 or something close to that) is the batch run number. I got a price of $73 and change for a square of the Timberline Ultra's

Also, one last thing. The local Home Depot had GAF shingles on sale that had a sticker on them that said not to mix Pre 7/06 shingles with post as the colors will not match.

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Old 08-21-2007, 06:11 PM   #17
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Yep, thats the price I got at Bradco, $73 and change. Home Depot regular price here in CT. is $78.80 per sq. So if someone were to take the Bradco quote to Home Depot they would match the price plus 10% of the difference. Well, that would get down to $73.02 Sq.

I would have used Bradco but I did not have the guts to tell the roofer... Oh gee Mr Roofer, I don't want you to supply the shingles. I'll do that, but you can still put them up. Actually for my smallish 16 SQ roof it don't make a whole lot of difference.
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THE NEWER t-30 are AR(ALGAE RESISTANT)prior to this the plastic wrapped 30 yr weren`t AR,they stepped it up because all TAMKO are AR for a while,the shingle quality is the same otherwise.I do agree I prefer to use paper wrapped shingles,and that the plastic traps water,I`m sure your contractor pays less for the shingles than you or something`s wrong.I think a contractor requires a markup on materials due to all the handling(transport,storage,loading roof)involved.I would buy my materials from a supply house that protects their material properly,even plastic bundles should have a white protective bag over the pallet,shingles welded together etc. are simply unacceptable,the marking does refer to batch 1st,then order in the batch-do not use completely different numbers/letters!or mixed codes
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The Bradco around the corner from me dos not even stock the 50 yr shingle in any brand. They of course get you whatever you want, at prices that seem to be well below that of the roofing supply companies, and HD . I don't profess to know for sure where they get em. However, I have to think they get em from a roofing supply house. If not then where? Based on the quotes I got from Bradco if I were a contractor why would I not do business with Bradco ?
Look, the company (Mom & Pop ) thats gonna do my roof got the shingles from a place called Metco roofing supply. He did not care that Bradco Supply was selling at $2.97 a sq less than what Metco charged him.
For the extra $48 it cost me IO didn't care either. However if I was taking on the roof myself I would have to go with Bradco. I shop by price, unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise.

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perhaps quality??,I use allied mostly,was big at bradco for years but allied treats my business so much better!!
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Quality of the shingle or quality of the supplier your dealing with?

As a consumer I would expect the quality of the shingle to be the same. No matter where bought or how packaged. If plastic wrap causes problems with the shingles due to trapping water then the issue is how they are stored. Or perhaps the plastic should be done away with.

As a consumer I have to go by what it costs me. I can't pass that cost on to someone else. Thats why my roofer he bought where he always buys.

Big spender with my money!
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supplier and how they protect the material until it is delivered
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supplier and how they protect material ,if it`s outside,all it takes is the white tarp bag to keep the water out regardless of the packaging(+to protect it from the sun)
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I'm thinking with that white plastic placed over the paper wrapped bundles and the sun beating down on it may cause condensation. Further more if there is any water moisture leftover in the shingles from the manufacturing process they will sweat. Of course I have no evidence to support the theory.
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condensation is when a cold front meets a warm front and causes moisture to form,this is poorly protected material,I`ve only put on a couple thousand roofs(30 yr.s)trust me on this
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NO,you got shingles that sat in the rain,if they`re kept right the bundles/wrappers are downright pretty!
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Well, Enough of mine (not as many as I 1st thought) left me with a ghost buster movie feeling...I've been slimed!!

Generally it was the top shingle which was wet, Sometimes the second. The rest were dry.

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