I have read so many threads that my head hurts . I have made the decision to put Gaf Timberline on my roof (58 sq.) I have it narrowed down to the GAF Timberline 40 yr or the Ultra (lifetime-ya right) . I know the Ultra is made identical to the 40 yr but is thicker due to shigle build up on the underside.
The extra cost to upgrade to the Ultra is $600. My question is this; Is the apperance of the Ultra shingle worth the extra money? Looking at the shingle itself is not very revealing so my question goes out to those who have installed both.
I just had my roof done in Timberline lifetime (whose lifetime, exactly? )
Incidentally enough there was a small mis-communication that caused the 30 yrs to be installed on one portion of my roof, and the lifetimes installed on the rest. It was later resolved but it gave me a chance to see the difference when they were on the house. And yes, there was a visible difference. The extra thickness of the lifetime gives a lot more "shadow" coming off of the "tabs" (for lack of a better word). Seeing them side by side I like the lifetimes better, but if you DIDNT see them side by side you might never notice.
As I drive around in my town I look at shingles and it seems there are a lot less of the thicker (lifetime? 50 yr?) architectural shingles around than the thinner ones. Im glad I spent the extra $$$, though. In the grand scheme of things it wasnt a huge price increase, and if it adds any longevity to the lifetime of the roof then even better.
Also, I don't know if you have any steep roof portions (I have a cathedral that is really steep) but that really allows you to see how much better a thicker shingle looks. Our roofer told us the lifetimes would look really nice on the cathedral because of the "in your face" angle, and he was correct.