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Old 04-07-2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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I have received 4 bids now to replace my 18 year old roof. I have no issues per se, but since I live in Florida the HO insurance companies are beginning to give me grief about the age.

All of the roofers that have been out said I had at least another 5 years in the shingles which were Elk 40 year architecturals in the color they called cedar back then.

While I am an HVAC Contractor myself, and am no dummy when it comes to anything construction related, I am NOT aware of the different brands of shingles as to which is best. I did a re-roof myself when I sold a home in 1989, but I am approaching 50 now, and have no interest in doing this one myself.

To the question..........I have 4 bids.
Two recommend Tamko which is the only one I have never heard of before.
Another suggests GAF, and the last Owens-Corning.

I am going to be doing a total re-roof involving 48 squares of 30 year architectural shingles, with everything being replaced including the drip-edge.
Basically what I am asking is are there any quality differences between the 3 manufacturers that I should be aware of?

Which would you choose as a roofer if it was your own home.
I am sure you roofers here have been asked this hundreds of times, but I would appreciate any opinions.

Thanks!

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Old 04-07-2010, 04:16 PM   #2
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I use all three brands on a regular basis and have done so with nothing but good results with each.

My personal choice when I go to re-roof my own home, which will be in the near future, Gaf/Elk "timberline 30" or Tamko "heritage 30".

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I use all three brands on a regular basis and have done so with nothing but good results with each.

My personal choice when I go to re-roof my own home, which will be in the near future, Gaf/Elk "timberline 30" or Tamko "heritage 30".
Thank you for the response.

You know what I am being pitched as a roofer,.......the Tamko guys say GAF, and Owens-Corning stink.

The GAF guy says Tamko stinks,....etc.

They have all said they will put on whatever I want though. The two series you mentioned are what I am being quoted BTW in each respectable brand. I am sure you knew that already.

Thank you for your input sir, as I want to make a decision by the weekend!
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Theyre all good shingles.

I would be giving the insurance people grief about them giving you grief regarding replacing your 40 year roof halfway through.

Was your roof replaced after Andrew?
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Theyre all good shingles.

I would be giving the insurance people grief about them giving you grief regarding replacing your 40 year roof halfway through.

Was your roof replaced after Andrew?
I am in Ocala a bit north of Central Florida. The worst we have had up here since I moved was the 2004 season.

Lost power for a week or more, but no roof damage at all.
For some reason the HO companies in Florida don't like it when a roof gets past 15 years or so. Not saying they won't write me, but the prices are going up due to the age of my roof. Some agents have told me that at 20 years many companies won't quote the house.

In all honesty there is more to it than that. My shingles were upgraded for free from 30 year due to the fact the supplier didn't have my color in stock in 30's when it was time to dry it in.
Unfortunately the roofers used cheap 3-tabs for my ridges and hips. They are starting to crack and 2 have blown off this winter.

I could have all of those replaced with new Cobra2 for about 900 bucks, but I do have some granule loss on my main roof from pressure washing it stupidly years ago a few times.
I just figured I would take care of all of it at one time, and not throw good money after bad. With the economy the way it is here, the prices have really come down. I have been quoted between $8,600.00 to $9,600.00 for the entire job with everything being replaced.

That is considerably cheaper than it would have been 3 to 5 years ago.
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I agonized over choices in shingles for weeks before going with the Certainteed. Every site I visited seemed to have divided opinions over which was best. I even scrutinized the shingles they gave me as samples trying to decide which seemed better constructed. In the end my wife liked the shade of green of the Certainteed best. Based on everything I was able to read, I don't believe there is a significant amount of difference.

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