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Old 05-11-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
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I am getting ready to install a new roof and I have been looking at the 30 Year Certainteed shingle and was wondering if the 50 year was worth the extra cost?.

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No data exists to my knowledge to clearly show that any asphalt shingle will last 50 years.

Go with a Landmark Pro or Premium.

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Keep in mind, a lifetime product means nothing if installed incorrectly. Depending on the complexity of the roof layout / design, your experience lvl and the roof pitch would determine if this is a diy job or a job for a pro.

You can save a lot doing it yourself provided you have experience...otherwise it will end up cost you a lot more in the long run.
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As I am sure Andy would agree, if you are thinking about a 50 year option, you need to be thinking metal.
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As I am sure Andy would agree, if you are thinking about a 50 year option, you need to be thinking metal.
I'll raise that with a "kynar" finish and hidden fastener system. I've replaced many exposed fastener polyester finish roofs that were less than 10 years old.
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Also look at Certainteed Landmark TL (Triple Thick).

Personally, the fact you're looking at Certainteed means your headed in the right direction
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I'll raise that with a "kynar" finish and hidden fastener system. I've replaced many exposed fastener polyester finish roofs that were less than 10 years old.

You would you copper roof maven!

Easy to replace exposed fasteners with new ones for us thrifty.
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You would you copper roof maven!

Easy to replace exposed fasteners with new ones for us thrifty.

I'll sit in my lawn chair blowing the foam off of a frosty one watching you do that.
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I'll raise that with a "kynar" finish and hidden fastener system. I've replaced many exposed fastener polyester finish roofs that were less than 10 years old.
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Should have more clearly stated that.
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I'm sure he'll find that useful! What would you recommend? Rosemary's?
Marley Moderns?
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Metal??? ISH! Not on a home, IMO.

The Landmark Pro and 50's have the premium colors. The 30 year has different shades than the 50's or Pro.

It really depends on your location. Almost everyone around here uses the 30 year (lifetime) shingles. Cost is a big factor and we get storms so often, why spend the extra money unless you really like the color or the rougher look of the thicker shingles.

We have put on thousands of squares of the 30 year landmarks, and only a few jobs with 40 or 50 year laminates. Never used the TL's yet though.
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I think those 50 year shingles are butt ugly.
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Metal??? ISH! Not on a home, IMO.
MJW,

Why not?
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Why not?
You may be in a fancy dancy area (no offense), but around here metal belongs on a barn (maybe) and that's it. We have done quite a few barns with asphalt still. I understand that there is some very nice metal roofs out there, but in some areas it just doesn't belong.
Some business areas have standing seam steel and copper for store fronts or manserts, but anything with steel for a whole roof just looks like a pole barn to me.
There was a very small market for it when the economy was booming, but it dwindled very quickly. The bad part about steel is the warranty is usually for the paint finish only. There are plenty of barns around here that have rusted and improperly installed steel that have plenty of leaks. It just didn't go over to well here, except some commercial buildings (usually union work).
We have done some multi million dollar houses and they still use asphalt for the majority of the roof. Maybe a copper dormer for aesthetics if your lucky.

IMO, on a house it looks kind of silly in this area. Comparatively priced a asphalt roof has a better warranty than any other product.
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MJW,

You and I both know the asphalt warranty usually isn't worth the paper it is written on at the end of the days and the number and frequency of exclusions is significant.

When I refer to metal, there are a whole host of other options outside of just standing seam. Most of the metal that we do isn't standing seam for that matter.

This isn't one of ours but it sure looks good on the roofs we have done.


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