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Old 07-22-2010, 10:17 AM   #1
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Morning all! Our house is about 20 years old and we really need a new roof. What we have at the moment is asphalt shingles. Well, they are mostly there. haha
We have a house that has 3 very steep roofs that are all hipped. We have a set of blueprints for the house, and found the page showing the roof. There is a triangle by the roof that has 12 on the horizontal line and 9 on the vertical line.
We live in the high desert of Northern Arizona and have a lot of heavy wind and sand but not very much precipitation. 40 mph winds with gusts of 60 mph plus are not uncommon here. We get snow, but rarely have it stay on the roof (except for an inside corner facing northwest) for more than a day.
We are going to have someone else roof this, because of the steepness. We are just wondering -- which should we put on, metal or asphalt shingles? We are in our 50s at this point and haven't decided whether we will retire in this house, but probably will because it would just be easier.
We think we have put all the info you need to help us, but let us know any other questions. Thanks!
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Metal should last much longer. 50 year shingles should last 30 years or so.
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Thanks much for your reply!
We read someplace that asphalt shingles were better for steeper roofs. Is there any sort of reason metal wouldn't be good, or is it just a pain to install on a steep roof? Should we worry about the blowing sand eating the finish off?
We bought this house 14 years ago and have been replacing shingles every year since. Because of that, we are leary of replacing with the same.
We are hoping to get some advice from people who have opinions one way or the other. We would greatly appreciate some knowledge before we talk to a salesman. Of course when you talk to them, their product is always the best for the job. And when you try to research on the internet, you are usually reading what the manufacturer is putting out.
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Kasey - If I were in your shoes, I would look into a "higher end" shingle.

If your roof is how you described, and you get strong winds and have problems with shingles blowing off the in the past, I would personally recommend a 50 year shingle due to its added weight and higher wind resistance. Truthfully, the brand of the shingle (as long as its one of the bigger guys, gaf-certainteed, etc) would concern me less than the actual install. Due to it being a high wind area, I would ask any contractor how many nails they plan to put into each shingle. With the pitch, and wind problems, I would eliminate anyone who disagrees with using 6 nails per shingle.

As Tinner said, you can reasonably expect a 50 year shingle to last 30 years. No one knows for certain yet since they have not been in the market that long, but it should be the last roof you have to put on.
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We appreciate the info from both of you. 30 years would put us in our 80s and someone else should be worrying about that kind of stuff by then. Have a good one....
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