Asphalt roofing didn't have much variation in the past. Shingles were made in the 3-tab style, asbestos, organic, and t-locks. 3-tab were the most popular, which is a flat shingle with 3 rectangles per piece. Today, the vast majority of shingles are of the architectural variety. They have a cedar shake look, with overlay pieces to give the shingle dimension and shadow lines. They are thicker and cover up roof line imperfections better. They also have longer warranties.
With over 90% of new roof installs going architectural, 3-tab has become a special order product and many contractors will do architectural for the same price. Under those conditions, there is no reason to do a 3-tab shingle.
Also another thing to consider is that older shingles will only withstand hail from 0.5 - 1.75 and a wind rating up to 60 mph. Compared to a architectural shingle that will handle hail from 0.5 - 1.75 and a wind rating up to 120 mph. Now remember there is never a guarantee when it comes to hail or wind not causing damage to your roof. It's just a better choice to have the best shingle possible with the best warranty.
Speaking of warranties, GAF has most effectively worked their special warranties into the sales pitch. "Certified," "Master Elite," and "Golden Pledge" are a few of their extended warranty terms depending on what level the contractor is at in their system. GAF is the most popular brand in town due to their well-known Timberline shingles. Timberline became the generic term for architectural shingles years back, and people ask for them by name quite often. "Do you have Timberlines?" sometimes means the same as "Do you have architectural shingles?"
They have other lines as well, all the way up to the super-thick "Grand Sequoia." GAF shingles have a great name, a great look, many color selections, and many extended warranty options. GAF has very effectively embedded themselves with local contractors through their certification for different warranty options.
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Customers of mine have been going to their "Cambridge IR" (impact resistance) shingle quite often, since it is the least expensive shingle I can find that carries a Class 4 hail rating. Most insurance companies will give you a break on your monthly premiums if you can show them Class 4 impact resistance paperwork.
One of the most well-known brand names around, Owens Corning continues to assert its presence in the fields of shingles, pink insulation, and large pink cats. Talk about an awesome branding strategy; I have the "Pink Panther" theme going through my head every time I talk about them.
Make your home the envy of your neighborhood. IKO Dynasty premium quality laminated performance shingles offer peace of mind and protection from inclement weather. Plus they look fantastic, boost curb appeal and can potentially increase the resale value of your property.
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After a storm occurs you might be tempted to put a roof inspection on the back burner, this would be a mistake. There is more then one reason to treat it with more urgency.
Most Home and Business owners don't realize if your roof looks like the pictures below, and your area had a recent hail or wind storm, then the insurance will pay you to replace it. The only thing you need to do is call AAA Construction Consultants and make an appointment for us to look at it, and pay your deductible. That's a whole lot better then paying $6,000.00 to $10,000.00 out of your pocket for a new roof! Plus the inspection is FREE, so how can you not afford to take the chance?
IKO has a slightly different look than the others, as the overlays have a straight cut instead of a tapered cut. While they don't nearly have the brand recognition of GAF or Owens Corning, they are a huge company worldwide. They boast more weight in their base level lifetime product than the others and they have premium thickness products like "Armourshake."
Oakridge Shingles are the right choice for long-lasting performance and striking beauty. In addition to a wide range of inviting, popular colors, they also offer:
• Limited Lifetime Warranty (for as long as you own your home)
• 110/130 MPH Wind Resistance Limited Warranty
• Streak Guard Protection with a 10-year Algae Resistance Limited Warranty