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Old 10-19-2011, 07:17 PM   #21
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Re: Which brand shingles do you install & why?

After seeing nearly all brand of roofs installed here's my top 4 for a standard dimensional shingle.

Owens Corning Durations: A thicker shingle that installers can easily install with the SureNail strip - good backup from manufacturer's representatives

Certainteed Landmarks: Overall still a great value shingle that hasn't "cheapened" in recent years like many others - Nothing special nothing bad about this shingle, if installed properly should last a lifetime.

Atlas StormMaster SBS shingles: For the limited time we have seen them preform GREAT - the SBS base is a good technology and shingles are more forgiving than most. (time will tell)

Tamko Heritage: Probably the best bang for the buck shingle if you need something relatively inexpensive. Decent quality with nothing too special.



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Old 10-21-2011, 09:19 AM   #22
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^^^^^^^I understand that you have never laid a shingle.

Now, start over....What?
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:33 PM   #23
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Re: Which brand shingles do you install & why?

We let our customers decide which brand they prefer. We inform them of the pros and cons of each brand and let them choose between Certainteed, GafElk, OwensCorning, or Tamko.


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Old 12-07-2011, 12:23 PM   #24
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Re: Which brand shingles do you install & why?

GAF dropped the ELK name this year.. Just like they dropped the ELK Quality.

I would NEVER sell a GAF product to my customer because all they care about is making $$ and controlling market share.

Here is the LATEST of a series of GAF complaints that went class action
GAF Timberline Shingles Named in Two New Class Action Lawsuits
Date Published: Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

GAF Materials Corporation was named in two class action lawsuits earlier this summer alleging that its Timberline Shingles are defective. The GAF Timberline Shingle lawsuits were filed in Pennsylvania and Virginia on behalf of anyone who owns or owned a structure in the U.S. with Timberline Shingles manufactured after December 31, 1997.

GAF Timberline Shingles are asphalt shingles with a fiberglass base that were marketed as 30-40 year shingles. But according to the GAF Timberline Shingle Class Action lawsuits, the shingles crack prematurely, and fail to meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for fiberglass shingles. The lawsuits further allege that GAF management personnel concealed this, and failed to inform consumers, contractors and homeowners that the Timberline Shingles did not meet ASTM standards, and would degrade and crack prematurely. Finally, the lawsuits contend that any structure that contains these shingles manufactured after December 31, 1997 needs to be re-roofed.

According to both lawsuits, GAF was receiving complaints regarding premature cracking associated with its shingles, including Timberline shingles, by the late 1990s. From 2001 – 2002, GAF fiberglass shingle cracking claims increased 43 percent. It was internally noted by GAF that the shingles made at one of its plants was its “fastest growing problem.

Timberline Shingles are manufactured at several plant locations across the country, and each uses a different process to manufacture these products. According to the lawsuits, GAF’s own investigation concluded that the problems with the shingles stemmed from raw materials. Plants in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Baltimore, Maryland; Millis, Massachusetts; and Fontana, California, had manufactured shingles with these defective raw materials. Additional investigation found that manufacturing plants in Mobile, Alabama and Dallas, Texas also had the same problems.

Despite changing its specifications for raw materials, GAF never informed consumers about the problems with the shingles about their defects, or issued a recall of the Timberline Shingles, the lawsuits claim.
Both GAF Timberline Shingle lawsuits seek compensation for damages suffered by the plaintiffs and class members, as well as attorneys fees. The lawsuits also ask that GAF be required to initiate a post-sale instruction and warning campaign, to conduct further testing, and to refrain from making unlawful representations about warranty claims.

These are just the latest class action lawsuits to allege GAF Timberline Shingles are defective. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states, including Alabama and South Carolina.

NewsInferno.com disclaimer: This article: GAF Timberline Shingles Named in Two New Class Action Lawsuits was posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 8:25 am at NewsInferno.com and is filed under GAF Shingles, Legal News.

My fellow ROOFERS be aware that if you recommend the product and it fails.. you too will be brought into the lawsuit by a lawyer looking for it all.

I am in NJ and all the roofers here are on the GAF KOOL-AID train. I see many guys on here who use their experience to chose a product, not marketing hype..

GOOD for you guys..

BTW I prefer TAMKO but am looking into the NEW ATLAS shingle because I like the Scotch Guard feature. Just am a little leery of their long term durability
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:16 PM   #25
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Re: Which brand shingles do you install & why?

GAF Timberline
IKO Cambridge

Those are the three most popular brands that we sell here in New Jersey.

They seem to work for us and our customers. Good warranties and very few problems if installed correctly.

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Old 12-19-2011, 01:31 AM   #27
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Owens Corning is one of the best shingles I've ever installed. With all the tar strips behind forget water, mosquito can't even get through.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:29 AM   #28
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as an installer I preferred tamko. They seemed to be made well and had better variation than other shingle manufacturers. When they were installed they always seemed to look better because you couldn't see any patterns from lack of variation.


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Re: Which brand shingles do you install & why?

Mostly Owens Corning here. I just like the pink panther
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Re: Which brand shingles do you install & why?

I like owens corning, they have the best seal and don't mark up in the heat as easily. Can't say anything bad about GAF But they are not the same shingle I was nailing on in the late 90s. Tamko seems like a good choice, but the color fades a lot faster on them compared to others. Who really knows, right? Owens corning has really stood out to me lately as a superior choice, just my opinion
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