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CE Tiger
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Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
so have two roof quotes for a 48x52 (2500 sq ft ) root and both are around the same cost with one quoting Atlas shingles and another Tamko Heritage.

any preferences or advice from the board and how the hell do you pick a shingle color??


MoarKilometers
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
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one quoting Atlas shingles and another Tamko Heritage.

Which atlas series? Would be necessary to compare to tamko. Also tamko stuff all says Tuscaloosa on the back lol, a plus for me, but maybe not you.

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any preferences or advice from the board and how the hell do you pick a shingle color??

First and foremost I make sure I can get a drip edge that matches with the color. Most common shingle color I've installed is weatherwood, with a brown drip edge. What color is your house and trim?

Edit: neighbor across from the gf went with green, don't do that
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gumbo2176
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
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any preferences or advice from the board and how the hell do you pick a shingle color??


Pick a color that goes with the paint on the house and not clash. The lighter the color, the more it tends to reflect heat. A light colored roof will absorb less heat than a dark colored shingle. Black are the worst.

I prefer a shingle about mid range in color. Light colors show mold more easily, so I tend to go with a mottled color and not some solid color.


CE Tiger
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
Atlas Pinnacle Fiberglass
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Install Atlas Summit 180 Synthetic Underlayment on entire roof. Shingle roof with Lifetime Atlas Pinnacle Fiberglass Shingles. Use Atlas Pro-Cut Starter Strips. Use Atlas Pro-Cut Hip and Ridge.


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ItNeverRains
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
Tamko has the best warranty and most custom builders use them exclusively. If you’re in LA. Certainties makes a max def arch shingle that I believe is hurricane rated, a little pricier, but well worth it and my preferred shingle.


CE Tiger
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
house is two stories with bottom red brick and top white vinyl. it’s a colonial style house with a white balcony in the front




CE Tiger
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
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Certainties makes a max def arch shingle that I believe is hurricane rated, a little pricier, but well worth it and my preferred shingle.


roofer told me he would use 6 nails on the Tamko which gets it to 130mph


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Zappas Stache
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
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neighbor across from the gf went with green, don't do that ?


Green works well on certain houses. My neighbor has green on a 1920s Tudor with cream colored painted brick and maroon trim and it's sharp.


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Libertariantiger
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
The 2 most popular colors are black and some form of weathered wood. That's a light brown and is called a little different name from company to company. I think Atlas calls it Weathered Shadow.
I prefer Atlas over Tamko. I'm a fan of Atlas and Certainteed. Certainteed is usually a little harder to get and not as widely stocked. Atlas has a great warranty if you use their system that has the lifetime warranty (you have to match the shingle with the starters and hip/ridge). They also have the series with the added copper that does very well against staining.


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weadjust
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
I wouldn't buy an Atlas product after they screwed their customers on the Atlas Chalet line of shingles. Google "Atlas Chalet Shingles" for more than want to read.


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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
While shingles are good, you should really consider a Corrugated metal roof. I'd stay away from colors as they will fade over time, so the silver/galvanized look in either 24 gauge or 26 gauge thickness is best. Roof should last 30-45 years. You won't get that long of service from shingles.

A contractor will strip your roof with 1 X 4's and should use 3 inch screws to attach it into the existing shingle roof. No need to strip off the old shingles.

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MadtownTiger
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
Used to sell both a few years back in grad school.

Tamko Heritage and Atlas Pinnacle were really the only 2 we carried but we weren't a straight shot roofing supplier. Sold other hardware and lumber.

Tamko and Atlas traded blows with consumers and roofers, mostly just what color matched what people wanted.

I always told people who came in, that the MAIN THING to be concerned with is the underlayment. Synthetic was starting to get popular but still wasn't selling as much as usual tar. Your underlayment takes hundreds if not thousands of holes from nails and that's where your leaks really start.

However, side note. I know Atlas also does a big warranty upgrade if you use their StormMaster Shingles.


CE Tiger
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
underlayment is synthetic for both


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I sell Certainteed exclusively.

I have put every brand on a scale from Atlas, Tamko, Malarkey, OC, GAF and Certainteed and they are they heaviest weight per square.

I tell everyone that Black and Weathered Wood are the safest colors. They generally go with any brick and paint color.

Synthetic felt is definitely the way to go for the underlayment. 15#/30# is water resistant, but synthetic is truly waterproof. The cost is down now to where its only about $1-2 per square more expensive.




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Laryngitis
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
Atlas is the better shingle & it ain't even close.


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lnomm34
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
Why are you worried about color? You can’t see the roof.


CE Tiger
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
just another damn decision to make and yea just stood in my front yard and kept backing up across the street and couldn’t ever see the roof


lnomm34
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
Man I know the feeling.

I was totally kidding, for the record. Wish I could give some advice but I’m following this one. I haven’t had to replace roof on my house. But eventually. I am NOT looking forward to that.


MTG325
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
Moire Black would work perfect with red bricks. We install a lot of Moire Black on red brick homes. Also, Certainteed shingles are manufactured in Shreveport.


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tacotiger
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re: Who wants to teach me about roof shingles...
Building a house now. Contractor quoted atlas. Found out before install that warranty problem with foam insulation sprayed under roof. Changes to certainteed. No warranty issues


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