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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fargo Roofing & Shingles Welcomes You

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Roofing is generally straight forward in regards to product selection. Granted, there are a number of options available, but for the most part people seem to choose the new stand-by: The architectural asphalt shingle. Here are some tips on roofing:

1- PERFORMANCE VS. APPEARANCE. Recently, Consumer Reports rated shingles and to everyone's surprise a relatively inexpensive three-tab (rectangular-shaped) shingle performed 2nd overall! The Certainteed XT25 out-performed nearly all of its overpriced competition. The old stand-by of shingles, the three-tab shingle is becoming a distant memory with the advent of the architectural shingle that simulates the look of wood shakes. The appearance is modern and slick. It can instantly transform your older home into a newer, updated, and refreshing look. So, do you go with the old solid stand-by or the newer fresher look. This is not to say that the architectural shingles perform poorly, but rather the XT25 three-tab shingle performs outstanding, even when being outweighed by 30 lbs or so per square (10 foot x 10 foot section) by most architecturals.

2- NEW CHANGES. A few years ago, shingle manufacturers began adding copper in the granules, thus reducing or eliminating the streaking that often occurs on the North side of a roof. Other changes that occur in the shingling industry are simple on paper. Back in 2002 or 2003 Elk decided to grant a 30 year warranty on what was previously a 25 year shingle. Very soon thereafter most of the other shingle manufacturers followed suit.

3- DO I REALLY NEED A 40 YEAR SHINGLE OR MORE? Not necessarily. Will they outperform a 30 year? Yes. Will they look good at 28 years? Hmmm... something to think about. Are they worth the extra money? Well, a typical 40 year may not add that much to the price, depending on the brand, but anything above that and the cost-benefits come into question. A noticeable difference as you increase in shingle life is the shadow lines. A 40 year shingle will have more well-defined shadow lines than a 30 year (architectural).

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1 comment:

Sam Gerrard said...

The roof is one of the important parts of the house that needs regular checking for possible leaks. It is important to find solutions right then as soon as small leaks are found to avoid having more problems later.

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