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Question DetailsAsked on 7/5/2016

I need to re-roof. Every review is negative on any & all brands. HELP..what do you recommend?

I have Tamko on my sheds & have been satisfied...but the reviews on this product scare me. I am a widow & want it done with the best so it will last & I don't want to be taken advantage of. Your help will be appreciated. Thank You!

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Not clear if you are looking for new roofing for the house, or sheds - obviously, unless the sheds are used as "living space" like a studio or woodworking shop or storage of valuables or such, they can generally get by with a lesser grade shingle because the contents are generally not likely to experience as costly or distressing a damage in the event of a leak - and commonly roofing-over is done with them too, either with shingles or sheet roofing, whichever you have.

Unfortunately, pricing has driven the real old-time quality shingle manufacturing out of the market - so the market has "dumbed-down" to a lower quality product, as with most things these days. Modern shingles are generally about half or less the weight of the ones 30 years ago (like my 34 year old, just-starting to look aged but still zero leakage ones).

Everyone has different favorite shingle brands, every brand has some people who hate their product, and every brand has had recalls and a plethora of complaints on the web - this seems like Tamko's year for problems. Previously GAF, Certainteed, Owens Corning, Atlas - pretty much all have had quality issues over the years. I think of the major producers, Malarkey is the only one which I have not seen a major failure or recall issue on - also happens to be (partly for that reason) one of the shingles brands I would recommend.

You can find a number of prior responses to questions about shingle roofing costs and brands in the Home > Roofing link in Browse Projects, at lower left - my recommendation is go with a longer-life shingle (25 years or more) because they tend to be heavier duty, a thick asphaltic-impregnated fibermat shingle as opposed to a sheet fiberglass product if in hail area, and a major brand name product.

Of course, steel shingles can be expected to provide about 2-3 times the life of asphalt - but typically at 3-5 times the cost too.

And remember, a very good, experienced roofer who really cares about doing the job well is really quite a bit more important than the shingle itself (as long as you get a decent shingle and water barrier or underlayment), because a good roofer can do a perfectly acceptable job that should survive all but catastrophic weather conditions with any decent shingle and a great job with top-notch materials, but a poor contractor or one who tries to cut corners can botch the job with even the best of materials.

And don't try to save a few bucks by reusing flashing, shingling-over existing layer(s), etc - the small savings is not worth the risk of leaving a possibly deteriorated or already leak-prone product under a new layer of shingles.

And don't forget ice and water shield in valleys and eave / overhang areas - particularly if in an area with potential for roof icing - but generally valleys, wrap-ups against roof-siding intersections like on multi-level roofs or around dormers, and at least the 3 feet along the lowest edges of the roof should have ice and water shield in any area except possibly basically essentially rain and snow-free desert areas.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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