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Question DetailsAsked on 10/1/2013

What brand of shingle is the best?

Looking to replace our roof. Original shingles only lasted 10 years. What manufacturer has the best reputation for the highest quality shingle? CertainTeed? Atlas? Owens-Corning? Tamko?

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This question is asked a fair amount here, but the contributors seem to have a reluctance to come out and state their favorites or least favorites.

My personal experience with asphalt/fiber shingles (as opposed to metal or wood or stone) - I prefer Certainteed, Owens-Corning, GAF, Landmark in that order of preference, and I stay away from fiberglass shingles - using only asphalt-impregnated fiber (natural or fiberglass fiber OK) shingles (preferably double-thickness), as the pure fiberglass ones break too easily when walked on - I have seen new reroof jobs with dozens of broken shingles just from the installers walking on it, and they also seem to fail due to ultraviolet light weathering quite fast too - inspected one roof where 4 year old shingles were breaking up like sheet glass into little granules from solar degradation.

Problems I have seen - Certainteed sealing strips frequently have the anti-stick cellophane stick tenaciously to the tar strip so they do not self-seal like they should, requiring adding a caulk stirp of bitumastic so the shingle tip adhere like they should - a lot of extra labor. They say the cellophane will biodegrade - I have seen roofs form 2 to over 30 years old with intact cellophane over the tar strips.

Atlas I have heard of lots of problems with the mastic not adhering at all or being almost non-existent, so it is not found around here much any more.

Tamko seems to have a reputation for bad sizing and uneven or even angled cutting, which makes for uneven appearance in the shingle pattern. I had one remote site job where an entire shipment of Tamko's 3-tab shingles came in unslotted, so they were one-tabs, so they appear to have some quality control problems.

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Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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