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Question DetailsAsked on 11/4/2016

any feedback on atlas pinacle shingles vs gaf timberline

I would like to know how they compare.I do not see much info on atlas pinnacle shingles.

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Not many prior comments on Atlas shingles - you can google for comments on them, including several on class action lawsuits about early failure. What I have seen on professional/contractor blogs about Atlas has not been favorable, though all the manufacturers seem to be (along with roofers) in a competitive race to the bottom as far as price and quality go. Atlas are not common in my area, but from what I have read and heard I would personally not buy Atlas.

Below are some links on various shingle brand opinions (with some Atlas comparisons in there too) as well as a couple of links on Atlas's qualtiy control issues FYI - more comments on brands can be found in the Home > Roofing link in Browse Projects, at lower left - though most do not address Atlas.

Used to be it was real rare to see any factory defects, or on-roof failures within 15 years or so - now it is not uncommon (with pretty much any manufacturer) to see defective shingles in the bundles (usually all in a given bundle, evidently due to manufacturing and quality control failure in that batch), and on-roof cracking, curling, moderate wind speed blowback and tab loss, etc. With ANY brand, I would go with extreme-condition heavy-weight shingles - at or near the top of the product line regardless of brand, if you are hoping for more than 15-20 year life, because all of them seem to have raced to the bottom in weight and quality for the "builder's line" (meaning cheapest) shingles.

Also - as far as wind blowoff - multi-layer "architectural shingles" with overlapping adjacent tabs are quite a bit more resistant to that and cost little more than 3-tb or 5-tab shingles - so unless you really hate the three-deimensional look of architectural shingles I would recommend them. Cost difference about 15-25% more but perform better in wind and are generally expected to last 25-50% longer than straight tab shingles, so unless you are looking for lower cost because this is not your "forever" home, I would go with them.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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