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Old 12-10-2008, 09:22 AM
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I am looking to re-roof a 1750sq ft cottage at the beach. One story with about 36 squares. I'm getting quotes for tear-off cleanup, haul and re-roof. Most everyone here uses GAF/Elk Timberline shingles. I've been quoted for 30yr architectural, 40 yr, and lifetimes. One roofer says to use Owens Corning Duration 30 yr shingles, with 110 mph wind coverage. Says paying extra for 40 yr or lifetime doesn't make sense.

I'm looking to keep this place for at least 5-10 yrs., and want a good roof. This guy is about 25 % cheaper, and comes with good recommendations.

I was hoping to get your opinions of OC vs GAF shingles, and 30 vs 40 vs lifetime, in high wind areas.

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Old 12-10-2008, 09:39 AM
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What beach????

How often do you get hurricanes ????

When ever the last one came through how did the roof fair then???

If you want to keep it 10 years, I would pony up for the better ones and 110 mph is a little on the low side IMHO
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:30 PM
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Domino Effect - 12/10/2008 12:39 PM

What beach????

Emerald Isle, NC

How often do you get hurricanes ????

Quite often.

When ever the last one came through how did the roof fair then???

The present roof is quite old, and at best a 20 yr 3-tab that is very thin. We do lose a few in larger storms about once a year. Never more than a couple hundred dollars in damage.

If you want to keep it 10 years, I would pony up for the better ones and 110 mph is a little on the low side IMHO

My main reason for posting, was to see what people in the industry, or those with knowledge in the industry, thought about Owens Corning vs GAF/Elk shingles in high wind areas. Also are the 40 and lifetime shingles signifcantly better in high wind areas.

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Old 12-10-2008, 02:16 PM
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call roofing material distributors and get a price quote on the different shingles. most of the mark up from 30-3 tab to 40-arch. is from the installer. after you get material prices ask for labor only estimates.
if you want your roof to still look good after 10 years -use the 40 year. they are thicker/stronger and resist tearing and breaking from the wind better.
nothing lasts 20 years at the beach without serious deterioration.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:32 PM
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We are using the 30 yr gaf's for almost all the beach house projects we do In Mass and Rhode Island The secret is hurricane nailing these PROPERLY Around the beach use white or light colors if possible The withstand the heat better Heat is the enemy here If your going to have it done wait till the ambient temps are in the 50's or above with sun This is so they lay flat and seal up quickly This is the key to longevity with the Architec shingles We do alot of roofing from spring till late fall and try not to do it in the winter
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