New roof

Old 05-20-08, 09:05 AM
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New roof

Due to recent wind and hail damage, my insurance has graciously agreed to buy us a new roof. We intend to stay in this house for a long time.

The two estimates I've narrowed it down to both use the GAF/ELK Timberland shingles.

One will give me a 50 year Timberland Elite shingle and the other a 40 year Laminate Shingle.

Is their much difference in the two?

Also, what are some key questions to help me narrow down the right roofer? Type of nails, what they use on the flashings, or what?

Thanks for the help!
Old 05-20-08, 09:19 AM
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Check references. Look at their work. Ask questions of their previous clients. I located a good roofer by asking my picky neighbor who she used. Turned out to be a good decision.
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Based upon my review of various shingles, every manufacturer publishes installation recommendations/instructions and they are available online. Make sure the installer follows them and puts into its written quote that it will follow and adhere to manufacturer's published installation recommendations/instructions.

For example, see Owens Corning published installation recommendations/instructions in regard to its Duration Premium shingles:

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