tear off and new roof

Old 04-26-02, 08:42 PM
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tear off and new roof

Our 2nd layer of asphalt shingles is curlier than Shirley Temple's hair on the southern exposure of our roof. We know were in for a tear off and new roof this season. Does anyone have any comments on the quality and durability of shingle materials? What is better: a dimensional vs. 3-tab shingle? Fiberglass vs. asphalt? We live in SE Michigan--in other words, we experience temperature extremes (freezing in the winter to 90+ in the summers). 25 or 30 year shingle? Any brand recommendations (especially of interest since the particular shingle brand we now have has failed prematurely and is failing in our area at unusually high proportions)?

Any information to help us decide which product to use is greatly appreciated.
Old 04-27-02, 02:06 AM
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We have a large A-frame (ALL roof plus dormers on both sides)that we re-roofed in '91.
We went with a 40-year fiberglas architectural shingle called Celotex Presidential Shake.
It is double-bonded, goes on in 3.5" racks, five nails per tab (eight nails on the edge shingles), five bundles to the square. Had all roofing edges tarred down.
This house is on the waterfront of Albemarle Sound in coastal NC.
It's been through numerous gale-force storms, and several hurricanes, and we haven't lost a shingle.
There are a lot of good shingles out there, but this is one that I KNOW is good. They cost about $80/square for the shingles back then.
Good Luck!
Old 04-27-02, 06:45 PM
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One problem you may have is lack of ventilation on your home causing your shingles to curl. If its failing prematurley call the manufacturer and they will send a rep to inspect your roof and see if it is their product thats the reason for curling. I have found that in the northern part of the country Organic asphalt shingles are a better choice than fiberglass shingles. Fiberglass shingles tend to crack very easy in cold temperatures.

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