Every project is different! Whether it’s the location of the property, design of the home, color of exterior facade (brick, siding, cedar), or the homeowner’s intentions. The benefits of being in business for 30 years is knowing that ALL client’s are as unique as their projects ;). These two reasons alone are why we offer different roofing systems instead of utilizing a single manufacturer (what happens if there’s a recall?).
The benefit’s of our multi-verse manufacturer relationships and product awareness positions us to educate/advise you to make the best decision. We understand it’s not your duty to read shingle reviews, industry trends, or be cognitive of breakthrough innovation, because that’s our job. So, we went ahead and featured our top 3 roofing systems that we suggest and are common for our clients throughout the Chicagoland area/ Northwest Indiana.
1. The most complete roofing system:
GAF Timberline Golden Pledge roofing system: $$
The benefit’s of the “golden pledge” system is its durability, entire system warranty, and being created by GAF’s who happens to be one of the largest producer of roofing product’s in North America. GAF’s research and development have not only created an industry leading asphalt shingle (1st line of watershed defense), but innovative, top of the market accessories to compliment the system. This roofing system comes with a 50-year non-prorated product warranty, 25- year workmanship warranty, and GAF will complete a review of the installation. The best part only 2% of contractor’s in North America can offer such a warranty.
What’s in system?
- GAF Timberline Shingles
- GAF Weatherwatch (Ice & Water shield)
- GAF Deck Armor (Synthetic underlayment with permeability ratings)
- GAF Starter course, GAF Snow Country Ridge Vent, GAF Cobra intake system
- GAF Timbertex Ridge Caps (Heavy duty ridge caps)
2017: Total Roofing GAF Timberline shingles roof’s: 45 properties with 0 complaints
2. A windy location, farm lot roofing system
Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration roofing system: $$
We love the OC Duration shingle because of the Surenail technology (OC Patented) that’s been incorporated within the main component: the asphalt shingle. The Surenail technology strip (show in the photo) reinforces the roofing nails & strengthens the bonding agent by its fabric woven technology. The 130 mph wind rating with a 6 nail installation is why we recommend this for farm houses, 12/12 pitches, mansard roofs, or properties that are located near wind tunnels. Similar to GAF, Owens Corning offers a full line of accessories that are quality and efficient formulating a cohesive roofing system.
What’s in a system?:
- Owens Corning TruDuration Shingles
- Owens Corning ProArmor Synthetic Underlayment
- Owens Corning Weatherlock (Ice & Water shield)
- Owens Corning ridge ventilation, starter course
- Owens Corning ProEdge ridge caps
2017: Total Roofing Owens Corning roof’s: 90 properties with 0 complaints
3. Color’s & Transparency
TAMKO Heritage Architectural System: $
What does TAMKO mean? Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. This manufacturer is located in Joplin, Missouri. We love this manufacturers color options and product transparency with their 30 year product warranty. It’s uncommon to constantly review your roof’s color, unless you strongly dislike the existing one. The benefit of this manufacturer is the well versed color schematics and varying colors from competitors. We thoroughly enjoy this company for not following the industry trend of “lifetime warranties” and standing by their 30 year warranty mark. This shingle has a 15-year non-prorated product warranty with depreciating after 30 years (which is still a strong warranty).
What’s in a system?
- TAMKO Heritage architectural shingles
- TAMKO Heritage starter course
- TAMKO Ice & Water and underlayment
- TAMKO ridge caps.
2017: Total Roofing TAMKO Heritage: 50 properties with 0 complaints
Other roofing system & product’s we install: Owens Corning Oakridge, CertainTeed Landmark Pro’s, IKO cambridge, and Atlas Pinnacle. These product’s all have a time and place. For instance, we will install a number of Atlas Pinnacle in treed lots or near lakes because of their formulated copper granules technology, which deters algae, life organism’s from growing on the shingles (That yucky green moss!)
Our final notes: Keep in mind every contractor offers a varying level of accessories (#15 lb felt – STOP IT ALREADY), but we listed the above system components you should REQUEST INFORMATION ON. Yes, a complete manufacturer systems tend to cost more than a piece by piece system, but trust the manufacturer’s suggestion. They advertise those warranties when you utilize their components, because do you think a Honda would really be a Honda with a Mazda motor?
The last bit of advice,is that these systems are only as good as their installer’s. Do NOT SPEND THE MONEY on these top products if you’re getting a below the industry standard “workmanship warranty” on the installation (Anything less than 3 years is concerning). An analogy would be like buying a Corvette Stingray and not using premium fuel or synthetic oil. That beautiful vehicle will be breaking down much sooner than your monthly payments!
I hope this article may help you or provide some insight,