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  • How do I decide what shingle to choose?

    The choice of shingle is a personal one unless there are restrictive covenants in your area that make the choice for you. Often, storm damage leads to the homeowner asking this question. They don't just wake up and decide to change their roof. Usually, a big hail storm will have struck the Dallas Fort Worth area and now they are deciding what to choose, or perhaps a big storm has revealed leakage. The main concerns I see are:

    • Cost: for many people, this is of overriding importance to them. A three tab shingle will of course be the least expensive way to go, but will not have the curb appeal of a higher grade product.
    • Value: this is where other factors enter the equation. For most people, a shingle like the GAF Timberline will represent the best value with excellent long term wearability and good looks.
    • Color: "I saw a house that really had a great looking color on the roof; can you match it?" When I hear this, it usually means a homeowner saw a designer color roof that caught their eye.
    • Resale value: "I really do not want to spend much as I'm planning to sell soon." Look around at your neighbors' homes. If they have three tab roofs, it certainly will not make sense to put up a designer shingle in the neighborhood, and vice versa.
    • Insurance settlement: The insurance company will pay to restore your home to what it was. They will not pay for shingle upgrades.

    If you have questions, and you probably do, please feel free to call us or click on the contact form. We will be happy to help in any way we can.

    Should you choose nails or staples when reroofing your home?

      • WeatherPRO Roofing addresses whether to install a roof with nails or staples in Dallas, Plano, Mesquite, garland, Coppell, Richardson, TexasQuality does not happen by accident, but many accidents are caused by a lack of quality

        Both are approved by the roofing manufacturers

        Since both staples and nails are approved by some roofing manufacturers, you'd think that there would be no debate or argument over which one to choose or which one is better.
        Yet many high wind area codes specify nails, and for good reason. Nails hold the shingles on your roof down better than staples can.
        We tear off a good many roofs and it is certainly a joy to remove the stapled ones. They just peel off so easy in nice big layers, making the tearoff fast and relatively effortless. Nails are just plain tough. They have holding power because of their large diameter.
        Note: A roofer generally uses 1 1/4 inch nails for the field and 1 1/2 inch on the thicker ridge areas. And if you have exposed rafters, you'll need 1 inch nails so they don't protrude through (though you lose some holding power for the sake of beauty).

      • So why do so many people use staples today? I believe it is because they already own the staplers. Hand roofing staplers (whacker tackers) have been used for decades to quickly fasten down felt paper. The large air staplers like the Senco 1-1/2" Heavy Duty Wide Crown Roofing Staplers are still seeing a lot of use since staples are cheaper than nails. And, hey, in a perfect world, if the roof never sees winds over 60 mph and doesn't get enough rain to rust the small diameter staples, then they should work.

      • In Texas, we get some big winds...Some real big winds! So choosing to roof your home with nails makes sense.

      There is still an ongoing debate about hand nailing versus using a nail gun. We have done both. The argument against the nail gun is that once you set the gun pressure, it drives each nail with the same force, so if you hit a knot or something hard, it will not drive the nail deep enough. That would be a valid argument if the roofer wasn't also carrying a nailing hammer (termed a hatchet or an axe because of its shape) on his belt. Just as a hand nailer will have to hit the nail with a hammer, so shall the roofer with a nail gun. The question is, how often does this anomaly occur? In the real world, when nailing over OSB (oriented strand board), just not that often. The nail gun advocate will question how well the hand nailer can hit every nail. They are not perfect and some people handle a hammer better than others. The argument goes: if a nail gun hits a soft spot, it will drive the nail too deep. Surprise of surprises, the hand nailer often has the same problem. Hit a soft spot and odds are you may well be removing some shingles to find out why it is soft.

      • Here is what I believe. It is expensive to reroof a house. You don't want to do it often. The major costs are labor and materials. The use of nails should be the primary focus and they should be of the correct size. Another thing to think about long and hard is using more nails per shingle. In high wind areas, it is often code. The norm is 4 roof nails per shingle installed according to the diagram on the roofing package itself. Quality roofers are very aware of the pattern and adhere to it exactly. It is really not that difficult to follow the directions. 6 nails per shingle will increase the cost to install the roof and will be required in high wind areas and on very steep roofs. Once again, it is important to follow the nail pattern on the package.

      • Choose nails over staples and a competent roofer to install them and you will be happy.

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