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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.

    Why choose synthetic underlayment?
    Felt was good enough for my folks.

      • Underlayment choices for roofs in Dallas, Garland, Plano, Coppell, Richardson, Mesquite, Texas.Quality does not happen by accident, but many accidents are caused by a lack of quality

        Some things have improved over time

        Once upon a time in the not too distant past to us old timers, you had a choice of felt or felt and it came in one color, just like the old Ford Model "T": you could have any color you wanted, as long as it was black (Actually, I'm not that old). You could buy 15 pound or 30 pound felt and it actually weighed that (per square). Nowadays, felt is much lighter. It is no longer 15 pound or 30 pound felt, it is #15 or #30 felt paper and weighs much less. It is certainly easier to carry around on a roof, which is a good thing, but as for longevity... That is an entirely different matter. I try to install as little felt as is humanly possible.


      • Remember how I said some things have improved over time? Well, I don't think felt qualifies, but the new synthetic underlayments certainly do. Used to be, if you left a roll of #15 felt outside in Texas heat for a 2-3 months, you could just throw away half or more of it because it just became brittle and useless. That is not the case with synthetics. Most are warranted to stay out in the sun for six months. The synthetics are much stronger than felt paper, lay flatter, are safer for steep roofs, and just put a smile on your face. If anyone says they prefer felt, then challenge them to a campout where they get to make their tarp roof out of felt while you use synthetic. The challenge should be over in minutes as their felt rips to shreds. The new synthetics remind me of tarp material.

      • The choices available today are great. Even the inexpensive synthetics are very nice to use and produce great roofs. For full warranty advantages with GAF, you may have to use Tiger Paw or Deck Armor, which are awesome underlayments and an enormous improvement over felt paper. The Summit underlayment is less expensive and is a very nice underlayment. All the synthetics are installed with plastic caps, which are basically large plastic washers with a serrated nail fastener in the center. These underlayments are approved for Dade County Florida - in other words, hurricane rated. Try that with felt... Or not.

      Here is what I believe. If a big wind comes along and, heaven forbid, you lose some shingles, you will certainly give thanks for that synthetic underlayment attached with those plastic cap washers. You will have a much better chance of not sustaining water damage than a similar home with felt paper.

      I've often said, "Quality does not happen by accident, but many accidents are caused by a lack of quality."

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