Please note that after the windstorm of April 4, there has been a tremendous amount of calls for repairs and full roof quotes. We have serviced most or all of the urgent repairs and have set quotes for full roof replacement as low priority until the holes in people's roofs have been patched up. Just as the mayhem comes to an end and homeowners are safe again, the weather makes quoting something of a futile quest. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE to measure roofs in situations of high winds or rain, or on top of roofs that have snow or ice sitting on them. If you have requested a quote for full roof replacement, you are on a very long list of people who have. We are making attempts to shorten the wait time by enlisting help from a blueprint service which provides enough information about your roof on which to base an estimate. Please be patient, and observe the weather. If you're in a rush, please know that if we can't quote in this weather, we cannot replace your roof in this weather either so there is no rush to have all your quotes in before the ice and snow has melted. You still have time to make a decision. Roof work will commence when safer conditions prevail. Thank you for your patience.
After seeing and servicing what feels like hundreds of houses in the Durham area following the wind storm of April 4, I verified with my crew and partner last nigt what brands of shingles were observed and in neeed of replacing.. None of us came across a CertainTeed shingle. Not a one. That is not to say that it is not possible or that it did not happen anywhere. We just did not see it. And we saw A LOT!
The three tab shingle should have been the only type of asphalt shingle coming off the roof, really. I believe the winds reached a ceiling at about 83kph, last I heard. I could be completely off. I did not monitor the weather network, I just opened my front door and said, HOLY S***, IT'S WINDY!
If you've lost lifetime (50 year) shingles, it's because your roofing crew did not nail your shingles in the right spot (we've observed a relatively small occurrence of these). Chances are the shinglers were prioritizing speed over accuracy. It makes the other shinglers marvel in their super fast glory (not at all), and it allows the crew to quickly move on to the next roof.
I have heard and read comments about the quality of materials and the speculation that metal roofs may be better. I always mention the wind ratings of our shingle products when comparing lifetime to 25 year, especially when I believe the former is more suitable to a homeowner's needs. It's 130mph versus 60mph. Again, the lifetimes performed well. There is no need to spend 4 times as much getting a metal roof and sticking out like a sore thumb in your suburban neighborhood (unless you are into that sort of thing). I'm not against metal roofs. I just see them in neighborhoods where they look misplaced. I tell people all the time that lifetime means 50 years regardless of the product (metal or shingle). To be clear, metal lasts 50 years. Lifetime shingles last 50 years. Both seemed to have held up really well as per our findings in the last 4 days.
Now, I need to mention, again, that I do not get paid to plug CertainTeed. I just proudly install their shingles because we do not get callbacks for blow-offs (well.. we had one or two by homeowners that did not heed our warning to upgrade to a lifetime which would have prevented that). All shingles are nailed but not all of them seal the same. The seal is what will save you in a wind storm. It stops the shingle from flapping up violently during high winds, and ripping off. I know, someone has mentioned, that they buy Canadian products only but I'm gonna call them out on that one. Unless you wear Roots, drive a GM, shop at local farms instead of the supermarket, etc,,, I think you're lying. Just sayin. It's okay if you desire the best quality goods at a comparable or same price, even if it comes from somewhere else. It's going to happen at some point in your life. All of the Canadian furnishings under your roof should be well protected.
Here's the skinny on full coverage paper, as we see it. Some roofing contractors will offer full coverage at no additional cost. If you are using some particular shingle brands, full deck coverage is REQUIRED for roofs with pitches under 8/12 in order to validate the warranty. In essence, if there is a failure and full coverage paper was not applied, shingle manufacturers will claim that full coverage is instructed right on the packaging, and now this is the reason your roof has failed and it is your problem alone. Neither building code nor CertainTeed shingle manufacturer, our manufacturer of choice, require full deck underlayment. In other words, if your roof fails, they will not look for "outs", saying, "well... you didn't put down paper first". While they'd love to upsell you into the idea of a super premium roof (and they do offer premium underlayment products), they know their shingles stand alone. And I know right now you're thinking, why wouldn't I want the free extra anyway, just to get more value for my buck??
Here are some things to consider when a contractor offers you full underlayment: What is the breathability of the paper? Will it TRAP MOISTURE escaping from my attic INTO MY ROOF DECK? Are these the very shingle manufacturers that underwent class action law suits for producing defective recycled organics and now they're trying to sell more cheap, unnecessary material??? Did my roof deck previously have full coverage underlayment? If the system isn't broke, should we fix it? And for some final food for thought, ask your roofer, does your underlayment cost $60 per roll, or does it cost $200 per roll? TAKE IT FROM A PRO, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. You get what you pay for. I know roofs will not be the most exciting purchase in your lifetime, but it's a substantial purchase in the maintenance of your home, your investment. What does YOUR roof need? Why would I need something in addition to the shingles covering my roof? Shingles are DESIGNED to shed water. You can't paper your roof alone and leave it there for 25 to 50 years. If you're relying on paper, then Houston, we definitely have a problem!
To this point, I must mention the reason why we choose our product. (Disclaimer: we do not get any kickbacks for promoting them). CertainTeed has always used fiberglass in their shingles. Their asphalt quality is evident when handling them compared to their competitors, the error in their cuts is smaller than that of their competitors (ie. more attractive install). Further, they have a patented tar line seal that strongly glues shingles down in addition to the nails that fasten them to your roof. This way, they do not lift up and flap in winds. AND THE MAJOR REASON WE USE THEM: we have never had problems with clients calling back with issues. If you've ever dealt with warranties, there is a lot involved in working with the claims department. They require you to take pictures of the inside of your attic (insulation and soffit ventilation), pictures of all facets of the roof from both far and close up. They also want to see how much ventilation you have (roof vents). They want to know what is the square footage of your roof. They want you to remove and submit two shingles from atop your roof, etc, etc. You're jumping through hoops to make absolute sure that they are entirely at fault. And what do you get after possibly months of back and forth with them? A percentage (the life expectancy that was not delivered) of shingle material costs. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE labor, disposal, etc. Surprise! You're still looking at thousands of dollars on a roof you didn't expect to purchase for several years. To further add insult, they will offer you a coupon for some more of their crappy product. To be honest, I'd rather install a better quality shingle for my client so that she or he does not call me in ten years, saying that her (or his) shingles are burnt out or not meeting wind ratings. THAT is why we choose what we believe is the best product that we have available to us. We don't install yucky roofs. We take pride in what we do and how we do it.
Owner, President of Durham Region Roofing Ltd. I, myself, have been roofing since 2006. I learned everything from my partner, who has been in the industry for over twenty years. Although my partner is the main decision maker in the field, I have made sure that I maintain extensive knowledge of the roofing industry because I realize that, as a woman, I must prove myself to be as good or better than my male counterparts and because as an owner, it is my business to know my field. My major contribution is my commitment to excellent customer service and ethical business practices, although my partner shares this view with me as well.