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Getting a new roof - Any advice or words of wisdom?


By mcluvin

4 months ago



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    #51 3 months ago

    Lolol love it

    Unfortunately gaf used to be good but close to 10 years ago they took a lot of weight out of their shingles and since have been the thinnest shingle on the market.

    A lot of guys stopped using them after this.

    Also gaf was first to switch to ltd lifetime warranties instead of 30,40 and 50 year shingle warranties. That one really pissed me off too. Was a lot easier to explain warranties with a defined year on it.

    #52 3 months ago
    Quoted from extraballingtmc:

    Also gaf was first to switch to ltd lifetime warranties instead of 30,40 and 50 year shingle warranties. That one really pissed me off too. Was a lot easier to explain warranties with a defined year on it.

    The manufacturer warranties are pretty much BS, though anyway because most will prorate and not pay for re-installation in a large failure. Lots of horror stores on the internet.

    In areas with extreme weather (where we are 110-120+ degree summers are the norm) the actual life of the roof is about half what the manufacturer says. We bought a 40 year comp roof when we built our house (upgraded from the standard 20 included with the house price) back when they were still putting years on it. The 20s in our neighborhood lasted 10 before they started shedding and our 40 started shedding noticibly last year at 20 years old. Then we had a huge hailstorm last year with giant hail I've never seen in CA. Insurance is buying us a new roof.

    Been through all the same confusifications as the OP with this process. Ruled out GAF right off the bat. Looked at Owens-Corning and Certainteed came across a local roofer with good ratings that's big on Malarkey. After looking at their lines, we're likely going with the Malarkey Windsor, but the contract's not signed yet.

    #53 3 months ago

    Based on my research, roofers really seem to like Malarkey. I can’t get them in Florida.

    #54 3 months ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    Based on my research, roofers really seem to like Malarkey. I can’t get them in Florida.

    Yeah, I don't understand why some roofing materials are regional. Maybe because of the hurricanes in FL, Malarkey doesn't want the headaches for claims?

    #55 3 months ago
    Quoted from vireland:

    Yeah, I don't understand why some roofing materials are regional. Maybe because of the hurricanes in FL, Malarkey doesn't want the headaches for claims?

    Distribution centers are expensive; they just haven’t gotten to the point where they want to / can expand. I’m sure it will happen if they are that popular

    #56 3 months ago
    Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

    Distribution centers are expensive; they just haven’t gotten to the point where they want to / can expand. I’m sure it will happen if they are that popular

    It's just weird that they're available pretty much everywhere in the south and southeast, but when you get to Alabama, Georgia, Florida - nothing. Makes it seem like it's a weather-related decision by Malarkey to stay out of that region.

    https://malarkeyroofing.com/where-to-buy

    Set the range to 400 miles and try Atlanta GA or Orlando FL. Then try Dallas TX or Omaha NE. Massive difference in availability.

    #57 3 months ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    I'm trying to decide between GAF and Certainteed for an asphalt shingle re-roof. A couple of the estimators have told me I've got enough wind damage to likely file a successful insurance claim for a new roof. A number of my neighbors have successfully done just that in the last few months (mostly using the GAF roofer).
    I'm leaning towards the Certainteed Landmark vs. GAF Timberline HD for the shingles. The GAF roofer offers a 2-year workmanship warranty, which I know sucks. They also mostly use contractors to do the work. The larger Certainteed roofer offers 5 years standard and is Select certified. They tell me most of their workers are employees, but they sometimes use contractors. The smaller Certainteed roofer is not Select certified but offers a 7-year workmanship warranty.
    My head is spinning with all the little details.

    get a solar roof. If insurance is paying part and you get a big tax credit, I’d be all over the that.

    #58 3 months ago
    Quoted from paynemic:

    get a solar roof. If insurance is paying part and you get a big tax credit, I’d be all over the that.

    I dunno where he is, but the energy companies have been lobbying like crazy (and in many cases succeeding) to take away incentives for solar roof installations in CA and NV. Also, cities like mine protect the city owned electric plant by removing/reducing rebates for solar and not approving 100% solar installations so you still have to buy some electricity from the city. It's lame and should be illegal. Strictly a play by traditional old energy companies to keep their game going just a little longer.

    #59 3 months ago
    Quoted from vireland:

    I dunno where he is, but the energy companies have been lobbying like crazy (and in many cases succeeding) to take away incentives for solar roof installations in CA and NV. Also, cities like mine protect the city owned electric plant by removing/reducing rebates for solar and not approving 100% solar installations so you still have to buy some electricity from the city. It's lame and should be illegal. Strictly a play by traditional old energy companies to keep their game going just a little longer.

    See also: oil companies, tobacco companies...

    #60 3 months ago
    Quoted from paynemic:

    get a solar roof. If insurance is paying part and you get a big tax credit, I’d be all over the that.

    I'm in Florida. I love the idea of it, but it just doesn't work for me. A little over $62K before ~$11K in tax credits and that doesn't count over $13K for 2 power walls. This is probably not my forever home. I know insurance gets more expensive with a big solar roof install as well. Based on Tesla estimates, which I'm sure are generous, I recoup the cost of the roof + power walls in a little over 21 years (not factoring the insurance premium, or maintenance/parts).

    Does anyone really believe those power walls are gonna last 21 years?

    #61 3 months ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    I'm in Florida. I love the idea of it, but it just doesn't work for me. A little over $62K before ~$11K in tax credits and that doesn't count over $13K for 2 power walls. This is probably not my forever home. I know insurance gets more expensive with a big solar roof install as well. Based on Tesla estimates, which I'm sure are generous, I recoup the cost of the roof + power walls in a little over 21 years (not factoring the insurance premium, or maintenance/parts).
    Does anyone really believe those power walls are gonna last 21 years?

    Yeah. I was just hoping that with insurance covering the cost of a normal replacement, maybe it would pencil out.

    And powerwalls probably won’t last that long. Until they get the million mile battery in them!

    #62 3 months ago
    Quoted from paynemic:

    Yeah. I was just hoping that with insurance covering the cost of a normal replacement, maybe it would pencil out.
    And powerwalls probably won’t last that long. Until they get the million mile battery in them!

    I'm always keeping an eye on it. We need a breakthrough in efficiencies with the batteries and the panels.

    2 months later
    #63 18 days ago

    How did the new roof work out for you?

    #64 18 days ago

    Steel if your staying in the house for some time.

    Cardboard and snot for a quick sale.

    #65 18 days ago
    Quoted from Pinballsoul:

    Steel if your staying in the house for some time.

    I had metal roofs put on my house and all my rental houses. They look awesome!

    #66 18 days ago
    Quoted from Pinzap:

    How did the new roof work out for you?

    Still waiting. They didn't pre-allocate my shingles, then Covid started impacted the manufacturer so there are supply issues. They are expected to arrive this week though.

    Thankfully no hurricanes have hit and we dodged a tornado in August.

    #67 16 days ago

    Roofers are ripping off the old roof now. Hopefully the weather cooperates.

    #68 16 days ago

    Roof goes on top.

    But for real advice, work from home and keep an eye on it. A friend had his roof done a couple years ago and the roofers eyeballed everything instead of snapping lines. None of the shingles lined up. It might not sound like much, but it's very distracting to look at a roof that nothing lines up on.

    #69 13 days ago
    Quoted from EvanDickson:

    Roof goes on top.
    But for real advice, work from home and keep an eye on it. A friend had his roof done a couple years ago and the roofers eyeballed everything instead of snapping lines. None of the shingles lined up. It might not sound like much, but it's very distracting to look at a roof that nothing lines up on.

    There wasn't any snapping lines with this one, but it looks good. My neighbor just had her roof done with Owens Corning Duration shingles. They look so much better with regard to color, but they weigh so much less.

    It took 3 days and we got really lucky with the weather. This weekend will be a test I'm sure...

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