Does the Brand of Roofing Shingles Really Matter?
There are many brands of roofing shingles in the market. The task of choosing which brand to go with can be confusing because of the variety. The brand you choose will determine the quality of roofing shingles you will get. GAF and CertainTeed are examples of quality shingle manufacturers. The CertainTeed shingles may differ from the GAF on grade. Although the shingles’ brand matters, there are more important things that you need to look for when purchasing.
When choosing a contractor, ensure you have selected the best for quality. It doesn’t matter whether the shingles are of high or low quality. If the contractor lacks installation knowledge, the shingles won’t last. An experienced contractor will install the roofing shingles properly. Check the contractor’s review and how long they have been in the industry. It is also essential to know the type of shingles a contractor can install. A contractor may specialize in one while another can do all kinds of installation. Below are the types of shingles you can consider purchasing:
- Designer shingles.
- Three-tab shingles
- Architectural shingles.
Manufacturers choose the features to focus on when producing shingles. Quality manufacturers will ensure their shingles are impact, wind, and fire-resistant. Some manufacturers have thicker shingles, while others make thinner once. Color is an essential factor to consider to choose one that compliments your building. The shingle grade should also is a feature you should check. The CertainTeed shingles have three levels that are Landmark, Landmark, and Landmark premium. The best quality is the Landmark premium. Choose a brand that offers various features to be easier to select the kind of shingles you want.
A warranty provides coverage on manufacturing defects or against the product at a certain period. Typically shingle warranty lies between 20 and 50 years. Choosing a brand with extended time coverage ensures the manufacturer will cater to the roofing needs within that period. Some brands will also offer artistry warranty for error and faults coverage in the craft. Most of these warranties have a duration of 10 years. Enquire whether the contract is transferrable in case of selling your house.
Apart from having a warranty, it would be best to choose a brand with a roof maintenance plan. Repair and maintenance of roofs should be done at least twice a year. The repair requirement is a recommendation from the National Roofing Contractors Association. Check with a manufacturer and know the types of maintenance contract options they offer. There are three types of maintenance plan which are;
1. A contract for debris removal, drain and gutter cleaning, full inspection, roof survey, medium general repairs, and Report.
2. A contract involving regular visits by the contractor, visual inspection, gutter and drain cleaning, and receiving a report.
3. A contract for small general repairs, visual inspection, debris removal, drains, and gutter cleaning, and a description.
Choose the type of plan you want and consider a manufacturer that will provide you with maintenance services. Regular repair and maintenance will make your roof last longer. A manufacturer that offers maintenance services is the best because he understands the products better and needs to be in good shape. The cost of maintenance will be reasonable compared to choosing a different brand to do the work.
Giron Roofing recommends using CertainTeed shingles. CertainTeed is a quality brand that has been offering quality shingles to its clients for a long time. The roofing shingles are provided at an affordable price and have great warranty and maintenance plan options.