04:53AM | 10/22/04
Member Since: 03/23/04
14 lifetime posts
New home almost ready for shingles. Need advice on whether to upgrade to 40 yr. architectural shingles instead of 30 yr. that the contractor normally uses.

Roof is somewhat complex, a combination of multiple hips and gables at 8:12 pitch, probably about 48-50 square.

I'm 44 years old and would like to outlive instead of replacing roof. Is 40 yr. worth extra cost?


02:20PM | 10/30/04
Member Since: 12/11/03
18 lifetime posts
40 year-shingles are worth it. The majority of roofing costs is labor. Might as well put on a longer-life shingle.


03:35PM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 06/14/04
26 lifetime posts
The average life of a roof is 17 years. Ya hear that? 17 years!

Why? Well for many reasons. Owners get tired of a color. The house is sold. In my area the average length of ownership is 7 years.

I try to be honest with my customers and I even tell them, don't bother with the 40 year shingle. Any legitimate roofer, not trying to sell you anything will tell you the same thing.

Wait! Are you one of my customers? ;) Just kidding I never upsell the 40 year, if I am going to upsell I just go for the lifetime.



06:39AM | 11/07/04
Member Since: 03/23/04
14 lifetime posts
Does the average life of 17 yr. include poorly installed and/or poorly ventilated roofs? Is it reasonable to expect 30 years or more of life out of a 30 yr. shingle if it is installed properly, is well ventilated, has an 8:12 pitch, and is only in direct sun from 9:30am to 2:30pm?

My contractor comes highly recommended (several knowledgeable friends watching construction progress remarked on quality work) and I trust him to do a first rate installation. He actually tried to talk me out of the 40 year shingles. I will not be moving from this house and am willing to pay a little more now (about $900-$1000) rather than having the HUGE expense of re-roofing this when I'm on a retirement income.


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