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05:32PM | 09/07/02
I am going to have the roof re-shingled with an architectural or laminated product. I have quotes from several roofers that can do GAF Timberline, and one that can do GAF or Elk. Another could do any of several brands, including Certainteed.

Is one brand better than the others, or is it a matter of preference? GAF seems to be the most common in the midwest, but I don't assume that makes them the best.


04:59PM | 09/10/02
Member Since: 09/09/02
14 lifetime posts
The roofing whole seller that I use sell all three first choice is always certianteed...theres just something about that quality that its just head above the rest...Gaf puts out a good product also...has a great algee prohibitor in it and a good all around shingle....elk is the most exp of the three and in my personal exp is not worth it...the certianteed line will out preform it any windy day of the week.


05:04AM | 04/15/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
77 lifetime posts
I compared all three you are looking at when I did mine and I went with the certainteed presidential. I think it is very good. Out in the West, this seems like the preferred one however I believe those three are all pretty good. Make sure you do at least a #30lb felt to get more life out of the roof !


10:53AM | 04/16/03
Member Since: 01/03/03
97 lifetime posts
certainteed are great shingles and elk are in my opinion a bit better. They have tons of styles and colors, either one of those brands I think you will be happy with


05:18PM | 02/18/20
Certainteed shingles are notorious for going bald very quickly. GAF was a lower end shingle manufacturer that bought out the high end ELK company. Instead of bringing the GAF quality up to Elk standards they brought Elk down to GAF standards. As a roofing contractor in Oklahoma that sees thousands of roofs replaced yearly, we stay away from any of these brands UNLESS you go with the higher end Certainteed. Malarkie is hands down the best shingle on the market for wind and hail resistance. I actually had them on my roof when a tornado decided to take the whole thing off. I had every piece of decking ripped off along with rafters. The only shingles that were not still perfectly attached to the decking was the ridge. A tornado with 2 1/2" hail was no match for the quality. On a personal level, I highly recommend them. On a contractor level wanting to sell you a new roof every time the wind blows I recommend you go with GAF or Owens Corning because I know I'll be back in a couple of years to put more on your house.

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