[quote=“roof-lover”]When i choose a shingle,
I completely ignore what the manufacture says about themselves. I completely ignore thier warranty.
I ignore how long they say they have been in business.
I give them all an equal try, with no bias toward any of them. And i change my mind from year to year.
Why? because they all change factorys,formulas,suppliers,workers in order to maximize profit(or to just stay in business)
I have loved and hated just about all of them.
I love installing roofs. And what i pay attention too is how the product performs.
How does it look?
How does it install?
Does it feel thick in my hand.
Does it lay flat?
Does my nails shoot flush? or do they blast through the product?
Atlas performs in all these areas.
I am unsatisfied with their 3-tabs.(looks)
I am unsatisfied with their black shaddow (looks)
Love the burnt sienna,heatherblend, weatherwood and dove grey.
If i am selling the pinnacle, and they choose black shadow, then i insist on certainteed.
I dislike gafelk for several reasons.
Today they have attractive looks but their shingle is so thin, i just dont have any confidence in it.
THe apropriate nail line is too small and too wimpy in my opinion.
In the past i disliked elk because around 98 i saw entire neighborhoods failing(shingles falling out) where they were only 6-7 years old. All 7/8s, yes, the roofers sucked because of high-nailing but still!
And then trying to repair them were near impossible.
The bond holding the two peices together was too weak
and the bond holding a shingle to the next shingle was too strong, making it almost impossible to replace a shingle without destroying the shingle above it.
I dislike Tamko today(whom i used to love)
because of the way the nails sink into the product.
My two favorites(today) are Certainteed and Atlas.
I would use Owens Corning if i didnt have Certainteed or Atlas. I wish i could try Malarky.
Atlas 15# 226 rules. It has a purple label on it.
No felt is better and that includes 30#
Its better than the gorilla gaurd in my opinion.
The only advantage gorilla gaurd has is, it doesnt print the number 15# on it.[/quote]
Me? I’m a CertainTeed man myself.
They won me from Bird & Son and I was glad when they acquired them.