Professional contractors have since long been giving preference to GAF-Elk shingles, particularly their Timberline product line. It is rugged, dependable and comes with a lifetime limited warranty; no wonder then that the company claims it to be the # 1-selling architectural shingles in North America.
Checking out at the official website of GAF-Elk would obviously bring out the same information but I was bent upon finding more before choosing their Timberline shingles for the roofing project of my home. A chance click showed me a press release that helped me make up my mind. GAF-Elk has received the ‘Partners of Choice’ award from David Weekly Homes for the fourth year in a row. David Weekly Homes happens to be the second largest privately held builder in USA.
Coming back to my roofing project and GAF-Elk shingles, what appealed to me was the natural shadow effect of Timberline shingles. A visit to their website brought me to a page where they had listed accredited contractors. If I was to choose one of those whom the manufacturer calls ‘Certified Master–Elite’ I could get an improved warranty that covered the installation as well as the shingles. I had a better choice now; instead of having to depend upon a local contractor, I could now choose one who was backed by the makers of GAF-Elk shingles, something that ensured that if anything went wrong even during installation, I could always complain to the company.
One of the certified contractors gave me a good deal. My roof is 1200 square feet and the estimate I got from the contractor was around $5,000 and another $1,500 for an energy start upgrade. It has been two years now that I got the new roofing done with Timberline Cool Series and we have had our share of storms. I am happy to say that the claims made by the company that their shingles stay in place has proved to be totally correct. We have had storms measuring up to 100 mph and we have not had any problem with the roofing.
If you need a roof replacement, I would suggest that you keep in mind that roofs are the biggest nightmares for your heating and cooling systems. A poorly insulated roof will only increase your energy bills as you will need more air-conditioning in summers and more heating in winters. You can also forget about any dreams of living in the attic with a roof that is not properly insulated. This is exactly why I opted for energy rated GAF-Elk shingles.
Simply choosing the right material reduced my home’s energy needs by almost thirty percent. I actually compared my previous electricity bills with the new ones after installing Timberline Cool Series. Cool roofs reflect light and high temperature instead of absorbing them. This is the albedo effect or reflection coefficient measured on a scale from zero for no reflecting power of a perfectly black surface, to 1 for perfect reflection of a white surface. Installing energy star rated GAF-Elk shingles may also get you tax credits up to $1,500.