While there’s no denying the beauty of cedar shake shingles, they do have some major disadvantages. In order to keep them looking their best, they require frequent cleaning, as organic debris can trap moisture, encouraging decay. In addition, many insurance companies look disapprovingly at cedar shake roofs because they pose a fire hazard. As the shingles age, they are prone to warping and splitting. The installation cost of a cedar shake roof also is substantially more than an asphalt roof.
When Stacy invited us out to her 23-year-old home for a complimentary roofing estimate, she was concerned that her cedar shake roof had reached the end of its lifespan. When our roofing expert climbed on the roof for a visual inspection, he noted that there was curling, cupping, and splitting of many of the shakes. Left unaddressed, this would lead to roof leaks. Ultimately, Stacy decided to have our craftsmen replace her roof with GAF Timberline® AS II shingles. Here’s why they were such an excellent choice for her Hennepin county home.
Aesthetics: While the average roof is 17 squares, at 40 squares, Stacy’s was notably larger. This made it imperative that the shingles she selected be an eye-catching color and style. GAF Timberline® AS II shingles proved to be an excellent choice. They are manufactured with proprietary shadow bands that generate a refined design. Weathered wood was the color Stacy opted for, as it closely emulated the appearance of cedar shakes. The shingles also come with GAF’s proprietary StainGuard® protection. This patented technology wards off unattractive algae from growing on the roof, something that was a genuine concern with her previous cedar shake roof.
Potential for Insurance Savings: Shingles with a Class 4 rating from Underwriters Laboratory earn the distinction of being impact-resistant. In other words, the shingles have been deemed better able to withstand hail damage than ordinary shingles. Insurance companies frequently offer discounts for this characteristic because the probability of them having to pay out for storm damage is lessened. Equally as appealing is the fact that the GAF Timberline® AS II shingles have earned the highest possible wind rating due to the Dura Grip™ Adhesive used on the shingles.
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Warranty: One aspect of GAF roofing that makes it a true leader in the marketplace is that it’s accompanied with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty. Even more impressive is that the warranty covers both labor and materials, effectively making it the last roof that Stacy will ever purchase.
Upon conclusion of the project, Stacy offered the following compliments, “I’m very pleased with our new GAF roofing system installed by Lindus Construction. We received excellent communication and service throughout the entire process!”