Short cuts: Certainteed
Landmark "TL" Ultimate
Northwest XL -"ar"
Mountain Ridge Caps
Vented RidgeCrest Caps
Other pages with info
regarding shingle roofs:
why are they important under shingles?
Shingle choices can be segregated into a decision
between good, choice, better choice, and best choice. It will depend on
your budget range, style of shingle chosen, and desired thickness and
Once that decision is made you have more choices.
First, underlayments which are an integral necessity to hold the weather
out, as all shingles from all manufacturers are just water-shedding
devices, not waterproofing as is commonly believed. Stormy or incessant
weather will allow water to ingress below the shingles, and the
underlayment then goes to work to direct the water off the roof below
the shingles. Like shingles you have "cheap stuff", good stuff, better
stuff, and best choices. The best choice for your roof may not be the
expensive stuff, it depends on regional weather conditions, pitch
or slope of roof, and the shingle chosen.
Next choice will be flashings, and drip edges. Choose
wisely for our regional weather, and we have choices we will suggest
that the typical roofers will try to leave off the roof.
Next is ventilation. All roofing materials need to be
installed on a well ventilated attic space, but all asphalt shingles
demand meeting or exceeding the building code criteria for venting. It
is the single most common reason for warranties to be voided, as the
shingle manufacturer insists on their shingles not getting "cooked" on a
hot attic space.
A building needs to have air drawn in through soffit
venting into the attic space below the roof, and an equal amount of air
needs to be exhausted out through roof vents. Typically plastic or metal
square vents we call static vents are used, at least in the past. The
better way is to vent out through ridge vents hidden under the ridge
caps. Alternatives include Whirlybird style Turbine Vents, Power Vents,
and sometimes vents installed into the gables (not as efficient). Our
local area requires at least 144 square inches of intake plus 144 square
inches of exhaust, MINIMUM, for every 600 square feet of attic space
under the roof. This minimum requirement means one requires at least 3
static vents or 12 lineal feet of ridge vent for every 600 square feet
of attic. Always try to exceed this minimum, and some shingle
manufacturers will require double this formula for their long term
warranties to be valid and in effect.
Next, but definitely not least, is your choice of
ridge and hip capping. One can fold over simple ridge units over the
ridge to affect a waterproof roof, but this is a poor, cheap,
unfortunate look for a home. It can actually spoil the appearance of
really nice or really thick shingles. The western region often uses what
is called EZ Ridge 10" wide shake look ridge to create a more
interesting look. But the ultimate look is to raise up EZ RIDGE 10", or
Mountain Ridge 10" caps, up on to a continuous installation of Trim-Line
9" Rigid Vent. It deals with the venting issue on most homes, while
delivering an outstanding high definition high profile look to both the
hips and the ridges of the roof. The curb appeal is wonderful, and this
works well with medium thickness shingles as well as thick and super
thick shingles. View
designer ridge caps page for some of our suggestions. Another great
way to achieve this is with our new Vented Ridgecrest caps. They are a
one piece cap and vent unit built into one. With one pass the roofer can
install both the caps and the vent at the same time which saves him
time. The end look creates one of our ultimate roof-scaping effects, and
we love to install this on the hips as well, for outstanding curb appeal,
and outstanding noticeable definition.
Finally, while one is designing and then later getting
installed a new roof system, there is no better time to add new
skylights, change out old skylights, or upgrade to opening and fresh air
Our best skylight line is called Velux skylights. They
were originally designed and built in Europe, but now offer Canadian and
American manufactured skylights. They are energy star rated, energy
efficient, finely built, and can come with a leak free guarantee. They
include many sizes, both fixed models and opening style, they have
manual openers as well as electric openers, and now offer tubular sun
tunnels as well. Some models have built in wood work and curbs ready to
install, while they also have units that mount onto existing curbs
already installed on your roof. Accessories include blinds, solar
shades, venetians, sun block shades, rain sensors, flashing kits, and
electric controls both wall mounted and remote controlled.
Bring in the outside beauty and light into your inner
home environment. The architectural beauty is outstanding. Getting rid
of hot air from in your home vented out through opening skylights is a
"cheap" way to air condition your home naturally. The roofer can easily
install a skylight into the roof while doing the roofing. The finishing
into the inside of a home is usually simple, and most handymen or
carpenters can take care of this final part of the work.
A Velux Sun Tunnel is another way to bring light into
the home. For those that just want free light, but are not interested in
the architectural interest of the skylight shaft inside the home, a Sun
Tunnel is an easy fixture to install from the roof, through the attic,
and into the ceiling of your rooms below the roof. See
www.Velux.ca for more
The Showrooms in
this section display a wide selection of asphalt fiberglass shingle
styles currently available from a variety of key shingle manufacturers.
The choices will include much more than colour and
patterns. Although most shingles made today come with reasonably long
warranties, the real issue is thickness, texture, and weight.
Shingles that are thinner and lighter will blow off
the roof in stormy conditions much easier than thicker and heavier
shingles. If you are looking for a roofing shingle that will let you
sleep at night during those stormy rainy nights, we seriously advise
everyone to look at mid-weight and heavier weight shingles as their
better roofing choice.
Please see this important consumer and
contractor advisory message about the
2011 industry wide
shingle warranty changes (please click on this link) that has
renamed all "30" year shingles to Limited Lifetime Warranty. No shingle
manufacturers made their shingle better, they don't expect them to last
any longer, some even made their shingles thinner, and NONE of them
expect their shingles to last a "lifetime". You need to read this
section if you are in any way considering asphalt shingles for your
roof. BUYER BEWARE ! Caveat emptor !
Today's least expensive and most often chosen shingles
are called laminated shingles. The lowest "warranty" version to day
called a "30" year. Sounds like a long time to many consumers. Please
remember that the "game" that various shingle manufacturers have been
playing is upping their warranties to make the product "appear" better,
while in fact they have made no improvements since they called the same
shingles a 20 year or a 25 year. Some of these "marketing games" were
created by shingle manufacturers that were in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Protection, where a long term view about warranty liability was probably
not a priority.
This category of shingles, the "30 year" fiberglass
laminated shingles is a price driven commodity. We consider most "30
year" laminates a "builder's grade" shingle. Like builder's grade
carpet, the builders and many roofers are looking for as cheap a product
that they can get their hands on, to save money or make more
profit. It's not a quality discussion, but rather a price discussion. So
the manufacturers of this category of shingles are challenged to lower
the cost of their 30 year shingles to meet this criteria , while still
managing to "pass" the minimum requirements to meet local building
To cheapen an asphalt fiberglass laminated shingles,
the manufacturer has very few choices in reducing his costs. The
fiberglass matt can be thinned down, but the main way to save costs is
to reduce the weight of costly asphalt and coating ingredients. So
lighter weight and thinner shingles yields a cheaper shingle, but nets a
product that is minimal for storm resistance, weather resistance, and
overall quality. The whole point of the shingles is to keep water and
weather out of our homes, and the most important thing in a shingle is
the waterproofing asphalt bitumen. Logic and common sense tells us that
less of the "goo" is not a good thing, less asphalt does not make a
shingle better, and less asphalt and thinner shingles will not last as
long as thicker and heavier shingles with more asphalt.
So in areas that experience windy days, stormy
periods, lots of rain, wide temperature changes (cold to warm seasonal variations), we
don't believe that "30 year" laminated fiberglass shingles are a smart
choice. The roofers will suggest them as they are cheaper, or they will
make more profit on them, but instead it should be the homeowner's decision what
materials they want up on their all important roof, to defend their home
against the current weather, the worsening weather due to climate change
and global warming, and the worst of the weather that is expected from
time to time.
Aside from the weather resistance of the shingles,
they perform another extremely important function. The shingles you
choose for your home will contribute greatly to the overall look and
architectural appeal of the home. The thicker the shingles, the better
the texture and style, which will simply make your home look better. A
better looking home is worth more.
Curb appeal matters... 50 to 75% of
the look of your home is determined by the appearance, look, and style
of the roof.
The real estate market has changed. Only a few years
ago the property market was hot, and in that "sellers market" curb appeal
was not quite as important. We are currently back in a "buyers market" in
all of North America, and in Western Canada as well as the Pacific Northwest,
curb appeal now matters more than ever.
If you you home to sell quicker
than others, if you want your home to stand out from the crowd, if you
want to maximize how much you can sell your home for, then you will
really have to pay attention to your home's curb appeal. And one of the
easiest way to improve your home's curb appeal, is to invest in better
looking roofing materials. If you are changing your roof anyway, make
sure the materials you select will represent the value you wish your
home to portray.
So, in deciding on the curb appeal of shingles we like to classify shingles as
"thin" (the "30"
year), "medium", "thick", and "super-thick". An upgrade to medium thickness
shingles is not very much cost, but you immediately yield a significant
difference in wind resistance, and a modest difference in thickness.
Thick shingles will cost a little more, but it's a worthwhile investment
in great storm resistance, as well as good looking texture and style.
The various shingle showrooms you can enter into from
the buttons and links on the left, will show many photos and
informational editorials on the features, the benefits, and advantages
of a wide variety of shingles.
Some will be more "leak resistant" technology, some
will be super-thick with outstanding texture and architectural appeal.
Some will be good old fashioned good value, while others will create
realistic style simulations of real slate or wood shakes.
We are showing various brands, not to confuse you, but
rather to offer you a wide choice of styles and features, because in the
end it should be YOUR decision what you want to have crowning your home
... not the builder, not the roofer. We respect these professionals, but
you as the consumer need to be offered all your options and choices to
build a better looking, and a better performing roof system.