Asphalt Shingles For New England House: Appropriate Weight Or Thickness Recommendations ?


Hello:
What would be your recommendation for the appropriate "weight" (or it specified by thickness, or...?) for a 3-Tab Asphalt shingle to be used for a residence re-shingling job in New England ?
Want to know what I should be discussing with contractors.
Any brands considered "best" these days ? Or, any to stay away from ?
Thanks, B.
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Bad roofer test: Ask if they think the cricket is sufficient. Watch the guy's face carefully, and don't give him any hints, like mentioning the word "chimney". If he gets a blank look on his face, give him a lollipop and send him on his way. (See link below if YOU don't know what a cricket is).
If you have bathroom fans vented to the outside, and they're like mine (done wrong, duct attached to normal roof vent using spit and wire), as for his recommendations. Again, look for signs of mental collapse, and have lollipop handy. There are special vents specifically for fan ducts. Two roofers I spoke to couldn't describe them, or suggest ANYTHING on the subject.
http://www.hometips.com/articles/homenclature/chimney_cricket.html
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Any of the major brands will be very good. I'd worry more about the installer, less about the brand. Why 3 tab? The 3 tab are usually the bottom of the line. Labor cost for installing a good shingle over a lower cost one is about the same, so spend the money for a good 30 or 40 year architectural from GAF, Certainteed, etc. You can check out their web pages for more information.
Picking a roofer can be a daunting task. Word of mouth is often the best way to find one. If there is a local guy that has been doing roofs in your town for 25 years, he is probably a good bet. Slick full page ads in the phone book mean nothing. Talk to the neighbors that have had theirs done recently. .
If you are in the Rhode Island area, these guys did my warehouse, a $60,000 job. http://www.weismanroofing.com/ Fast, clean, professional.
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I vote with Edwin. The additional cost of 30 or 40 years shingles over 25 year is a small fraction of the total cost. Heavier is better.
The achitecural style shingle also looks a whole lot better.
Harry K
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Talk to your neighbors or if you have a small local hardware store ask there, most people won't reccomend an idiot. As for shingles 3 tab shingles are the minimum and the built up ones are a lot nicer. Elk Prestique is a good one so are GAF Timberline ultras. The package will tell you the weight per square.
As for crickets? In New England very few chimneys exit below the peak of the rook and a cricket is not required. The space would just fill up with snow and ice.
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