How you can keep costs down on a new roof

August 1, 2009 11:57:42 PM PDT
Replacing a roof can cost thousands of dollars, but if you're dealing with leaks and insects - not replacing it can prove even more costly.Dennis Bates, Roofer, said "When I do a repair job, it's only a temporary fix. It's only a Band-Aid. You know, there's no guaranteeing it."

The roof is being replaced with laminated asphalt shingles like the ones on the house next door. Consumer Reports said they're a stylish choice for homeowners on a budget.

Jim Nanni, Consumer Reports said "Laminated shingles give you the three-dimensional appearance of real wood or slate, at a fraction of the cost."

Vinnie Leonardis tested 18 kinds of laminated shingles to see how well they can withstand the elements. This test determines how much damage could happen if something falls on the shingles, like a tree limb.

Most suffered only slight damage. A second test checks the strength of the shingles. It measures how much force it takes to tear one in half. And a third machine checks the force needed to pull two layers of shingles apart. In this sped-up video, you can see the top layer separating from the bottom. Most of the shingles tested would not do well in very high winds. Overall, there were big differences in the way the shingles stacked up.

Jim Nanni, Consumer Reports said "It pays to look for a professional who will work with one of our recommended models."

Consumer Reports said there are plenty of options, including two best buys. They're CertainTeed's Landmark and Owens Corning Oakridge. For a big project like this, both are good choices at around $70 dollars per hundred square feet.

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