Brand of Shingle


#1

I am putting on a 30yr laminate shingle. It has been recommended by several roofers that I put on Elk brand shingles. The particular shingle is Elk Prestique High Definition. It is a 30yr shingle with 80mph wind rating. I am wanting to know if this is a good shingle choice. I have heard that this is a good brand and I know that it is the priciest 30yr shingle at the supply house. I am wanting to know if I am making a good decision to go ahead and spend the extra for it. I live in West Texas. Hot, dry, and windy. Thanks.


#2

ELK is good. its popular in texas because thats where it is made. the top 2 brands are GAF & CERTAINTEED.


#3

hello,
if you have to put on a conventional two peice demnsional shingle then elk
is probably one of the best.
i personally dont like any of em.
i like a flatter shingle (ie: carraige house ).
water runs off it better.

gweedo.


#4

Does Elk’s wrapper instructions still call for staples?


#5

Elk used to suck and they are expensive. I laid a bunch in New Orleans area about 7-8 yrs ago and the laminates seperate in the hot weather. If people don’t nail them dead on the nail line they will end up sliding down a steep roof. I’ve always been partial to Owens Corning and GAF myself. Things change, maybe they have beefed up the Elk quality in the 8yrs since I’ve touched one.


#6

Hi,

They all seperate if you nail them incorrectly.


#7

Lefty is dead on with this one.


#8

Eh, I can’t agree with that. I’ve seen incorrectly nailed GAF and Owens Corning shingles up to a 12/12 several years later that never seperated. Maybe you’re talking about a mansard or some other extreme conditions. Elks on the other hand have fallen apart as I pulled them out of the bundle on a hot day. Plus they are what, 4-5 bundles to a square? I don’t need that aggravation.


#9

Hi,

Sounds like you had a bad batch. They should not have been installed on a 4/12.

All shingles will seperate if not nailed in the double part after a 7/12. The better the shingle thet longer it will take.


#10

Yea, I guess it’s possible I just got bad batches for 9yrs. Who said anything about a 4/12?


#11

Hi,

I meant they should not even been installed on a 4/12. Let alone a steep roof.

Why would you keep installing shingles that seperate out of the bundle for 9 years?


#12

Why should they not be installed on a 4/12 or steeper roof? I was told that they are a premium brand.

Also, why can you install Certainteed and GAF on steeper roofs? I really need to know this info.


#13

Hi tdove,

They can be installed on any pitch roof.

Tar Monkey said he got Elk shingles that the laminate was falling apart. Right out of the package. I asked him why he would install shingles that are falling apart. Exspecially for 9 years. If the shingles were falling apart they should not be installed on any roof.

There is nothing wrong with ElK shingles. They are a better shingle. I install GAF.


#14

Hey tdove,

Elks are considered a “premium” brand of shingles and their price more than reflects that, lol. You can install pretty much any asphalt shingle that I can think of on any roof pitch 4/12 or better. Some will tell you you can go lower pitch but I would advise against it. Bottom line I guess is that I have had nothing but bad experiences with Elk and I don’t care for them. If you like the look of the product, are happy with your installer and all the associated warrantys are to your liking then I see no reason not to use them. I however would not put them on my house.


#15

I agree with the under 4/12 thing. relying to much on underlayments at that point.


#16

I bid a 100sq 7/12, 8/12,10/12,12/12 a couple years ago that had 30 laminate Elks on them. At year 20 the shingles were shot. A few shingles had delaminated but most of the shingles were just aged really bad.

Did a tear off last Summer of 7 year old Resawn Shake Timberlines and not one shingle had sealed down. They had a few blow offs. Told them they were upgrading to Landmark Resawn Shakes, bet there sealed down already!

I was thinking the other day. There was one other other (2 total in 10 years) Elk roof that wasn’t too bad. 80 sq 9/12 Elk 30 year laminate black. The shingles came apart good, didn’t feel slippery, and were pretty square.