Our website roofingstore.ca has a number of budgets posted that relate to supplied and installed budgets based on either asphalt coming off, or cedar re-roofing. The budgets were posted in early 2008, and our intro paragraph notes a 20 to 30% shortfall based purely on prices increases through 2008, plus one must factor in the new Canadian $ exchange rates (that are currently insane).
If you are picking a roofing product purely on price, why don’t you cover your home with rolled roofing, as you may have no respect for the look, design, or curb appeal of your home.
One should never compare three tabs with laminates. They are two different design / look choices. Laminates look significantly better than 3 tabs, and they will stand up in the wind better … weight versus weight.
The “30” year type laminates are the asphalt shingle manufacturer’s “builder’s grade” line-up, I don’t care whose brand we talk about. This line-up is the thinnest and least quality offering the manufactures all offer, trying to cut costs as much as possible to please cheap builders or roofers, but also hoping to meet minimum building code standards. If price is your thing, this is where one can start, but better buys and better quality STARTS at the midweight series. These are usually called “40” year or “50 year or Lifetime”. One buys these thicker better quality series to better weather the wind and storms THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR, and for the next decade. You get better weight, improved thickness, and better looks. This all adds up to better curb appeal for your pride in ownership, and less trouble from severe weather.
I expect three tabs to more likely blow off in wind storms than lamiantes. I expect heavier laminates to blow off less than thinner 30 year laminates.
Finally not all shingles are built the same. Malarkey has the most leak resistant and easiest to fasten correctly design of anyone at present, but unfortunately they don’t have a thicker looking series.
If all you can compare is price when trying to select a roofing material to protect and define your home, then I can introduce you to a wonderful designer tarp series, to nail over your existing roof.
Ken at The Roofing Store