I am replying to an earlier post from someone who was talked out of 50 year shingle from a supply house - here are my thoughts from a homeowner!
I was told the same thing about warranty and such - Though, I WAS told to only go with a 50 year for the look. Because I am spending alot of money on my roof and plan to only do it once, I have researched many shingles and different looks (my wife thinks I’m crazy - for the past 2 weeks, nightly I am on my back deck with a beer in my hand looking at 10 different sample boards). I called my supply house and they gave me many addresses to drive by - after driving by numerous homes with 30,40,50 year shingles - I have noticed that the 50 year is a much much much much thicker shingle AND usually has a much bolder shadow line -this gives the roof a much much much nicer look. If you had 2 homes side by side with a 30 yr and a 50 yr. You pay the extra few hundred bucks (small amount to total cost) to go with the 50 yr.
The ELK 50 yr shingle looks amazing! A shingle looks much different while looking at a totally completed home from 50-100 yards, then looking at a sample board from 10 feet half drunk. In my opinion. the roof is just so much of the look of your house. Depending on the pitch of the roof and the size of your roof - it usually is about of 1/3 of the total look of your home! Go with the 50!
Thoughts from the pro’s!