NEW ROOF (Sept. 2013)

For the roof, we decided on GAF Timberline HD (Hi Def) Weathered Wood Shingles. We used this shingle on the entire house except for the roof of the wrap-around front porch. We went with a metal roof for the front porch which we purchased through Lowes. The metal porch roof is Union Advantage-Lok, gauge 26, lifetime paint grade (Union Corrugating manufactures the metal roof and supplies it to Lowes). I highly recommend the Timberline HD shingles and the Union Corrugating metal roof; both are high quality products.

I discussed options and obtained quotes from several local roofing companies; more than I would like to admit. However, it was well worth the time. The roofing quotes, and often questionable advice from the roofers, was all over the place. The more time I spent with roofers the more I realized I needed to educate myself first. We were considering options that included a metal roof for the entire house, at first, and/or shingles; or a combination of both. After evaluating cost and ROI down the road, we went with the combo.

Timberline GAF ShinglesThere were 2-3 local suppliers for the shingles; Home Depot won the bid with the best quote. They delivered the shingles and we hired a local roofing company to install them. The local roofers charged a flat-fee per square. In our area (RVA), the installation rate is around $100 per square (one square is 100 sq. ft.) plus an additional cost for replacing/installing plywood sheets. Since we removed an old metal roof from the existing portion of our home we needed to install new plywood sheathing. The old farmhouse portion of the roof includes new plywood sheathing.

We also added a “continuous ridge-vent” to the existing portion of the home as well as a continuous ridge-vent to the new addition.


Underneath the shingles we used Tiger Paw™ Roof Deck Protection (also called roofing felt or underlayment). It does cost more but it is a superior product worth considering for a long-lasting roof.

Superior-quality roof deck protection should protect your home by providing a critical extra layer of protection between your shingles and your roof deck. It helps prevent wind-driven rain (or water from other sources) from infiltrating under your shingles and causing damage to your roof structure, or to the inside of your home. In addition, superior-quality roof deck protection will:

  • Help reduce damaging moisture that can become trapped on your roof deck
  • Provide longer-lasting leak protection than conventional “felts”
  • (which can rot or become brittle before your shingles reach their useful life)
  • Help your shingles lay flat and uniform, for a better-looking finished roof


Union Corrugating manufactures metal roofs and supplies them to Lowes as well as other suppliers

Englert Metal Roof – Color visualizer on buildings (great tool, well done):

MS Metal Sales – Roofing materials, profiles, and colors:

Metal “Guage” Chart:


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