Are Atlas asphalt shingles good enough to be compared with top shingle brands GAF, Owens Corning, CertainTeed and IKO?
Atlas’s strategy is to produce good products, if not the absolute best, that are reasonably priced. Quality among the Atlas roofing lines ranges from average to very good. In short, they represent good value for the money. This is especially true in the 3-tab niche.
*The brand’s 3-tab StormMaster Slate and GlassMaster shingles get top ratings compared with competitors like Owens Corning Supreme, GAF Royal Sovereign and CertainTeed XT 25.
*Atlas Pinnacle Pristine, its leading line of dimensional shingles, are in the middle of the pack when compared best-sellers from other top asphalt shingle brands.
Specifically, Atlas roofing shingle ratings are a little lower than Owens Corning Duration and GAF Timberline but ahead of CertainTeed Landmark and IKO Cambridge.
Overview of Options and Costs
Atlas makes 8 lines of fiberglass-based asphalt shingles. Your options are 2 lines of 3-tab or strip shingles, mentioned above, and 6 dimensional/architectural shingle lines.
Prices fall between $75 and $160 per roofing square for just the shingles. One roofing square is 100 square feet, so that’s $0.75 to $1.60 per square foot for shingles.
And like all other major roofing brands, Atlas produces a complete roofing system, which includes underlayments, starter shingles, hip and ridge caps and ridge ventilation.
What’s Here: In this Atlas Shingles guide, you get detailed information on all the Atlas products, the pros and cons, and the costs, allowing you to make the best decision for your home and even compare Atlas to GAF, Certainteed, Owens Corning, and Malarkey.
In this review we start with Atlas’s premium or luxury shingles, then cover the architectural shingles, and finish with the 3-tab shingles.
We all want to get the best possible deal when it comes to spending our hard-earned money on home remodeling upgrades. However, there are some items that fall in the “never bargain shop” category. A new roof ranks high on that list. 😉
How Much Does a New Roof Cost?
A new asphalt shingles roof for a typical 2,000 to 2,200 square foot single-family house can range in price from $10,000 to $19,800 fully installed, including the tear off and disposal of the old roof (up to two layers). The pricing can range greatly depending on the choice of contractor, roof size and difficulty, and local real estate market conditions.
$8,500 Average Cost
$15,500 Average Cost
Flat Roof Membrane
$11,500 Average Cost
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Average Price Per Square Foot Across the US, a typical architectural asphalt shingle roof will cost between $5.00 and $7.00 per sq. ft. to install, depending on the brand and type of shingles, and project specifics variables. — This pricing range normally includes all the necessary materials and supplies, tear off and disposal of the old roof (up to two layers), dumpster and disposal fees, site plans and building permits required by the local building departments, professional installation, and a comprehensive contractor’s workmanship warranty.
In the high cost of living areas like San Francisco Bay area, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Portland, Boston, NYC, the greater Washington DC, and Northern Virginia, homeowners can expect to pay between $6.00 and $9.00 per sq. ft. to replace a roof on a typical 2,000-2,200 square foot house with mid-range architectural shingles like GAF Timberline or OC Duration. — This range does exceed the national average figures due to the disproportionately higher cost of living in expensive coastal cities compared to American heartland.
Note: The actual estimates homeowners receive can vary widely, depending on the location of the property (local real estate market), roof’s overall complexity, and the type of system you choose to install. Quotes can also vary greatly from contractor to contractor in the same area, which is why it’s so important to get several professional estimates.
Did you know? The average house size in America is roughly 2,200 square feet, with older homes usually being smaller in size and measuring between 1,500 Sq.Ft. to 2,000 Sq.Ft., on average. Newer built homes are typically larger in size, measuring between 2,400 Sq.Ft. and 2,600 Sq.Ft., on average.
However, the actual size of the roof surface can vary depending on how many levels or stories there are, the slope and type of the roof shape, and complexity of its architectural design (think a simple gable roof vs. a more complex hip and gable roof shape with dormers and valleys).
Varying factors that can affect your cost are the brand and type of shingles; the type of underlayment; roof slope; complexity of the job; the company installing the roof, and local real estate values.
Average Total Cost of Replacement on a 2,000-2,200 Square Foot House:
3-Tab Asphalt Shingles: $10,000 to $12,500 30-year Shingles: $10,500 to $19,800 50-year (Thicker) Premium Shingles: $11,500 to $20,500 EPDM Rubber Membrane: $10,500 to $17,500 TPO or PVC Membrane: $11,500 to $20,500 Wood Shingles: $15,500 to $27,500 Steel Shingles: $15,500 to $27,500 Aluminum Shingles: $16,500 to $29,500 Standing Seam: $18,500 to $31,500 Natural Slate: $25,000 to $50,500 Concrete Tiles: $25,000 to $40,500 Clay Tiles: $25,000 to $45,500
Estimated New Roof Costs (2,000 sq.ft.)
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* These are approximate total job prices based on the national average. Costs may vary depending on your region and home’s location, the roof’s slope and number of stories, overall complexity of the roof, the number of layers of old shingles to be removed and disposed of the type of roofing underlayment (15 or 30 lbs. felt, and/or synthetic underlayment and whether it’s breathable or non-breathable), roof accessories (like snowguards, solar vents or ridge vent) used, and any workmanship warranties or guarantees the contractor offers.
Getting a roof replacement is expensive. Seeing the total price of getting it done properly can cause a justifiable sticker shock. However, when homeowners have a better understanding of where the money is going and how they will save money in the long run, it’s easier to see a quality roof as the investment it truly is.
The best shingle color for your roof is one that completes your home’s exterior by giving it what it is lacking. It creates balance and helps to emphasize the best features of your home, maximizing curb appeal.
A house with a bland exterior needs shingles with color to provide visual interest.
A home exterior that already features multiple colors benefits from a solid color to prevent the overall look from being too busy.
If the home’s siding is a “warm” tone, like beige or brown, then the roof should be a neutral or warm color.
“Cool” tones like gray and blue exteriors are best complemented by black or colors on the “cool” side of a color wheel.
Black is a safe choice for any roof.
If what you’ve heard so far makes sense, read on for:
Tips on choosing the right shingle color for your home based on your home’s color, style, climate and more.
Tools available that can assist you in your search for the “perfect” asphalt shingle color.
A summary of Do’s and Don’ts when choosing a roof color.
Plenty of sample pictures to illustrate the content.
Roof Visibility, Curb Appeal & Shingle Choice
Choosing the best shingle color for your roof is critical for curb appeal and your personal enjoyment of your home.
25% – The roof accounts for around 25% of what’s visible from the curb on two-story homes or single-story homes with a moderately sloped roof.
40% or more – On single-story homes or any home with a very steep/tall roof, the roof structure is an even larger part of the view from the street.
Those aren’t just random numbers – there are important tips to be shared from the information.
The larger the roof, especially with a steep pitch, the more it makes sense to choose a medium-colored or lighter-colored roof. Large, dark roofs overwhelm a small or medium-size house, making it look top-heavy.
On the other hand, a light-colored roof that isn’t steep looks underwhelming on a two-story home. Small roofs need robust, darker color to achieve visual balance.
Start with What you Have – Siding, Trim, Shutters, Front Door
Finding the right shingle color isn’t an isolated choice. Simply picking a shade you like may or may not produce a good-looking home.
The process should start with evaluating what’s already on your house unless you are doing a complete exterior renovation. Even then, since the siding is the largest part of the picture, consider starting there. A few of the visualizers listed below allow you to choose a siding color and a roofing color.
There are two key considerations here – the “temperature” of your current exterior and how many different hues are used.
So, what are the colors of the siding, trim, shutters, gutters, and the front door – a visual focal point on any home?
Are they warm colors? Then your roof shingles should ideally be warm. And cool-colored roofing shingles best complement cool tones of siding, doors, trim, shutters, etc.
Note that complimenting your home’s siding and trim, necessarily, does requires some degree of contrast between siding and trim/shutters, and the roof.
Below is a quick explanation on what the warm and cool colors are and how to make sense of it all.
About Colors – Warm and Cool Colors
This wheel is typical of those referred to by designers and artists – anyone working with color.
*Brightness: Roof shingles are rarely as bright as the colors in the wheel, but their highlights can be.
Here are the most common color hues. As you can see, most are medium dark, other than white, rather than light. As a rule, light roofing isn’t as attractive as darker, richer tones.
Instead of being extra-bright, most have granules of more than one color with highlights that can be bright.
Average Cost To Install a new RoofTypical Range: $5,960 - $12,740