Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ok, It's Decided.....We've Changed Our Mind

Ok, It's Decided.....We've Changed Our Mind

LOL, Yep, sure did - already - knew we would - told you we would too - it's just inevitable. But it's a good change, of course. The shingles we really like are top-of-the-line, excellent in quality & durability, but the ones we decided to switch to are also far better at heat reflection from the sun. Twenty percent better!

CertainTeed's Presidential Shake, Impact Resistant, Classic Weathered Wood was the original one:

Love the architectural difference the various shaped shingles produce.

CertainTeed's Landmark Solaris Gold, Impact Resistant, Max Def Weathered Wood is what we've ordered:

These are lighter in color and look a bit more like weathered shingles, and they almost match perfectly the real wood shingles they're replacing (which we're keeping so I can use them in other projects, such as the lower section of the greenhouse I'll be building from old windows - but that's a (much) later post).

As the website explains, "Landmark Solaris GOLD IR forms a barrier between your roof and the sun that reduces your roof's temperature by as much as 20 percent in the summer." And out in the middle-of-nowhere Kansas prairie.....we'll need it!

Their site also states about these shingles:

  • Rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for cool roofs
  • Landmark Solaris GOLD IR shingles may qualify for credits/points in LEED, NAHB and other "green" programs
  • All colors are ENERGY STAR® qualified roof products
  • Tough fiber glass reinforced base to help achieve the highest impact resistant rating from U.L.
  • Tested to withstand the impact of a 2" steel ball being dropped from 20 feet in the air
  • In some areas, insurance companies offer homeowner discounts if you install an impact-resistant shingle
Discounts, tax incentives, lower cooling bills in the summer - all good things! I can't wait to see the finished look!


  1. Aside from their colors, your new choice of shingles looks neater when installed, as compared to the previous ones. But the first one does create a ripple effect when you see it from afar. Anyhow, I'm glad that you finally chose what's in your heart, and I hope we can see your newly-completed roof soon!

    Santo Caridine

  2. When we were driving around looking at roofs, yes, I saw that "ripple" effect as well. I didn't say anything to hubby because at that time he was set on the first ones. But he may also have seen that and didn't like it either. But the Solaris, with the energy credit on taxes and the 20% reduction in roof temperature was the better choice all the way around for out there on the Kansas prairie. Another point being that these are 100 lbs lighter per square than the others, and that's alot of weight on such a huge roof! Another big plus was when we got the quote - it was $3000 less expensive as well! I'll all of those combined savings any day! :)

    Thank you for dropping by - and I will definitely be posting pictures of the completed roof!


  3. I have to agree with Santo there. The lighter shingles look a whole lot better. Plus, lighter roof shades do offer better insulation, since lighter roofs are better at reflecting radiation from the sun and improving the overall Albedo effect. :)

    ~ Sierra Nordgren

  4. It’s totally understandable that you put so much thought into your roof that you had to change your mind a few times! Having the perfect roof isn’t just a matter of aesthetics, of course; it’s about finding the best protection for your most treasured possessions – your home, and everyone and everything in it. The roof of a home is its first line of defense, so you want to be sure that it can stand up to the meanest weather and the most erratic climate changes. I think you made a great choice, and your roof is going to look great and be perfectly strong and sturdy.


  5. The roof should be on in a couple of weeks. Hubby is currently out taking a look at the property now (I'll go when he gets back), and he said the roof, as it is now, isn't as bad as it looks in the pictures so there shouldn't be any extra charges. LOL The roof cost more than the entire property! But it will definitely be a good, strong "first line of defense" against the Kansas plains weather!

  6. I noticed that your roof somehow changes its color when you changed your positioning in taking pictures, as well. On the second photo, it seems to me like your roof has a grey tone, while the last photo shows a blue roof. By the way, it’s been more than a year. Do you have an updated blogpost about this project?

    Noreen Mayweather

  7. :) It's only been 4 months since this post, and yes, there have been updates posted afterward. We have the new roof on as of September. We're now just waiting for our KY property to sell so we can finally get moved.