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Owens Corning Shingles Options & Prices at Lowe’s 2017-2018

Owens Corning shingles is one of the most popular types of asphalt shingles for homes on the market today. Whether you are a DIY enthusiast or would rather choose to work with a licensed and trusted contractor, you will most likely hear about Owens Corning shingles as one of the top options for your re-roofing or new construction project.

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What’s more, you don’t have to be a licensed contractor to buy this product, as it’s readily sold at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores near you. Before you head to Lowe’s to buy your 60 bundles of shingles, underlayment, trim, nails, and ladder, you will probably want to learn a bit more about the costs and options available to you as a homeowner.

There are several types of Owens Corning shingles available to homeowners at Lowe’s today:

Owens Corning Supreme: Basic 3-Tab, 25 Year Shingles

This is the bottom of the barrel, lowest-cost shingles option. You can often find this product on sheds, as well as double and triple-decker rental properties, or properties being flipped. Some single family homes with a simple, gable-style roof can also sometimes have this low-cost/low end kind of shingles. Other manufacturers such as GAF and CertainTeed also have similar 3-tab 25 year shingles, as well as 30-year dimensional more premium shingle types.

One major downside of a 3-tab shingle is that it’s only rated for 60mph wind uplift, meaning that if a strong storm occurred nearby your home, it could uplift and take away your roof and sprinkle the piece of shingles around the neighborhood! This is one reason why you should not install this type of entry-level shingles, if you happen to live in a coastal area subjected to strong winds and/or a hurricane-prone area.

Owens Corning 3 tab shingles Supreme 25 years

Performance: 60mph wind uplift rating, 10 year limited algae resistance, 25-year limited warranty

Cost: $27.40 to $28.00 per bundle, three bundles per square

Owens Corning Oakridge: 3-Tab, 30 Year Shingles

The 30 year, 3-tab shingles is only a minor improvement over the less-costly 25-year shingle. It’s rated for up to 70mph wind uplift, which is a little bit better, but still not good enough for stormy areas.

Owens Corning Okaridge 3 tab shingles, 30 year

Performance: 70mph wind uplift rating, 10 year limited algae resistance, 25-year limited warranty

Cost: $34.23 to $35.00 per bundle, three bundles per 100 square feet

Owens Corning Duration: Architectural / Dimensional Limited Lifetime Shingles

If you are going to go with asphalt, architectural shingle may be a smart value choice. It features a thicker and longer lasting design/profile.

Did you know? Architectural shingles are also called dimensional because, once installed, these shingles appear thicker, fuller and more three-dimensional compared to their less-durable and flatter 3-tab shingle counterparts.

Owens Corning Duration shingles are rated for up to 130mph wind uplift, when properly installed. You should definitely choose architectural shingles vs. 3-tab, if you happen to live near the cost or an area frequented by storms and hurricane grade winds.

Performance: 130mph wind uplift rating, 10 year limited algae resistance, limited “Lifetime” warranty

Cost: $36.61 to $38.00 per bundle, three bundles per 100 square feet

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Roof Replacement Cost 2017-2018: Roofing Installation Prices per Sq. Ft.

It’s time to replace that scrappy old roof. Are you wondering how much it will cost to install a new roof on your home or garage? If so, check out our just-updated new roof pricing guide for homeowners.

A beautiful cabin with combination roof

To help you with your pricing research, our very own RoofingCalc’s Special Agent went on a secret mission to find the latest roofing materials and installation prices, so you don’t have to do all the legwork!

Straight Off the Bat: It needs to be stated that not all roofs are made the same and not all roofers charge the same prices. That being said, most roofing contractors (and many insurance companies) will price their roof replacement services within $3.50 to $5.00 per square foot or $350 to $500 per square of architectural shingles installed. A square is equal to 100 square feet of roof surface. An average roof size is about 1,700 square feet.

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The above price range will normally include the removal and disposal of up to two layers of old shingles, and installation of new underlayment and ice-and-water shield at the eaves and valleys of the roof in accordance with the local building code requirements. All the necessary building permit expenses should also be included.

Note on a Wider Pricing Range: Depending on the type and overall complexity of the roof (number of floors/levels, number of skylights, chimneys, and dormers, ease of access, and overall roof difficulty), choice of shingles, your home’s geographic location, and the contractor or weekend warrior you choose to hire, your total average cost for a composition shingles roof could range from as low as $2.75 to as high as $7.50 per square foot or $275 to $750 per square installed.

Geographic Considerations:

There will always be significant variations in quoted roof prices, depending on the contractor you choose to hire and your home’s location. For instance, roof prices in the deep South (think South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and most of Louisiana) will generally be significantly lower (as low as $2.50 to $3.00 per sq. ft. installed) compared to prices charged in the North East or on the West Coast (which can be as high as $5.00 to $7.00 per sq. ft.).

Did you know? A typical ranch style or four-square single family house in the US will have a roof area of about 15 to 20 squares. — On the low-end, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 for a simple roof replacement job on a typical four-square or ranch style house, while on the high-end, your total cost could range from $9,000 to $14,000 (or even more in some cases) for a more difficult installation, premium materials, and comprehensive workmanship warranty.

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Why is there such a Wide Pricing Range?

On the low-end, you may have roofers underbidding their jobs because they are either desperate for work or they happen to work on volume with razor-thin margins. For example, a contractor that is just starting out may be more willing to complete a roofing job for less than a more established company would. There are also smaller companies with no office and little overhead that can afford to charge less for the job and still be profitable.

Note: A low bid for a roofing job (such as a bid that is significantly less than $2.50 per sq. ft. or $250 per square) can also come from the so called weekend warriors or storm chasers working without any liability insurance and no worker’s comp, which could be a liability for the homeowner.

On the high-end of the price range, you have bids for fully-warrantied jobs from reputable exterior remodeling companies. — Keep in mind that a high price doesn’t always mean quality, especially if the contractor you hire is using sub-contractors to do the actual work. Subcontractors normally don’t get paid much, so they work on volume, which means that sometimes they may have to cut corners. 😉

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Many professional roofing contractors employ a “40% materials / 60% labor” as their costs-breakdown formula. Of course, this pricing structure is just a guideline not set in stone. Some contractors include their overhead in the cost of labor, while others calculate it separately. All roofers use “squares” to measure and estimate roofs. A square equals to 100 sq. ft. of roof the surface.

That being said, below is the breakdown of typical roofing costs you can expect for materials and professional installation:

1. 3-tab Shingles
2. 30-Year Architectural Shingles
3. Premium Shingles

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Roofing Shingles Vs. Cedar Shakes Costs, Pros & Cons 2017-2018

Before we head up onto the roof to discuss shingles and shakes we need to begin our story inside the house, with artificial lighting. In fact, our story begins all the way back in London, England in 1812 with the organization of thpe Gas Light and Coke Company. The founders had discovered a new way to produce light — by burning coal in an oxygen-poor atmosphere and creating “manufactured gas”. Thus was born the gas lighting industry.

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One of the waste products of this manufactured gas was the tar left behind from the burnt coal. The coal tar was useless and an expensive pain to haul away from the plant. Enter Samuel Warren, who spent much of his young adult years in self-study, attempting to rescue his family’s faltering foundry.

In 1846, Warren began experimenting with coal tar and discovered it made an excellent adhesive. He perfected the process for manufacturing a waterproof roofing material by applying coal tar to paper.

Warren opened a plant in Cincinnati to produce “tar paper” and the business was immediately profitable — not the least because gas companies paid him to take the coal tar off their hands.

As the composition roofing business spread, the gas companies would eventually charge for their residue and naturally occurring asphalt was substituted. By the end of the 19th century, the tar paper was coated with granulated stone and sold in large rolls as roof covering for mostly industrial buildings, garages and barns.

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In 1903 Henry M. Reynolds, a contractor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, got the idea to carve those big sheets into individual shingles – which he did by hand with a knife. In 1911 the National Board of Fire Underwriters went on a kick to get rid of the most popular residential roof covering of the day — wood shingles.

Asphalt shingles quickly gained favor and by 1930 the composite shingles had displaced wood as the most commonly specified material for residential roofing in America (an American invention, asphalt shingling is still rare on roofs outside North America). Wood and asphalt are still the kingpins in shingle selection today.

Let’s examine the pros and cons of both asphalt shingles and wood/cedar shingles & shakes. But first, an explanation of composition.

The Difference Between Wood Shingles & Shakes

Cedar shakes around a skylight Source: Kuhl’s Contracting

When used in roof covering, wood can be either shakes or shingles. Wood shakes have been used for centuries. They are split from logs and often left as split to retain the textured, rough-hewn effect. A wood shake is instantly recognizable by its thick butt end. With the advent of commercial sawmills a wood shake was often sawn after splitting to achieve a uniform back side.

These sawmills also produced a completely uniform product with an even taper and identical thickness by sawing shakes on both sides. This manufactured product is known as a wood shingle.

California redwood, western red cedar, cypress, spruce and pine are all used to manufacture wood shakes and shingles. Cedar is the most popular wood for shakes, southern yellow pine is also popular. Wood shakes and shingles can be pressure treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives.

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