Roof Maintenance: Shingles Inspection, Attic, Gutters, Ice Dam Prevention

Asphalt is one of the most popular materials used in residential roofing. Statistics suggest that roughly 80% or four out of every five homes in the US are covered with asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are affordable, look good, and hold up reasonably well against the elements.

Roof in need of a maintenance or replacement due to cracks or thermal splitting in asphalt shingles

via Structure Tech

A roof is a big investment for homeowners, and it’s important to protect your investment by conducting regular, thorough maintenance. A little roof maintenance goes a long way toward extending the service life of your roof and a thorough inspection will find small problems to fix before they become big repairs with expensive price tags.

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GAF vs. CertainTeed Roofing Shingles: Cost, ROI – Definitive Guide for Homeowners

GAF and CertainTeed combine for a huge piece of the roofing shingle market. This comparison hits all the important factors in deciding – Quality, cost, styles, pros and cons of each option, warranties and more. Our guide also addresses the return on investment and explains when either GAF or CertainTeed shingles are a better choice for a homeowner.

Let’s put the comparison into perspective right from the start:

CertainTeed, by every measure, is the premier manufacturer of exterior building materials and a winner of the Professional Remodelers Best in Class award.

CertainTeed Landmark series Shingles Roof in Weathered Wood

While most of its lines are upmarket, CertainTeed has begun making less expensive lines like the Landmark Series to compete with the value-priced asphalt shingle brands.

GAF, the largest manufacturer of residential roofing materials, makes mostly good-quality shingles with a few premium lines like Camelot II Shingles that are exceptional.

GAF Premium Asphalt Shingles: Camelot Williamsburg Slate

CertainTeed did not appear worried about the cost a decade ago, and it still dominates the “best” category of roofing shingles, though competition is certainly increasing.

Most GAF shingles are cost-conscious products that compete with Owens-Corning, IKO, Tamko, Atlas, Malarkey and similar brands for “basic and better” ranges — niches it ranks first in.

  • CertainTeed: Mainly high-end, high-cost products with some affordable lines.
  • GAF: Mainly affordable shingle lines with some high-end products.

Here are some important qualitative and quantitative details to consider within the larger scope of CertainTeed vs. GAF shingles debate:

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Owens Corning 3-Tab and Architectural Shingle Options & Prices at Lowe’s

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.

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, though, to buy your 60 bundles of shingles, underlayment, trim, nails, and a ladder, you will probably want to learn a bit more about the costs and options available to you as a homeowner.

Did you know? Lowe’s offers up 20% bulk discount on some of the asphalt shingle products and colors when you buy at least 30 or 40 bundles, depending on the product and color you choose. Lowe’s can also deliver shingles straight to your project.

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

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

OC Supreme shingle is the most basic 3-tab shingle product from Owens Corning. You can often find this product on sheds, as well as double-decker and triple-decker rental properties, or properties being flipped.

Even higher-end single-family homes with a simple gable-style roof can sometimes be seen covered with the basic 3-tab shingles like Owens Corning Supreme.

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.

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