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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

Duration Dimensional Shingles Owens Corning

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
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Install Metal Roof

$14,500
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Install Flat Roof

$8,225
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Rain Chains Cost, DIY Options & Styles 2017-2018 – Buying Guide

Rain chains demonstrate a beautiful blend of decorative form and useful function. Instead of water traveling from your roof through a closed downspout, rain chains allow you to enjoy rainwater’s pleasing sound and aesthetics, like a babbling brook cascading downward.

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In Japan, where rain chains had their origin, they are a common element of traditional building design. Gutters are viewed as too utilitarian to use when the function can be handled by something that also enhances the beauty of the structure. — That view is spreading, and the popularity of rain chains is growing in North America and around the world.

This buying guide provides a comprehensive overview of rain chain styles, materials, options, installation methods, costs, and DIY options.

The guide is presented in the form of FAQs, so you can quickly access the information you want:

What are Rain Chains?

If you’re unfamiliar with rain chains, or kusari doi in Japanese, lets discuss their anatomy.

  • An adapter or bracket is attached to the gutter in place of a downspout
  • The rain chain hangs from it
  • The chain is anchored by a basin, stake or weight

These three essential components might be sold separately, but many top manufacturers produce kits with everything included.

What are the Most Popular Rain Chain Styles?

  • Chain links are interspersed with artistically designed cups or other features such as birds, leaves or flowers at intervals of a few inches to as much as a foot apart.
  • Most rain chain cups have holes in the bottom to allow water to pass through. Other chains are produced with shallow cups, and the rainwater fills the cup and spills over into the cup below.
  • Single links or another type of connector are used to hold each cup to the one above it, so that the rain chain is really a series of cups with little or no chainwork.
  • The rain chain is a series of decoratively fashioned links or loops, often of varying size and artfully interwoven, with no cups at all.

Because of the artistic nature of rain chain design, these three basic styles are produced in nearly limitless variations and combinations.

What Rain Chain Materials are Available?

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Traditionally, rain chains were crafted from metal, and most still are.

Most Popular Materials:

  • Copper: This is the traditional material choice of rain chain artisans. The copper must be polished regularly if you wish it to maintain its gleam. Most copper rain chains are allowed to develop an appealing patina finish that changes as the copper ages.
  • Steel: This is another traditional metal. Make sure any steel rain chain you consider is coated or painted to prevent rust, though corrosion is probably inevitable.
  • Stainless steel: This corrosion-resistant metal is often used by itself or in a rain chain design with copper.
  • Aluminum: More affordable than stainless, aluminum is durable and will develop a light patina too.
  • Brass: This material is a staple of plumbing fixtures because it resists corrosion. It’s an attractive choice for rain chains too.

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Gutter Guard Installation Cost 2017-2018: Are Gutter Guards Worth It?

Gutter guards (aka leaf covers for gutters) are an attractive idea to homeowners whose homes are surrounded by large trees. Plenty of marketing dollars go into promoting gutter guards, but are they really worth the money?

In this guide, we cover the cost to install gutter leaf guards, their pros and cons, and alternative approaches — all in an effort to help you decide whether or not gutter guards make sense for your home.

Right off the bat: Gutter guards will not completely eliminate the need for gutter cleaning.

You should know a couple realities from the start: Gutter covers WILL reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning, but they WON’T completely eliminate it.

Depending on how many trees are in your landscape or backyard surrounding your property, expect to clean your gutters about one-third to one-half as often as you did before.

It’s impossible to keep fine tree debris out of the gutters. The debris will build up over time. Seeds might sprout, and you’ll have significant clog issues if you don’t clean the gutters.

Did you know? When your gutters eventually need to be cleaned, the job will be more difficult and time-consuming because you’ll have to clean the gutter guards and the gutters.

Depending on the type of guards you install, removing them before cleaning the gutters might be a necessary extra step in the process.

Three Gutter Guard Installation Options

You’ve got three options for gutter guard installation:

DIY installation: You buy the product at your local Wall Mart, Lowe’s, or Home Depot and install it yourself ($-$$)

Pro installation of the product you buy or select: You hire a handyman service or gutter guard company to install the product of your choice ($$-$$$)

Pro installation of a proprietary product: You hire a company to install its own brand of gutter guards ($$$-$$$$)

How Much Do Gutter Guards Cost?

The features of the gutter cover types are listed below. First, here’s what you can expect to pay based on the three options for gutter guard installation we just listed. All costs are in linear feet:

Material Costs:

  • Plastic screen gutter guard: $.20-$.40 (20-40 cents)
  • Aluminum perforated gutter covers: $.50-$1.25
  • Steel screen gutter guard: $1.50-$3.00
  • Foam gutter guard: $2.00-$3.25
  • Micro-mesh steel gutter guard: $2.25-$4.00
  • Brush gutter guard: $3.15-$4.25
  • Solid-surface gutter guard (helmets): $3.50-$6.25

Professional installation cost when you purchase the materials: $1.85-$3.75

Full-service professional installation — materials supplied and installed by a gutter guard company: $7.50-$12.00

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