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.
One major downside of a 3-tab shingle is that it’s only rated for up to 60 MPH wind uplift, meaning that if a stronger storm were to occur near in your area, it could potentially lift up and take away your roof and sprinkle the pieces of shingles around the neighborhood! This is one key reason why you should not install this type of basic shingles, if you happen to live in a coastal area subjected to strong winds and/or a hurricane-prone area.
Performance: 60 MPH wind uplift rating, 10 year limited algae resistance, 25-year limited warranty
Cost: $25.00 to $29.00 per bundle, three bundles per square
Owens Corning Oakridge: Laminated Architectural 30 Year Shingles
The 30-year, laminated architectural shingles are a step over the less-costly 3-tab shingles. OC Oakridge shingles are rated for up to 110 MPH wind uplift with 4 nails per shingle, or 130 MPH wind uplift with 6 nails per shingle. In other words, this product can be used in hurricane-prone areas.
Performance: 110 MPH wind uplift rating (4 nails per shingle), 130 MPH wind uplift rating (6 nails per shingle) 10 year limited StreakGuard algae resistance, Limited lifetime material warranty
Cost: $30.00 to $35.00 per bundle, three bundles per 100 square feet
Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration: Architectural / Dimensional Shingles
If you are planning to install an asphalt shingle roof on your home, then going with high-performance architectural shingles can offer a good value for the money. Owens Corning TruDefinition Duration shingles are a step up from OC Oakridge 30-year architectural shingles. OC TruDefinition Duration shingles are designed and built to last, and with their vibrant colors, they do so in style.
Did you know? TruDefinition is Owens Corning’s color design platform specially formulated to capture bright, vibrant hues and dramatic shades. This shingle features a thicker and longer-lasting design and 3-dimensional appearance/profile.
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OC Duration shingles feature a patented SureNail technology that provides strength and durability to the roof. The SureNail strip on Duration shingles is a tough-engineered woven fabric on the nailing line, allowing for fast and accurate nailing. The outstanding grip of the SureNail strip provides exceptional wind resistance with 130 MPH limited warranty
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.
OC TruDefinition Duration shingles are rated for up to 130 MPH wind uplift thanks to their tough and grippy SureNail strip. This means you can install these shingles in some of the stringest building code areas such as Miami Dade county.
From the peace of mind, roof longevity and durability perspective, it’s almost always worth considering installing architectural shingles vs. 3-tab, especially if you happen to live near the coast or in an area that is frequented by storms and hurricane-grade wind gusts.
Performance: 130 MPH wind uplift rating, 10 year StreakGuard limited algae resistance warranty, limited “Lifetime” warranty
What we like about Duration Shingles:
- Features unique “triple layer” of reinforcement where the fabric overlays two shingle layers, called the common bond area
- Up to 200% wider common bond area in the nailing zone over standard shingles
Cost: $32.00 to $39.00 per bundle, three bundles per 100 square feet
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Owens Corning Duration Cool Color Premium: Architectural / Dimensional Limited Lifetime Shingles
Performance: 130 MPH wind uplift rating, Cool Roof, Solar Reflective Color, 10 year limited algae resistance, limited “Lifetime” warranty
Cost: $53.50 per bundle, four bundles per 100 square feet
Owens Corning Berkshire Collection: Premium Shingles
Performance: 110 MPH wind uplift rating, 10 year limited algae resistance, limited “Lifetime” warranty
Cost: $49.50 per bundle, five bundles per 100 square feet
Your material cost per square with a premium shingles option starts at $250 per square, plus underlayment, nails, ice-and-water, and other supplies necessary for the installation of a new roof.
If you are having a professional contractor install the roof, then we would recommend that you have them price their labor separately from the cost of materials item line, as some contractors will simply charge double the cost of materials for their labor and overhead.
As you can easily calculate, this would cost you about $600 per square for labor and contractor’s overhead based on the premium shingles material cost of approximately $300 per square.
Thus, if you simply accept their proposition without an effort to ask for a fair price, you could end-up paying almost $900 per square. — This is nearly as much money as you would normally need to pay for an entry-level metal roof!
As far as the breakdown of costs goes, we would suggest that professional labor costs to install premium shingles should be only marginally higher than what you would normally pay to install mid-grade architectural shingles.
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