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 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.
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.
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 fee
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. It’s called architectural or dimensional because it appears to be more 3D compared to its less-durable and flatter 3-tab shingle counterpart. This shingle is 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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Owens Corning Duration Cool Color Premium: Architectural / Dimensional Limited Lifetime Shingles
Performance: 130mph 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: 110mph 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 negotiate the cost of labor down, you will end-up paying almost $900 per square. — This is nearly as much money as you would normally pay for an entry-level metal roof!
As far as the breakdown of costs goes, we would suggest that your labor costs for a premium shingles roofing option should be only marginally higher than what you would normally pay to install architectural shingles.
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