Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Owens Corning Shingles - Shingle Reviews, Owens Corning Shingle Review

Owens Corning Shingles - Berkshire
Owens Corning Shingles
Shingle Review for Owens Corning

General Roofing Systems Canada installs Owens Corning shingles through-out Western Canada. Owens Corning shingles installed in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

Owens Corning Shingles: Shingle Review from the Shingle Installers at General Roofing Systems Canada

Owens Corning Shingles 2011 - Our Review in General
Owens Corning Shingles, by default, are a substantial and predictable manufacturer of shingles - Owens Corning is obviously a substantial company. However, in Canada, at least in Western Canada, Owens Corning hasn't been represented until now in a way that say IKO or BP shingles have. IKO has significant distribution roots in Western Canada being they are originally from the Calgary, AB area - so our confidence in a predictable representation in the IKO shingle is "very high", and BP Shingles have been well represented through stores like Home Depot and traditional roofing suppliers for some time in Western Canada.

Owens Corning Shingles do now have significant representation in Western Canada as of 2011, in that Lowes has the Owens Corning Shingles stocked on the shelves. Lowes stores have popped up all over Western Canada. This increases our comfort level with shingle style and color availability and warranty / service support locally in Western Canada.

Owens Corning Shingles have always performed well and are a predictable shingle product. In the same way that we would review the performance, quality, and choice of shingles in our IKO Shingle Reviews on this blog.... we encourage homeowners with specialized or specific requirements from their shingles to look at alternatives in the market also. Owens Corning Shingle line up is wide and does represent designer and luxury and algae resistant requirements, but specific to those and other particular needs we always encourage homeowners to look at alternatives to be sure the right choice of shingle is made. For example, if you are re roofing a shake roof (be it cedar shake or a pine shake roof) and you are looking for a really nice looking shake looking shingle that is specific to your "preference" to replace your shake roof, then you want to look at the alternative shingles available in the higher price range to be sure your preference is met - luxury or specialty shingles, especially the true shake looking shingles with the right profiles are a significant expense.

In summary, Owens Corning Shingles are a solid choice for homeowners that require a modest, mid, or mid-high shingle for their home. The higher end more costly shingles meet more scrutiny in the marketplace and choice of shingle becomes more specific to personal preference. Malarkey, GAF, etc have high end offerings that should be considered also. And now that stores like Lowes are carrying the Owens Corning Shingles in Western Canada, the representation, supply, types, and colors of shingles readily available will be predictable for homeowners.

Owens Corning Shingles

Owens Corning Shingle Main Web Page

Owens Corning Shingle availability is regionally dependent. Give us a ring (+1.877.497.3528) or an email at and we can check availability of shingle type and shingle color for you.

Owens Corning Shingles - Owens Corning Berkshire Shingle Collection - Slate Looking Shingle - Limited Lifetime Warranty - Leed Certified Shingle

Owens Corning Berkshire Shingle Web Page

Our Review of Owens Corning Berkshire Shingles
The Berkshire Shingle line are a high end shingle product. The appearance is classic and elegant and the shingle shows great street appeal. This would be a competitive shingle offering to IKO's Royal Estate Shingle that became available in 2011. Color choice with shingle is limited which is common at this level of shingle, I believe there are five colors currently available. Owens Corning has a 10 Year "Tru Protection" period on their shingles (which would be similar to the 15 Year no grief protection IKO Shingles carry), and the Berkshire shingle has a Limited Lifetime Warranty coverage.

How to Shingle Roof - Owens Corning Shingle Installation DIY Guide for the Berkshire Shingle

How to Shingle Roof - General Roofing Systems "How to Shingle Roof" Homeowner Guide

Owens Corning Shingles - Owens Corning Woodmoor Shingle Collection - Rustic Wood Shake Looking Shingles - Algae Resistant - 10 Year Tru Protection - Limited Lifetime Shingle Warranty

Owens Corning Woodmoor Shingle Web Page

Our Review of Owens Corning Woodmoor Shingle 
The Owens Corning Woodmoor Shingle Collection is for the shake to asphalt conversion market. The Woodmoor Shingle would be a similar shingle offering to the IKO Armourshake (which we have reviewed on this blog), the Certainteed Presidential TL, and others from shingle manufacturers like GAF and Malarkey.

Many of our clients in Alberta, in areas like Calgary and Edmonton have a real shingle re roof dilemma if they are re roofing a Pine Shake roof. Short story is that not all Pine Shake roofs in Alberta performed as represented. The challenge these homeowners face, is replacing a Pine Shake roof that has a thick profile and texture and getting that same look in an asphalt shingle. When they price out Cedar Shake costs or Pine Shake Costs quite often they look to this category of Shake Look-Alike Shingles. Then the price of the high profile shake looking shingles can become price prohibitive. We encourage home-owners in this category of shingle shopping to consider all options.

In high wind areas such as the open prairies it is also nice to consider a heavier shingle like the Shake Looking Shingles, and in areas like North Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler our clients consider the Shake Shingle Look of the Owens Corning Woodmoor and similar shingle offerings to be appropriate to the surroundings and provide excellent street appeal. We have even convinced areas with Architectural Controls for the roofing material being used to re-consider some of the shingle offerings that show a great shake look. Whistler for example has a Shake consideration in the Architectural Controls as does Fairmont, BC where we recently completed a Shake to Shake Looking Shingle Conversion in one of these areas.

We have a blog posting on the topic of "Choosing Cedar and Pine Shakes" and Shake to Shingle conversion re roofing and choices of shake shingles for a shake profile or shake textured shingles such as; Certainteed Landmark TL, Certainteed Presidential TL Ultimate, GAF Elk Grande Prestique, Certainteed Presidential Shake, GAF ELK Grand Sequioa, GAF ELK Grand Canyon, GAF ELK Country Mansion, GAF ELK Camelot, Certainteed Carriage House or Grand Manor, and the IKO Armourshake shingles at;

You can also search "shake" or similar topics in the search box at the top right side of our blog. The search will provide results for our blog, pages linked to our blog, and the internet.

The Owens Corning Woodcrest Shingle Collection is a very similar offering as the Owens Corning Woodmoor. The primary difference is the weight of the shingle and the subsequent cost of the shingles.

Owens Corning Woodcrest Shingle Web Page

Owens Corning WeatherGuard HP Shingles - Laminate Shingle - Lifetime Limited Warranty - High Wind Shingle - 10 Year "Tru Protection" - Algae Resistant Shingle

Owens Corning Weatherguard HP Shingle Web Page

Our Review of the Owens Corning WeatherGuard Shingle
The Owens Corning WeatherGuard Shingle is a true high performance shingle. Impact resistant (our clients in southern and central Alberta get a hail beating every year), HIGH WIND RATING IS 130 MPH and we have many homeowners that constantly struggle with high wind areas and blow offs etc. Coming home after a vacation to find your shingles blown off and a major leak and moisture in your home really is not fun. The Owens Corning WeatherGuard Shingle is one of the best in its class - hand down. This shingle is available in lots of colors, has great texture, it's a good looking shingle, and it has a moderate price point.

Owens Corning Shingles - Owens Corning Duration Shingles - Laminate Shingle - Limited Lifetime Warranty - 10 Year "Tru Protection" - Available with Algae Resistance

Owens Corning Duration Shingles Web Page

Our Review of the Owens Corning Duration Shingles
The Duration Shingles from Owens Corning would be a similar offering to the IKO Cambridge Shingles, BP Harmony Shingles, etc. It is the standard laminate shingle offering in the mid range that most homeowners purchase. The price of the Owens Corning Duration shingles is competitive, the performance is competitive, and the shingle profile and texture Owens Corning Duration is a good looking laminate shingle. A great shingle product for the average homeowner in Western Canada.

Owens Corning Shingles - Oakridge Shingles
The Oakridge line of Owens Corning Shingles is a laminate similar to the Duration Shingles above but the entry step up from the 3 Tab Shingle offerings below.

Owens Corning Shingles - Supreme AR Owens Corning Shingles - 3 Tab - 25 Year Warranty - 5 Year "Tru Protection"

Owens Corning Supreme Shingles
The Supreme Shingle offering from Owens Corning is the traditional 3 tab shingle. There are many colors available and they are inexpensive. The perform as well as any other offering on the market for 3 Tab shingles. Our only word of advice as it applies to a 3 Tab Shingle, be sure to know what you are doing before you start shingling. Learning how to shingle a 3 Tab shingle is different than the Laminate Shingle offerings above.

Owens Corning Shingle Warranty

Owens Corning Shingle Warranty Web Page - Includes Limited Lifetime Shingle Warranty and the "10 Year Tru Protection" Categories.

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

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