Sunday, March 11, 2012

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingle Reviews and Ratings
Asphalt Roof Shingles - Choices and Reviews
GAF, Malarkey, IKO, BP, Certainteed, Owens Corning

General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS) Offers Asphalt Roof Shingle Replacement, Repair, and Maintenance in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between. Asphalt Shingles Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan.

Options for Re-Roofing Your Home With Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingle Re-Roof Material We Use and Review Below
GAF, Malarkey, Owens Corning, Certainteed, IKO, and BP Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Residential, Multi-Family, and Commercial Roofing Contractors

Our Review of IKO Shingles

GRS repairs and replaces IKO roof shingles on a day-to-day basis.

About IKO Shingles..IKO has a full choice range of shingle materials, IKO representation in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan is very good (IKO started in Calgary, Alberta). IKO shingles are readily in stock at suppliers and retail stores like Rona. IKO quality is very consistent also. The Cambridge, Royal Estate, Grandeur, Armourshake, and Crowne Slate are favorites of our roofers.

IKO Amourshake Shingles
From IKO roofing website, "IKO believes the success and longevity of their company is attributed to three key ingredients: Top quality products, continuous innovation and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. A family-owned company now for three generations, IKO intends to be around for many more. IKO products are found on distinctive residential, commercial and engineering structures in more than 50 countries. IKO operates over 20 manufacturing plants globally." [ Source: ]

This blog has reviews on specific IKO Asphalt Shingles (we review IKO Marathon Ultra, Cambridge, Royal Estate, Grandeur, and Armourshake, Crowne Slate, and more). Simply search in the search bar provided at the top right of the page.

Our Review of GAF Shingles

About GAF Shingles. GAF was founded in 1886, GAF is North America’s largest manufacturer for commercial and residential roofing.

From the GAF Roofing Website, "GAF attributes its success to be a unique philosophy of: Helping property owners & architects to make their best and safest roofing choices, helping supportive distributors and roofing contractors to build their businesses and avoid hassles." [ Source: ]

GAF Tru Slate - Slate Roof
The roofers at GRS consistently rate the GAF shingle offering (the complete line of GAF shingles) to be excellent and GAF provides specific solutions for various roof requirements. GAF manufactures a premium - consistent asphalt roof shingle and they have wide range of options for shingle style, shingle texture, colors, and optional material that can be used for re-roofing your home (GAF supplies a unique product called GAF Tru Slate for example).

Our blog contains a number of GAF Reviews - type your search in the search box provided at the top right of the page.

Our Review of Certainteed Shingles

From the Certainteed Website, "CertainTeed is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the top 100 industrial companies in the world. Saint-Gobain employs approximately 22,000 people in North America and more than 109,000 people in 64 countries world-wide." [ Source: ]

Certainteed Shingles
Certainteed Roofing has a comprehensive offering of quality asphalt roof shingles, some of the Certainteed shingles are known as top performers in their specific categories.

The reviews and ratings of asphalt roof shingles from the roofers at GRS of Certainteed reflect this statement also. The Presidential, Landmark, and GrandManor Certainteed shingles compete extremely well in their respective categories. Our roofers consistently report quality the quality to be consistent. We have had excellent commercial and residential roofing success when re-roofing with Certainteed shingles like the Presidential, especially in areas where a shake looking shingle is the only option (beyond real cedar shake) to comply with architectural controls of the residential neighborhood.

Search our blog for Certainteed shingle reviews.

Malarkey Shingles
Our Review of Malarkey Shingles

From the Malarkey Website, "Since 1956, Malarkey Roofing Products™ has operated as a family owned, professionally managed, privately held company, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Malarkey believes in creating long-term value for customers and business partners. Striving for excellence propels Malarkey to new heights in polymerization and the development of long lasting products." [ Source: ]

If you know anything about General Roofing Systems Canada and the position or ratings our shinglers take with respect to Malarkey, you will know that the reviews from our roofers are always positive toward Malarkey.

Malarkey Legacy Shingle
Malarkey shingles are in our estimation one of the best alternatives to more traditional or popular asphalt roofing shingles like the BP Harmony, IKO Cambridge, etc. Not that IKO Cambridge or BP Harmony are poor shingles - they are very good asphalt shingles in their respective categories (we recommend and rate them high for their category), and it isn't fair to compare a Malarkey Legacy with the Zone nailing strip and the modified rubber polymers in the shingle vs. an asphalt based shingle in a completely different category. What we do try and do however, whenever possible, is to move our customers that would normally consider something along the lines of a BP Harmony or IKO Cambridge (as examples) in to a more premium SBS Rubber based IKO or Malarkey product like the Malarkey Legacy Shingle. Comparing a Malarkey Legacy vs an IKO Cambridge isn't reality, you have to compare a Malarkey Legacy vs. an IKO rubber shingle and not an asphalt shingle. The  reason we try and move our customers up just one step in pricing is the price difference is nominal and you receive a premium roof shingle that performs exceptionally well - instead of a good asphalt shingle you get a great asphalt shingle with SBS Rubber Modifiers.

Calgary, Alberta recently experienced two wind storms that blew shingle off approximately 25,000 - 50,000 rooftops in Calgary and Southern Alberta. We experienced not one blow off with the Malarkey Legacy shingles. Now that, in our opinion deserves a high rating!

Search our blog for Malarkey Shingle Reviews which includes the Northwest, Legacy, Highlander, Ecoasis, Alaskan, Dura-Seal, Hurricane, and the Zone technology from Malarkey.

Our Review Owens Corning Shingles

From the Owens Corning Website, "Owens Corning is a global residential and commercial building material provider. A Fortune® 500 Company for 57 consecutive years, Owens Corning is driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives." [ Source: ]

Owens Corning asphalt shingles are now represented and readily available in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan at roofing suppliers and retail stores such as Lowes. The quality of the Owens Corning asphalt shingle has always been good and comprehensive with choices of colors, models, and textures.

Owens Corning Colonial Slate
Our experience with Owens Corning is more limited than with BP, IKO, Malarkey, GAF, and Certainteed but all indications are from the ratings and reviews from our shinglers is that they are a good quality asphalt shingle.

Our Review of BP Shingles

The BP asphalt shingle line-up is well represented in Western Canada and includes the Manoir, Everest, Mystique, Harmony, Mirage, Yukon, and Dakota. The Harmony shingle is the most popular of the BP shingles and it is available in a wide selection of colors. [ Source; ]

Visit our roof blog for BP Shingle Reviews that include the Eclipse, Everest, Mystique, Manoir, Harmony, Dakota, Mirage, and Yukon and a BP Harmony Review.

Metro Metal Shingle
Cedar Roof Shake Looking Textured Shingles

Designer asphalt shingles such as the 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, Grand Manor, and the IKO Royal Estate and Armourshake shingles are examples of designer materials that achieve textured roof profiles.

Click Here for a Guide on What to Watch for When Hiring Roofing Contractors and to How to Shingle a Roof.

For asphalt roof repair or replacement pricing call us at +1.877.497.3528 or click here for an online re-roof price estimate request form.

Roof Shingle Reviews and Ratings

Until next time,

The Team at GRS


General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS) is a Roof Repair and Replacement Contractor Serving BC, AB, SK. Asphalt Roofing Shingles Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.


Calgary Roofing

General Roofing Systems Canada (Calgary)
240 - 70 Shawville Boulevard SE
Suite 1460
Calgary, Alberta Canada
T2Y 2Z3
+1.403.873.7663 Service
+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free
+1.403.387.0318 Calgary Shop
+1.403.617.9803 Project Manager Direct (Mobile)

Calgary Shop:
76 – 4807 32 Street SE
Calgary, Alberta Canada
T2B 2W1

Edmonton Roofing

General Roofing Systems Canada (Edmonton)
3428 99 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
T6E 5X5
+1.780.424.7663 Service
+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free
+1.780.800.4947 Project Manager Direct (Mobile)

Edmonton Shop:
3 - 12916 156 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
For deliveries call in advance.

Vancouver Roofing

General Roofing Systems Canada (Vancouver)
1489 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC Canada
V7T 1B8
+1.604.261.7663 Service
+1.877.497.3528 Toll Free
+1.604.800.4353 Project Manager Direct (Mobile)

For roof repair, maintenance, or replacement in other areas of British Columbia, Alberta, or Saskatchewan click here for our roofing service regions or call +1.877.497.3528.

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