Confused by Roofing Shingle Options?

Roofing Shingles are available in ever changing profiles and colours.
If you are shopping for Roofing Shingles, below is a Roofing Shingle guide for homeowners.

General Roofing Systems Canada repairs shingle roofs throughout Canada. Our roofing services are available in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and points between.

Roofing Shingles – Roofing Shingle Manufacturer Links

Roofing Shingles – IKO Shingles
http://www.iko.com/products/residential/residentialall.asp

Roofing Shingles – GAF-ELK Shingles
http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residential/Products/Shingles/Shingles.aspx

Roofing Shingles – Certainteed Shingles
http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing

Roofing Shingles – BP Shingles
http://emcobp.com/products.aspx?f=1&cat=1

Roofing Shingles – Malarkey Shingles
http://www.malarkeyroofing.com/#/20/shingle-color-selector/

Roofing Shingles – Owens Corning Shingles
http://roofing.owenscorning.com/homeowner/index.aspx

Pitched Roofing Section of our Website for more Roofing Shingle ideas.
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Pitched_Roofing.html

Choosing a Roofing Shingle Company
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Choose_Roofing_Contractor.html

All the best with choosing your Roofing Shingles.

Remember, we are available 24.7 toll free if you have any questions about roofing shingles, re-roofing shingles; roofing shingle installation “how to”, roofing shingle DIY, types of roofing shingles available, roofing shingle quotes, how to choose roofing shingle companies, etc

Until next time,

The Roofers at GRS

CONTACT US:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)
24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

info@grscanadainc.com

Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, Winnipeg, Toronto and points between. British Columbia. Alberta. Saskatchewan. Manitoba. Ontario.

Owens Corning Shingles Review

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

Owens Corning Shingle Main Web Page
http://roofing.owenscorning.com/homeowner/shingles/

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 now have significant representation in Western Canada as of 2011, in that Lowes has them stocked on its shelves. Lowes stores have popped up all over Western Canada. This increases our comfort level with shingle style and colour 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. The Owens lineup is wide and represents designer, 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 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 as well. 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.

Our Review of Owens Corning Berkshire Shingles

The Berkshire Shingle line are a high end shingle product; classic, elegant and showing great street appeal. This would be a competitive shingle offering to IKO’s Royal Estate Shingle that became available in 2011. Colour choice with shingles is limited, which is common at this level of quality. I believe there are five colours 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.

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, 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 homeowners 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.

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 colours, has great texture, it’s a good looking shingle, and it has a moderate price point.

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 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.

Until Next Time,

The Team at GRS

CONTACT US:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)

24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

info@grscanadainc.com.

British Columbia | Alberta | Saskatchewan | Manitoba | Ontario

 

IKO Shingles

IKO Crowne Slate Shingle Reviews

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

IKO Crowne Slate Shingles Score Big with Consumer Report Reviews
IKO Crowne Slate Shingle has one of the Top 5 – Best Rated  reviews on the Market for 2011

IKO Shingles - Crowne Slate Shingle Reviews
IKO Shingles

IKO Crowne Slate, Owens Corning Berkshire, and the Certainteed Grand Manor all rate in Top 5 in the Consumer Reports annual  reviews. The products that provide the most competition for the IKO Crowne Slate Shingle are: the GAF Grand Slate, the Certainteed Centennial Slate shingle, Certainteed Grand Manor, IKO Royal Estate and in some aspects the Owens Corning Berkshire shingle.

If you can get away from the classic estate look or the 3 tab classic estate look, we would recommend the Malarkey Legacy SBS Modified Shingle. however, in regards to the classic estate shingle reviews, here’s what we’ve discovered this year from the installers in the field  along with what the Consumers Reports has to say.

Roofer’s Review of IKO Shingles

The new IKO Royal Estate is an excellent shingle and consistently receives positive reviews from our installers.

The GAF Grand Slate , Certainteed Centennial Slate and the Owens Corning Berkshire shingle are all exceptional shingles. Yet what stands out this year in reviews from the installers is clearly the IKO Royal Estate Shingle and the IKO Crown Slate Shingle.

Hands down these two shingles are being reviewed by our  replacement installers as the best shingles available for 2011 (classic style or estate profile shingles). This is also agreed upon by Consumer Reports. Our installers most specifically like the no hassle 15 year front end warranty on the IKO Shingles and the SBS Modified Component of shingle such as the IKO Crowne Slate. The GAF Grand Slate is asphalt (a respectable shingle), but not an SBS Modified Shingle like the Crowne Slate or Grandeur Shingle from IKO.

Consumers Reports Rates / Reviews Shingles

The latest available Consumers report has the following reviews available for shingles:

The Certainteed Grand Manor Shingle, Owens Corning Berkshire Shingle, and the IKO Crowne Slate Shingle all rate in the top 5 Shingles Reviewed with  review ratings of 87, 87, 86 respectively.

In the opinion of our shinglers installing the new IKO Royal Estate shingle, they feel  the Royal Estate shingle would receive a high rating as well, yet it was not included in the reviews.

Also missing from the reviews were the Malarkey Legacy shingles. This particular shingle is also a favorite amongst our installers.

So when considering the classic look shingle this year, give the SBS Modified IKO Crowne Slate a look (which is a bold looking shingle) or the IKO Royal Estate shingle, and if you would like to stray away from the classic look, take a look at the Malarkey Legacy SBS Modified shingle.

For more information on roof shingles, reviews or how to install shingles , take a few moments to review to documents below. Another great search tool to gain some information regarding shingles would be to search our roofing blog (top right corner of page. And as always there is plenty of information on our main website.
Other GRS Roof Repair and Roof Replacement Links and Documents

Roof Repair Page on Web Site  https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roof_Repairs.html

Choosing a Roofing Contractor for your Roof Replacement https://www.grscanadainc.com/Choose_Roofing_Contractor.html

What Makes our Roof Installers Different – Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee

https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roofing_Installers.html

 

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

About General Roofing Systems Canada

General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS) is a Comprehensive Roofing Contractor Installing Shingles through-out BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Shingles Installers in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Cranbrook, Banff, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

CONTACT US:
General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS)
24 Hour Emergency Roof Repair: Call +1.877.497.3528 toll-free.

info@grscanadainc.com

Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lloydminster, Canmore, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Vancouver, Whistler, Cranbrook, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto and all points between. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario.

 

 

A Guide to Roofing Shingles

Are the many different choices of Roofing Shingles confusing you?

Roofing Shingles are available in ever changing profiles and colours.
If you are shopping for Roofing Shingles, below is a Roofing Shingle guide for homeowners.

Our Roofing Shingles are available in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler and rural points between.

Roofing Shingle Manufacturer Links:

IKO Shingles

GAF-ELK Shingles

Certainteed Shingles

BP Shingles

Malarkey Shingles

Owens Corning Shingles


You can visit the Pitched Roofing section of our website for more Roofing Shingle ideas, or also visit our page on Choosing a Roofing Shingle Company.

All the best with choosing your Roofing Shingles.

And remember, we are available 24.7 toll free if you have any questions about roofing shingles, re-roofing shingles; roofing shingle installation “how to”, roofing shingle DIY, types of roofing shingles available, roofing shingle quotes, how to choose roofing shingle companies, etc.

Until Next Time,

The Team at GRS

About Us
General Roofing Systems Canada is a Comprehensive Building Envelope and Roofing Company serving Western Canada. Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Regina, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, and points between.

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Mail to:
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Calgary, Alberta Canada
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Edmonton, Alberta
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Vancouver, British Columbia
Mail to:
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West Vancouver, BC Canada
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