IKO Shingle Reviews

General Roofing Systems Canada installs IKO Shingles throughout Canada. IKO Shingle Installations are completed in the following cities; 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.

Service. An advantage that GRS has in Western Canada for shingle installations are the markets we service. In Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Regina, IKO shingles remain well stocked and distribution is highly efficient. This is a key value for us in servicing our customers.

Due to the competent distribution, local support, and the exclusive IKO 15 Year ironclad portion of the Warranty Coverage that’s offered with the IKO Shingles, our crews would rate these shingles with a moderately high rating.

Quality. With respect to the quality of IKO shingles, the IKO line has a moderately high rating. Their line also exhibits a high level of diversity across specific use cases. Some examples are: High Wind Rated Shingles, Shake Looking Shingles, Luxury Shingles, Algae Resistant Shingles, Energy Efficient Shingles, Low Slope Shingles.

Colors/Profiles/Textures. Most IKO shingles are 100_0710available in a variety of colours. This happens to be a large selling feature with this brand. IKO shingles come in a neat and clean wrapper that is a result of the brand’s consistency with their manufacturing process. This is an important feature for this type of product as shingles need to be installed properly with the correct sizing. Should a shingle be misshapen due to a packaging error, this would affect the overall quality  of function for the shingle itself.

Shingle size consistency becomes really important if a DIY  Installation is being completed. You do not want to learn or attempt to do a shingle project by yourself with shingles that don’t fit together properly.

The textures of the  shingles, or the “Shake Look”, may or may not not suit a high end shingle purchaser. As soon as you get into the Luxury Shingles or shingles that cost the same as tile, then we would advise you to choose an alternative type. The top end of the shingle prices  becomes more of a process of comparisons amongst the selections and ultimately choosing what you prefer.

Here are our reviews broken down by specific IKO offerings. You can click the subheadings to open a new window for each product. Warranty coverage may also be found by following these links.

Marathon Ultra AR 
Our crews regularly use this type as it is an economical 3 tab shingle that installs well and holds up well to the elements. Installation of 3 tab shingles take more skill in some respect. If you attempt to do this on your own, please search our blog for shingle installation guides.

Cambridge
IKO Cambridge shingles are another standard type for our installers. They are consistent with being one of the top performers in their class. The IKO Cambridge shingle is a mid to mid-high grade shingle that is perfect for standard installations. They are readily available and  available in a wide variety of colors. Cambridge shingles are made of  laminate, they are considered to be a designer shingle, and are covered under the IKO Limited lifetime warranty.

Royal Estate
We install IKO Royal Estate Shingles typically only on estate homes. The Royal Estate shingle is an excellent looking laminate shingle that has a traditional estate look. The Royal Estate shingle stacks up to any high end shingle offering on the market with the same slate look for a fraction of the price.

Grandeur (Discontinued)
IKO Grandeur Shingles are one IKO’s SBS Modified high quality shingle selection. This selection is considered to be one of the best due to  The technology used for the asphalt. If you need to install shingles in cold weather , the IKO Grandeur Shingle would be a wise choice on account of it easy installations despite mother natures elements. The only down-sides to theGrandeur IKO Shingles is the high cost and limited color selection, otherwise they are a great shingles and considered one of the best on the market in BC, Alberta and  Saskatchewan for 2011.

Armourshake
The IKO Armourshake Shingle is often over-looked by homeowners. However we really enjoy installing this particular type of  shingle. It is a high end shingle selection from IKO that stands up well against the competition. It has an original design that is often a high interest point with our customers as it adds a unique and elegant finish to your roof.

Now we would like to advise home owners to be aware of selecting high end shingles, as they are often unaware that they contain designs. So when you are completing your roofing project and have selected this particular shingle , you will need to take into account the design for the overall finished look. our specialists at GRS will  always suggest home owners to go with a rep and view different roof lines to get a better sense for the over all designs that are available.

Overall the IKO Armourshake is a great choice if you are aiming for a higher end shingle that has more of a textured pattern to it. the shingles themselves are more costly yet offer a great selection of colors.

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.

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.

Certainteed Landmark Roof Shingles

General Roofing Systems Canada provides shingle installations throughout Canada. Shingle Installations are completed in the following cities; 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

A Review of Certainteed Landmark Shingle from the Installers in the Field 

Certainteed Landmark Shingles

After installations using the CertainTeed Landmarks shingle are complete we receive reports from our installers about the use of the product. Based on the reports received from our crews, the CertainTeed Landmark shingles have a high satisfaction rate. Along with the exceptional reviews from our installers, the Certaineed landmark shingles also have a high rating in the marketplace.

Certainteed Landmark Shingles have the wide-track nailing line that is 1 1/2″. They are impact resistant and possess a UL 2218 Class 4 rating and the have the patented Tri-Laminate that gives the shingle a thick shake look, or a shake like appearance. If you are considering a shingle that has a great shake look – the Certainteed Landmark TL is a great choice.

For other great shingle products that have been reviewed  by our installers, simply type “shingle review” in the search box provided at the top right portion of this roofing blog.


About the CertainTeed Landmark Shingle

Certainteed Landmark Shingle
Certainteed Landmark Shingle

 

 

 

 

Certainteed Landmark Asphalt Shingle Warranty http://www.certainteed.com/resources/GeneralAsphaltShinglesWarrantyEnglish.pdf

Certainteed Landmark Designer Shingle Brochure http://www.certainteed.com/resources/LandmarkSeriesBrochNorthwest.pdf

Certainteed Landmark Designer Shingle – Web Page http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/residential/designer/308747

Certainteed Landmark Premium Shingle – Brochure http://www.certainteed.com/resources/LandmarkSeriesBrochNorthwest.pdf

Certainteed Landmark Premium Shingle – Web Page http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/residential/premium-designer/308926

Certainteed Landmark TL Shingle Brochure – Shake Roof Shingle Look 

Certainteed Landmark TL – Shake Shingle, Luxury Shingle, Triple Laminate Shingle – Web Page http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/residential/luxury/308956

Certainteed Landmark Shingle Pictures – Online Photo Gallery of Landmark Shingles http://www.certainteed.com/idea-center/gallery/roofing

Certainteed Landmark Shingle – How to Install Roof Shingles.

How to Install Shingles – General Roofing Systems Canada Shingle Installation Guide https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roof_Replacement_Home_Guide.html      

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

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.

 

BP Shingle Review

General Roofing Systems Canada installs BP 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.

BP Shingle Review – 2015 Update

Just a quick update from the project management desk at General Roofing Systems Canada (GRS).

Recently BP released a new line of shingles called the Mystique 42 (previously the BP Harmony shingle). Initial reports from our installers is that this shingle will likely compete right along with the Malarkey Legacy shingle. We will report more as we install more on roofs in Canada this year.

More on the BP Mystique 42 (Harmony) shingle from BP Website:

“This breakthrough, hurricane-resistant protection features two sealant bands that lock out water and wind driven rain to guarantee your peace of mind.

Mystique 42 is a 42 inch Laminate asphalt shingle made from a fibreglass mat and surfaced with mineral granules. Mystique 42 is covered by a Lifetime Warranty. Its standard wind Warranty covers up to 180 km/hr (110 mph) and its High Wind Warranty covers up to 220 km/hr (135 mph) as per special application instructions.”

BP Shingles 2011 – Our Review in General of the BP Shingle Line

BP Shingles, a division of Building Products Corp, is a major shingle manufacturer in Canada. In Canada, the representation at the retail store level and the shingle supplier level is excellent. I believe both Home Depot Shingle Depart and the Rona Stores carry them. Their distribution across Canada is excellent.

The quality of the BP Shingle would be similar to the IKO Shingle. The manufacturing process of the two shingles are different at BP than IKO, so this isn’t necessarily “technically true”, but the two shingle companies do focus on the same segment of shingle purchaser. BP shingles tend to focus on the low price, mid price, and mid to high priced shingles – like IKO.

In summary, our installers like to install the BP shingles, GRS as a company installs BP Shingles regularly, and have very few problems (if any difficulty it is with shingles butting up perfectly which is no big deal). BP Shingles are very well represented, and the shingle choices, colors, and textures in the BP Shingle Line are varied. BP Shingles are an excellent choice for most home-owners.

Designer Shingles

Asphalt Shingle Residential Roofing Main Web Page
http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/products/residential-roofing/asphalt-roofing-shigles/

BP Eclipse GL Shingle – Top Ranked – Shake Look Shingle – Heavy Weight – Double Layer – Laminate Shingle – Limited Lifetime Warranty
http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/products/residential-roofing/asphalt-roofing-shigles/architect-collection/eclipse-gl-east-/

Our Review of the Eclipse GL Shingle
The BP Eclipse GL is a moderately high end, premium shingle. It is heavyweight and the Eclipse GL Shingle does have pleasant street appeal. The BP Yukon SB Shingle or the BP Meridian 3D Shingle must accompany the BP Eclipse GL Shingle for the shingle cap. One advantage the Eclipse GL has is that for a mid high premium shingle it is available in seven colours. The Eclipse does offer a “Shake Like Look” but does not compete with other shingle offerings at the top end of the shingle market. In terms of quality and value for the price – hands down, the BP Eclipse GL is a great value for the money paid.

BP Everest Shingles – Double Layer Shingle – Laminate Shingle – Asphalt Shingle – Limited Lifetime Warranty Shingle – Weather-Tite Technology
http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/products/residential-roofing/asphalt-roofing-shigles/architect-collection/everest-east-only-/

BP Mystique Shingles
http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/products/residential-roofing/asphalt-roofing-shigles/architect-collection/mystique-east-only-/

Our Review of the BP Everest Shingles and the BP Mystique (economy version of the BP Everest Shingle)
The Everest Shingle and the Mystique Shingles are the mid road shingle that applies to the largest portion of the shingle purchasing market. These shingles compete with the likes of the IKO Cambridge. Our installers really enjoy installing the Everest Shingles and due to the minor difference in pricing of shingles we can’t say we’ve had opportunity to install the BP Mystique. We can only assume it performs well, as the Everest Shingle does, it is just a lighter weight shingle that doesn’t appear to have the wide nailing zone the BP Everest Shingles have, and is a less costly shingle offering.

BP Shingles – BP Manoir Shingle – Fiberglass Laminate Shingle – 3 Tab – Random Pattern 3 Tab Shingle – Limited Lifetime Warranty Shingle – Weather-Tight Technology

http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/products/residential-roofing/asphalt-roofing-shigles/architect-collection/manoir-east-/

Our Review of the BP Monoir Shingle

The BP Monoir Shingle is a favorite of the shingle installers at General Roofing Systems Canada – we can’t say enough about the advantages the BP Monoir has relative to other shingles in its class. The BP Monoir Shingle has some excellent value added features and a reasonable price. Here again, the Yukon SB Shingle or the Meridian 3D cap shingle must be used in conjunction with the BP Monoir Shingle.

The BP Monoir Shingle offers;

  • Random Pattern 3 Tab Shingle Design for street appeal that most 3 tab shingles don’t offer.
  • 3 Tab Dimensional Shingle look for a great textured looking 3 tab shingle.

  • Weather-Tight Technology is a great feature for high wind, rainy areas that cause typical shingles to leak.

  • The exposed part of the Monoir Shingle is twice the size of a regular shingle so it presents what shingle installers refer to “excellent shingle exposure or shingle coverage”.

  • The Monoir Shingle is an excellent value considering the cost of the shingle and performance.

Our Review of the Traditional 3 Tab Shingles from BP
All the 3-Tab shingle offerings are sound, dependable, predictable, and standard for the most part.

BP Dakota Shingle – Standard 3 Tab Shingle
The BP 3 Tab Dakota Shingle http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/products/residential-roofing/asphalt-roofing-shigles/classic-collection/dakota-east-/ is the lower cost 25 year 3 Tab BP Shingle.

BP Mirage GS Shingle – Dimensional 3 Tab Shingle
The 30 year BP Mirage GS Shingle is a 3 tab shingle but it is a 3 tab dimensional shingle and shows quite well  http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/products/residential-roofing/asphalt-roofing-shigles/classic-collection/mirage-gs-east-only-/.

BP Yukon SB Shingle – Fiberglass Heavy Weight 3 Tab Shingle
The Yukon BP Shingle is what we install most of when it comes to ordering BP 3 Tab Shingles. The BP Yukon is one of the best shingles you can buy in its class of shingles. It has a great dimensional look for a 3 tab, it is priced right, the color selection for the Yukon shingle is terrific, and it is a rugged shingle with a 30 year warranty.
http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/products/residential-roofing/asphalt-roofing-shigles/classic-collection/yukon-sb-east-/

Other BP Shingle Documents

BP Shingle Flyers and Brochures, Shingle Warranties
http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/documents/brochures-and-flyers/

How to Shingle a Roof Guide
http://www.bpcan.com/en-CA/documents/application-instructions/

General Roofing Systems Canada Documents

General Roofing Systems Canada – How to Shingle a Roof
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roof_Replacement_Home_Guide.html

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

What Makes our Shingle Installers Different – Lifetime Workmanship Guarantee
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Roofing_Installers.html

Shingle Section of our Web Site
https://www.grscanadainc.com/Pitched_Roofing.html

 

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

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

 

Asphalt Roof Shingles: Choices and Reviews

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, Banff, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Whistler, Winnipeg, Toronto and points between. British Columbia. Alberta. Saskatchewan. Manitoba. Ontario.

Asphalt Shingle Re-Roof Material We Use and Review Below

IKO Shingles:

GRS repairs and replaces IKO roof shingles on a daily basis.

IKO Roofing Shingles
IKO ROOFING SHINGLES

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

IKO Armourshake Shingles
IKO Armourshake Shingles

From the 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: www.iko.com ]

GAF Shingles:

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

GAF ROOFING SHINGLES
GAF ROOFING SHINGLES

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: www.gaf.com ]

GAF Tru Slate - Slate Roof
GAF Tru Slate – Slate Roof

The roofers at GRS consistently rate GAF offerings (complete line) to be of excellent quality. GAF also provides specific solutions for various roofing requirements. They manufacture a premium asphalt roof shingle with a wide range of options for shingle style, texture, colour, and optional material that can be used for re-roofing your home (for example, GAF Tru Slate).

Certainteed Shingles:

CERTAINTEED SHINGLES
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: www.certainteed.com ]

Certainteed Roofing has a comprehensive offering of quality asphalt roof shingles. Some of them are known as top performers in their specific categories.

The reviews and ratings of asphalt roof shingles from the roofers at GRS reflect this statement as well. The Presidential, Landmark, and GrandManor Certainteed shingles compete extremely well in their respective categories. Our roofers consistently report 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 the architectural controls of a residential neighbourhood.

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: malarkeyroofing.com ]

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

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 these examples are poor shingles – they are very good asphalMalarkey Roofingt shingles in their respectively categories. It also is not fair to compare a Malarkey Legacy with the Zone nailing strip and the modified rubber polymers in the shingle versus an asphalt-based shingle in a completely different category. However, what we do try, whenever possible, is to move our customers that would normally consider something along the lines of a BP Harmony or IKO Cambridge into a more premium SBS rubber-based IKO or Malarkey product (such as the Malarkey legacy shingle). Comparing a Malarkey Legacy versus an IKO Cambridge is not a reality; you have to compare a

Malarkey Legacy Shingle
Malarkey Legacy Shingle

Malarkey Legacy versus an IKO rubber shingle, not an asphalt one. The reason we try to move our customers up just one step in pricing is that the price difference is nominal for the premium quality you receive. Instead of a “good” asphalt shingle, you get a “great” one 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!

Owens Corning Shingles

OWENS CORNING SHINGLES
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: www.owenscorning.com ]

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, alongside a comprehensive choice of colours, models, and textures.

Owens Corning Colonial Slate
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.

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: www.bpcan.com ]

Cedar Roof Shake Looking Textured Shingles:

Metro Metal Shingle
Metro Metal Shingle

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.

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.

Until next time,

The Team at GRS

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Product Review: Malarkey Shingles

Malarkey Shingles are one of the top rated shingles on the market and tend to be a favorite for our roof installers for projects requiring replacements/ re-roofing. The malarkey shingle line up is considered to be one of the “best bought” as they are the most predictable shingles available for the 2011 roofing season.

Roof Conversions – Shake Roof Replacement

Shake roof replacement / re roofing decisions can be more complicated than shingle to shingle re roof decisions. For shake to shingle conversions of either Cedar shakes or Pine Shakes, the Malarkey Legacy shingle is one of the many options available. Although they are not as thick and they do not have the same shingle texture and profile that other shake to shingle replacement options offer, Such as Shingles from companies like Certainteed, IKO, and GAF.  The Malarkey Legacy shingle is an excellent SBS laminate shingle that demonstrates well in its category of shingle.

Malarkey Shingles

Malarkey Roofing Main Web Site: www.malarkeyroofing.com

Malarkey XL Review

The Malarkey Northwest XL Shingle is a respectable Asphalt Laminate Shingle. It is a 3M Scotchgard Algae Resistant Shingle. LOW SLOPE ROOFING – The Northwest specifications state that it can be installed onto slopes as low as 2:12 if you follow Malarkey underlay specifications for low slope roofing (pending upon your local building codes). The Malarkey Northwest is also a heavy shingle – a 4  bundle shingle that has a high tensile strength. Also, the Malarkey Northwest has the “Zone” technology that really assists with the application as the nailing zone is much larger than other conventional shingles. All in all, GRS installers recommend the Northwest Malarkey shingle when a strong, asphalt, laminate shingle is wanted.

 

Malarkey Legacy Review

Our overall review of the Malarkey SBS Rubber-Modified Asphalt Laminate Shingle states that it is often preferred by our installers. The SBS Modified Shingle component is an excellent selling feature of this shingle, not to mention the Zone nailing technology and the performance of the Malarkey Legacy.

The Malarkey Legacy shingle also has the 3M Scotchgard Algae Resistance and Malarkey allows Low Slope Roof installation to 2:12 as long as the Malarkey Shingle Installation Specification is followed.

Malarkey Highlander Review

The Highlander series are a asphalt laminate shingle which are considered by Malarkey as their “economical shingle”.  The cost savings of this shingle are the primary reason to not choose the Malarkey Legacy. It is important to note that the Malarkey Legacy is not an expensive shingle – but the Highlander shingle from Malarkey is most definitely a great cost effective choice if cost is the determining factor. The Malarkey Highlander would compete with shingles such as the IKO Cambridge laminate and the BP Harmony laminate shingle.

Malarkey ECOASIS Shingle Reviews – ECOASIS Premium AB Shingle (SBS Modified Shingle) and Malarkey ECOASIS Shingle (Asphalt Shingle):
Due to having never installed the Malarkey Solar Reflective shingle offerings named ECOASIS and ECOASIS Premium, due to the market being primarily based in the US, we are unable to provide an accurate and honest review. However,  GRS has great confidence in Malarkey shingles so we are very confident the ECOASIS shingle series is excellent.
Malarkey 3 Tab Shingle Reviews
In regards to reviewing the Malarkey 3 Tab Shingle offerings, there are not many comments to be mentioned as all the 3 tab products are of excellent quality with no conflicting qualities. We have not had many experiences with the Dura-Seal Malarkey (Fiberglass mat with Asphalt Shingle), yet we can say for certain that the Hurricane SBS Modified 3 Tab and the Malarkey Alaskan SBS Modified 3 Tab shingles are excellent choices.

 

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

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.

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.