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Question DetailsAsked on 11/13/2013

How does Owens Corning rate among shingles

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Which Ownes Corning Shingle - They have several different shingles.

Also you should look into your underlayments - underlayments are ultimately what makes your roof to be watersheding. Roof are not waterproof, they are watershedding and installed properly with the right flashing can last a long time but if you have poorly installed underlayments you will most definatley have a leak in no time. Best of Luck on your project - Richard Jeziorski -

Answered 6 years ago by LibertyRoofing


The two main manufacturers available in my area are Owen's Corning and GAF. I prefer Owen's Corning. They have a continuous tar bead on every shingle instead of just spots so there is better adhesion from one to the next. Also, GAF seems to be more brittle after being exposed to the Texas heat, making them harder to repair without doing more damage. All shingles get brittle but the GAF always seem to be much more difficult to work with when doing repairs. I always have to factor in double the number of shingles that are damaged due to additional damage while making the repairs. Not so much with Owen's Corning. When doing a new roofing project I choose Owen's Corning.

While on the topic of shingles: I'm not a fan of the 30 year or "lifetime" architectural shingles. They may look prettier from the street but the extra ridges also hold more debris in a lower pitched roof and at valleys. Also, the extra layers seem to hold in more heat which is a big problem here in Texas and excess heat shortens the life of shingles. In my experience, they don't seem to last any longer than a classic 3-tab shingle. I'm sure there are those that disagree but I can only give my opinion based on experience.

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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