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Roof Shingles: Key Factors & Comparisons

Done Right Roofing does not represent any residential roof shingles manufacturer or work exclusively with any product.  However, from our experience over the years with many manufacturers, we do know that certain roof shingles are better suited for certain roof slopes or weather conditions.

We have selected only those manufacturers and products we feel offer homeowners the best value. Our selection is limited to architectural laminate shingles, because this new era of shingles offers the best overall performance. This shingle is composed of fibreglass mat that is covered in asphalt and then coated with granules.

Factors to Consider

The three major factors to consider when selecting roof shingles are:

  • How long do I want this roofing system to last?
  • Does my roof have a low slope or a steep slope?
  • Does the location of my home expose it to any extreme weather conditions such as high wind or hail?

Based on your answers to these questions, the chart below should help you select the perfect product for your home. Remember, no matter how great the roofing product, it will only live up to your expectations if it has been properly installed by a qualified roofing contractor. If your roof shingles aren’t installed to manufacturer specifications, the shingle warranty is void.

Shingle Comparisons

Shingle Cambridge
Manufacturer IKO
Non-prorated warranty 15 years
Prorated warranty 50 years
Low slope warranty limitations 12 years
Maximum wind resistance 210 km/hr
Cost range Less expensive
Special features & recommendations:
Made in Canada and well priced. Recommended for high wind areas. Not recommended for low slope roofs.

 

Shingle Timberline
Manufacturer GAF
Non-prorated warranty 5 years
Prorated warranty 30 years
Low slope warranty limitations No restrictions
Maximum wind resistance 177 km/hr
Cost range Moderately expensive
Special features & recommendations:
Dura Grip Adhesive: This strip of tar at the middle & bottom of the shingle acts as an extra powerful sealant.

 

Shingle Highlander
Manufacturer Malarkey
Non-prorated warranty 3 years
Prorated warranty 30 years
Low slope warranty limitations No restrictions
Maximum wind resistance 113 km/hr
Cost range Moderately expensive
Special features & recommendations:
“The Zone” design increases nailing accuracy. Recommended for lower slope roofs in moderate wind areas. Malarkey’s warranty is unique as they let you select any competitor’s warranty and match it.

 

Shingle Legacy
Manufacturer Malarkey
Non-prorated warranty 10 years
Prorated warranty 50 years
Low slope warranty limitations No restrictions
Maximum wind resistance 177 km/hr
Cost range More expensive
Special features & recommendations:
SBS Rubber Modified Asphalt Shingle. This rubber mixture in the asphalt shingle makes it incredibly hail resistant. Highly, recommended for high-risk hail areas. Also recommended for lower slope roofs in moderate wind areas. Malarkey’s warranty is unique as they let you select any competitor’s warranty and match it.