Compare Owens Corning Duration Shingles vs GAF Timberline Shingles

Compare Owens Corning Duration Shingles vs GAF Timberline Shingles

Asphalt roofing still remains the most popular choice for roof replacement in Philadelphia and New Jersey, but how do you choose a shingle that is right for your home? Today, we will look at the pluses and minuses of the two most popular shingles on the market today; Owens Corning Duration Shingles & GAF Timberline Shingles.

Before we get into the differences, let’s compare the similarities. Both shingles offer a “limited lifetime warranty” and both are dimensional shingles. Dimensional shingles are what you see on homes that have re-roofed in the past 15 years. The dimensional shingles are more durable and better looking than the flat 3-tab shingles you see on older homes.

Owens Corning Duration Shingles

TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles with patented SureNail® Technology offer a high-end, premium look, which gives your home the aesthetics you desire, at an attractive price. Available in popular colors, TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles provide:

• A Limited Lifetime Warranty (for as long as you own your home)
• 130-MPH Wind Resistance Limited Warranty
• Algae Resistance Limited Warranty
• Bold, lively contrast
• Complementary shadow lines and greater dimension

Because almost every shingle roof manufacturer offers a ‘limited lifetime warranty’ it is the consumer’s job to read the fine print. Unfortunately, these product warranties only cover material and do not cover installation, removal or disposal of faulty shingles in the event of a manufacturer defect.

To protect against this, Owens Corning offers homeowners peace-of-mind by providing a list of Owen’s Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor Philadelphia that offers the Platinum Plus Warranty, a 50 year non-prorated warranty covering both labor and materials on the entire job!

GAF Timberline Shingles

GAF was the first company to really embrace the concept that you are not just installing shingles but in actuality you are installing a roof system. That is why they also offer extended warranty coverage, GAF GOLDEN PLEDGE WARRANTY Philadelphia when you install any GAF Lifetime Shingle & At Least 5 Qualifying GAF Accessories such as TimberTex ridge shingles and they’re premium breathable underlayment DeckArmor.

Compare Owens Corning Duration Shingles vs GAF Timberline Shingles

Deck-Armor™ Premium Breathable Roof Deck Protection combines exceptional strength and superior breathability to help protect your home against roof rot and other costly damage!

Exceptionally Strong… At least 600% greater tear strength than standard #30 felt.

Revolutionary Breathable Technology… Helps prevent inside moisture from becoming trapped within your roofing system — and causing mold, mildew, and expensive structural damage

Premium Construction… Exceptionally durable, non-asphaltic construction will not rot or become brittle (unlike conventional asphalt felts, which can disintegrate over time)

GAF Timberline Shingles are the most popular roof shingle installed in PA, NJ and DE which means they are easy to acquire and are readily available in every color.

Owens Corning Duration Shingles vs GAF Timberline Shingles: THE DECISION

In the end, you can’t go wrong with either shingle but in our opinion the BEST SHINGLE TO INSTALL in PHILADELPHIA is…Owens Corning Duration Shingles!

The final decision comes down to the fact that Owens Corning Duration Shingles offer the revolutionary SureNail Technology which increases the wind warranty and prevents loose or missing shingles in a wind storm.

Although, GAF roofing offers a Premium Roof Underlayment in Deck Armor, you experienced roofing contractor can combine the Deck Armor Underlayment with either shingle. So for the best of both worlds we recommend Owens Corning Duration Shingles with GAF Deck Armor Underlayment!Asphalt Roof Philadelphia

Staff Writer (2013 October 29) Compare Owens Corning Duration Shingles vs GAF Timberline Shingles. Retrieved on September 4, 2014 from

Follow checklist for fall home maintenance

Follow checklist for fall home maintenance

With fall quickly approaching, now is the time to focus on a few simple home maintenance projects to prepare for the changing weather ahead. The good news is that many of these are low- or no-cost DIY projects that can also help you save money on your energy bills. Most importantly, they help protect your home investment.

Here are a few projects to check off your to-do list in the next couple of months:

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Mind the gaps

Heated air can escape from gaps that develop where building materials meet. Inspect areas where building materials may have pulled apart and caulk or seal any gaps that have formed. Check places where exterior siding meets windows and doors, around roof and foundation lines, around chimneys and where pipes protrude through walls or roofs.

Insulate escape routes

Heat rises, which means heat from your home also can escape through any vulnerable areas of the roof. The most efficient way to stop that heat loss is by installing ceiling and roof insulation with an R-value of approximately 38. The R-value refers to the ability of any material to resist the passage of heat. For example, a fiberglass bat or blanket 9½ to 10 inches thick has an R-value of approximately 30. You can raise that number to 38 simply by adding 2 or 3 more inches of fiberglass.

Weather strip your windows

Ensure that your storm windows and doors are effectively keeping warm air in and cold air out. Look for any cracks around glass, sashes and window frames. Apply adhesive foam weather strips to the top and bottom window rails or nail felt weatherstripping where window sashes and frames make contact. If you live in a home built in the past 15 years or so, you likely have double or triple-paned windows and low-emissivity (Low-E) glass. Both these products increase your energy efficiency and can lower your energy bills.

Give your gutters some love

Gutters and downspouts are easy traps for leaves and pine needles, and squirrels often use them to store food. Be sure to clean gutters thoroughly, and pay special attention to elbows and bends in the downspouts. Keep hangers fastened securely and plug any holes and cracks. Touch up any sections showing signs of rust with rustproof paint.

Inspect your heating unit

Consider replacing an older or inefficient heating unit with a gas or oil furnace or a heat pump with a high efficiency rating. If your system already is efficient, be sure to inspect and clean it regularly. Be sure that filters are clean and that you change them monthly. A timer model thermostat that can turn the heat down while you sleep or when no one is at home also can help you save money.

Performing routine fall home maintenance is essential and well worth the time and effort to keep energy bills low, protect your investment, keep your family safe and prolong the life of your home.

Dillon Mike (2014 August 29) Follow checklist for fall home maintenance. Retrieved on September 4, 2014 from the Tennessean

The Non-Abrasive Ways to Clean a Roof – Clarifying on the Best and Worst

The Non-Abrasive Ways to Clean a Roof ? Clarifying on the Best and Worst

It’s been known for long that the topic regarding cleaning a roof may cause a lot of confusions among many property owners. If you have a concern on how to remove moss from your roof, it is likely for you to receive, say, ten different feedbacks when you ask around ten roof cleaning service providers who are operating on a separate basis. You may even question yourself if cleaning a roof is really that complicated. The good news is it’s not.

Reasons why you’re likely to receive different opinions on roof cleaning methods

Firstly, it is crucial to find out the reasons of the presence of different opinions when it comes to techniques in roof cleaning and questions regarding the best roof treatment to use. Basically, it all depends on the availability of capital and access. Many roof cleaning companies tend to operate in a small scale. Generally this kind of operation is considered very good, as small businesses seem to be the major contributors to our present financial condition. Additionally, clients have the opportunity to deal directly with the runner and decision maker of a small business.

Nevertheless, the presence of disadvantages is still there. Roof cleaning companies that are too small in size are not always equipped with the right amount of capital and tools to start providing services immediately. Many businesses only have around $1000 to $10000 to buy a power washer and after that they are left with zero capital. Additionally, when the company purchases a certain tool that helps in the process of roof cleaning in a certain unique method, it is often too difficult to convince clients that this single cleaning method is the one to look for all the time.

The disadvantages do not stop around the issues of not having enough capital. This is understandable as certain cleaning techniques do not need the use of many cleaning tools. However, most of the business owners need to get their hands on the latest technology in roof treatment solutions in which many of them are unable to get access to. If these businesses are not knowledgeable about these treatment options, no services associated to these can be offered to customers. In a way, the main issue still falls back on capital as such businesses are, in general, unable to spend more than a few thousand dollars to develop their own custom treatment options.

On the contrary, general roof cleaning options like zinc sulfate and bleaching treatment can be obtained from most companies. These treatment options are often considered as the crucial requirements in any roof cleaning solutions, but in reality they don’t really address specific and unique requirements of the roof.

At the same time, the license for pesticide imposed in a number of states is adding up to the educational requirement to services related to roof treatment. In order to get rid of moss on the roof, in many situations a license for pesticide is considered an obligation. However, ‘pesticide’ should not be a word to be afraid of as the substances used for cleaning are rather common; for instance, zinc sulfate. Others are gentle in nature but these need to be tested and this provides another problem that needs to be solved.

In general the varied opinions collected from different roof cleaning companies might strongly be due to the fact that they’re only capable of providing one treatment solution only, regardless of its level of effectiveness.

The role of awareness and familiarity

Most of us would go for services that we’re well aware of. This is rather understandable, as the nature of life is often as such. The same goes with roof cleaning. Many businesses are actually created by people who were formerly a foreman who worked for other companies. When they are asked to offer a service, typically they are inclined to provide the one they had offered at the company they previously worked for. I would rather regard this as a positive energy but with the use of wrong information. This same scenario keeps going on and on.

In addition, when a person puts in too much energy doing laborious jobs for long hours, they have no time to spend to put together the kind of professionalism and industry-relevant services anymore. In other words, a lot of roof cleaning companies are actually clueless on the presence of more effective techniques and roofing treatments.

It’s beneficial to be a smart property owner

As most of property owners do not know much about roof cleaning, many are easily scared off by service providers as these are the people who should know the whole extent regarding roof cleaning. This is especially true in cases when a roof cleaning contractor is able to pitch his client excellently; a client would normally agree and remain not knowing whether the opinion is true.

The extensive list below is comprised of a number of different techniques that can be utilized for roof cleaning and roof treatment:

  • Air blowing via low pressure cleaning substance
  • Air blowing via high pressure cleaning substance
  • Manual brushing
  • Roof sweeping (with a broom)
  • Roof rinsing via low pressure
  • Roof cleaning (with detergents)
  • Powerful roof washing (via low pressure but high volume of cleaning substance)
  • Treatment to prevent growth of moss
  • Roof treatment with self-cleaning methods and substances
  • Wooden roof quality preserving services
  • Roof UV protection services
  • Treatment for roof discoloration issues
  • Roof cleaning before elimination of moss
  • Roof cleaning after elimination of moss

Conclusion: Roof cleaning services are available in different techniques and combinations; every service offers different advantages as well as disadvantages.

Staff Writer (2014 March 31) The Non-Abrasive Ways to Clean a Roof – Clarifying on the Best and Worst. Retrieved on September 3, 2014 from

Site Factors and Your Cool Roof

Site Factors and Your Cool Roof

Much has been written of late, both positive and negative, regarding cool roofing. Some recommend a cool or reflective roof for every structure on Earth, projecting energy consumption savings in the billions. A few even say that cool roofing is overhyped, and not only won’t deliver savings, will lead to problems. To get at this topic in depth, GAF is the lead sponsor of Principia’s Energy Efficient Roofing 2013 conference.

As you might guess, the issue is complex, and you can’t make a blanket statement about cool roofing that will apply to every structure. A data center in a cold climate like Winnipeg may benefit from a cool roof, because the servers generate so much internal heat. And cooling is typically harder to do, from a thermodynamic point of view (cooling a building by one degree with conventional equipment takes approximately three times the energy that heating by one degree takes, and is usually done with more expensive energy—e.g., electric instead of natural gas). Conversely, an industrial space with very large internal heating needs in a southern climate may be a candidate for a heat-absorbing roof.

In short, the building’s intended use and site are major factors and the question is not simple. To get you started in determining if a cool roof is right for your commercial building, here are some questions to consider:

Will it lower my energy bills? There are a number of cool roof energy calculators, including GAF’s CREST (which is based on DOE’s CoolCalc and CoolCalcPeak) that will help answer this question. Projections are only as good as the data you put in, and should be used for comparison purposes only. However, generally speaking, if your building is in warmer climate zones (1-3 and usually 4); you have expensive electricity (and high demand charges); and you have older, inefficient air conditioning equipment; you’ll likely realize savings. If you don’t have much roof insulation, the savings will be greater. (Remember that all a cool roof can do is help provide savings in energy usage. If rates go up, the bills will go up – but then of course so will the savings.)

Should I just add more insulation? Additional insulation lessens the energy savings effect of membrane reflectivity and emissivity. As a rule of thumb, above R-30, a cool roof will have a much smaller contribution to savings, but membrane reflectivity is a net plus or minus on the roof no matter how much insulation there is (if a cool roof helps with no insulation, it will not hurt with a lot of insulation). System cost may be reduced by using cool roofing together with less insulation, if appropriate. However, as always, it all depends on the building and its use.

Do I have a high demand charge? Increasingly, electrical billing is about the peaks. Peaks in electrical usage force expensive electrical grid upgrades. Peak usage tends to occur on the hottest days of the year. To capture and bill for those peaks, electrical billing structures are more and more finely detailed, and capture the cost of peaks in a demand charge. Demand charges as high as $900 per kilowatt hour are not unheard of. This means that a cool roof, which can help shave off peak demand by keeping the building cooler on the hottest days of the year (or even just by moving peak load later in the day when demand charges may be lower), can make a lot more sense than you might guess in a northern city like Boston.

What is the condition of my roofing system? Insulation that’s wet has an R value of -0-. That means that a full removal (a “full rip” or “tear off” in industry lingo) will have benefits beyond what any calculator will project.

What’s my building’s use? Roofing assemblies, particularly those that have insulation below deck and no vapor retarder, can sometimes handle vapor drive and high vapor loads just by overheating. Switching to a cool roof may expose the need for additional vapor retarders and/or some above deck insulation, particularly if there is a large vapor load, such as from a commercial laundry. This is an advanced roofing system design question.

Should I care about the Urban Heat Island Effect? If you’re just trying to lower your utility bill, the Urban Heat Island Effect is not a consideration. However, if you’re pursuing a LEED®, Energy Star® or Green Globes® rating for your building, site factors such as Urban Heat Islands are a consideration. And an owner who is thinking of selling in a few years should consider the membrane reflectivity and these broader concerns when they make their roofing choice, since it could impact future sales price.

Are there other benefits to a cool roof for my structure? There is some support for the idea that reduced temperature swings will lengthen the life of a roofing system and even a building. It has also been shown that solar PV panels are more efficient when they are cooler – so if a PV project is in your future, a cool roof can be a good choice.

Are there other building considerations that trump reflectivity? I feel that highly reflective TPO is a great solution for most roofs, but it is important to remember that the roof’s primary job is to keep water out of the building. Certain types of facilities may be better served by different roofs types. It should not be overlooked that our traditional multi-ply asphaltic roofs have a history of great performance as well, and are available with high reflectivity and high emissivity.

What’s clear is that there is a right roof for every structure – and re-roofing is a phenomenal opportunity to improve your building’s energy performance.

Groman Martin (2013 April 5) Site Factors and Your Cool Roof. Retrieved on September 3, 2014 from