Dmitry’s Take On Roofing Shingles Weight
Dmitry Lipinskiy, Founder, and CEO of Roofing Insights, continues to review shingle manufacturers, refuting bogus claims, and bringing sanity to the roofing industry. In this edition, Dmitry examines the weight of shingles against the manufacturers’ claims. Most stakeholders and industry watchers do not think that weight of shingles is a major issue when deciding what shingle is best for roofing. Maybe, they look at the overage fees of the disposal and recycling over the need for weight. But Dmitry looked beyond disposal cost to provide integrity of the manufacturers associated with the weight claims and the actual weight. For those looking to DIY their roof, shingle weight is not the only factor to consider.
Analyzing The Weight Of 7 Shingle Brands
Among seven shingles, CertainTeed’s Landmark, Owens Corning’s Duration, Tamko’s Heritage, Cambridge True, Atlas’ Pinnacle Pristine, Malarkey’s Vista, and Pabco Premier on the market, the manufacturers have weight claims that vary with the actual weight per square.
-The Owens Corning’s Duration claimed 260Ibs while the actual weight is 188.4Ibs (62.8 per bundle x 3).
-Tamko’s Heritage claimed 260Ibs but weighs 220.5Ibs (73.5 x 3).
-Malarkey’ Vista claimed 245Ibs while the actual weight is 224Ibs (56 x 4).
-Cambridge True estimated 230Ibs, and the actual weight is 228.6, comes very close to the claim.
-CertainTeed’s Landmark gave a smart range from 229Ibs to 240Ibs, and the actual weight is 233.1 lower than the claim. In business, it is a thing of integrity when you promise less and do more. CertainTeed made a great impression, showing they control the process and what goes into it as well as the weight.
-Interestingly too, Atlas’ Pinnacle Pristine claimed 225Ibs, but it is a little more, 239.1Ibs. Besides, the Pinnacle Pristine is brighter and sturdier.
-However, the biggest surprise is Pabco’s Premier. Pabco claimed 290Ibs, but actual weighs 244.4Ibs. However, the heaviest does not mean it performs the best. The essence of the evaluation surrounds the integrity of the manufacturers.
Other Factors to Look at When Choosing Shingles
While weight is an important factor for some roofers, it is not the only characteristic you should be looking at when deciding on a shingle, other factors play into spotting a bad roofing job.
Here are nine other factors to consider when choosing a shingle:
The best shingles will have clear nailing zones to make it easier to nail them into the roof. It’s also essential that nails are hammered through this zone because warranty claims may be rejected if they are not installed properly.
The pull test is tricky to do on your own if you don’t have the right tools, so make sure to check out our link at the bottom of this list to see which shingle brands have the best pull test numbers.
Three bundles of shingles should equate to one square of the area of the roof. Sometimes this isn’t the case. Be wary of shingles that don’t follow this rule of thumb.
Count per bundle/consistency
Bundle consistency is a huge part of the quality of the shingle, as a lack of consistency of shingles can cause delays in projects.
Checking out the reviews for shingles is also wise. It’s best to look and see what actual homeowners have said of their experiences with a shingle before deciding on a shingle.
A shingle with a lot of granule loss is not worth your time. Check out our ratings by clicking the link at the bottom of this section to learn more about which shingles limit their granule loss.
Contractors programs, education, resources
It helps when manufacturers provide helpful information on how to use their products best. Look for brands that offer this information and are clear in their recommendations for best practices when installing their shingles.
The sealant test is essential in determining what are quality shingles vs. cheap ones that do more harm than good.
Warranty issues, class actions
Shingle manufacturers that don’t back up warranty claims and have had some class actions in their past are best to be avoided, they are scams.
For a complete breakdown of some of the most popular shingles and how they stack up against one another in terms of the factors just listed, head over to our 2020 roofing shingles guide, or check out our guide for roofing insurance claims.
If you’re interested in starting your roofing career, check out these roofing certification classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which asphalt shingles weigh the most?
Does shingle quality correlate with shingle weight?
Shingle weight and shingle quality do not directly correlate. Quality has more to do with the materials used; weight is an indication of how difficult the shingles will be to work with.
Why does the weight of a shingle matter?
The primary reason we measure shingle weight is to check brand quality control. A brand that advertises 290lbs per bundle but actually weighs in at 244lbs has poor quality control measures.