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CertainTeed Landmark Shingles in Driftwood

clock July 22, 2009 16:05 by author Donny Kemick

When planning for our house, we picked the CertainTeed Landmark shingle in Driftwood color.  The picture above doesn’t look very exciting and to be honest, we didn’t want them to.  Our main objective with the shingles was to get something that would show very little staining and fading over time.  That eliminated light colors and black.  We fully realize that both of those could still happen.  We’re hopeful that this dark, but not black, will do the best out of the color options.  It also looks good with the exterior colors we’re using.

How Long Will They Last?

When we were making decisions on shingles,  my wife and I were drawn to the 50+ year shingles for obvious reasons.  The longer the better in our opinion.  Our GC pointed out that the claim of 50 years is pretty far fetched.  In fact, the 30 years stated for our selected shingle is probably a bit overdone. 

The Warranty Information

  • 30-year, limited transferable warranty
  • 5-year SureStart™ warranty (100% replacement and labor costs due to manufacturing defects)
  • 10-year StreakFighter™ warranty against streaking and discoloration caused by airborne algae
  • 5-year, 70 mph wind-resistance warranty

    Compare Quality

    If you are looking for shingles to compare to the Landmark 30’s that I am installing, a little research has indicated that the Timberline 30 Year, and Tamko Heritage 30 year are pretty equal. 

    Issues With The Landmark 30 Year Shingles

    I’m very much a hope for the best, expect the worst kind of guy.  That’s why I like to research the potential problems we could have with certain materials and decisions.  I decided to do some reading on problems that people have had with the shingles we selected and came up with the following list:

    - Warrantee honoring by the manufacturer (in that, they really try hard not to)
    - Very sensitive to slight installation goofs
    - Very sensitive to ventilation issues
    - Some blow-off issues in high-wind areas (Chicago)

    How To Install The Landmark Shingles

    Like I know!!!???!!  But, I did find a useful document on Certainteed’s website: 

    Notice that the PDF is only 9 pages.  Seems like not enough for something as important as your roof.  I guess it covers the necessary details though. 

    Some notes I’ve gathered from the installation PDF:

    image- Landmark Shingles have a trademarked feature called WideTrack QB that gives a 1 1/2” wide nailing area. 
    - There are certain conditions (namely high dust and low temperature) that will require the installer to seal them by hand
    - The shingles should be sufficiently warm when installing them to reduce the risk of cracking
    - The installer should be very careful to nail the shingles down correctly.  See the image right below:
    - An underlayment is required
    - It’s best to snap horizontal and vertical chalk lines to ensure a strait installation
    - 5” of the shingles should be exposed
    - A piece of metal flashing is used around walls
    - A metal drip edge is used at the end of the roof deck

    There is obviously much more to be gained by reading the entire document.  My bulleted list is far from all-inclusive.  It’s not even close really.  The PDF discusses a few different installation techniques.

    Sleeping Better At Night Is Important

    Having read the good, the bad, the ugly really helps me to understand what’s going into my house, what issues to watch out for, and what the common causes of the issues are.  In the event that there is ever an issue with my shingles (God Forbid), I feel like I will have a better understanding of why, and who to blame.

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    Roof Sheathing is Finished, What’s Next?

    clock July 22, 2009 10:56 by author Donny Kemick

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    The framing guys got the rest of the roof sheathing up today, which eases my worries a bit with all of the clouds and rain I see in the forecast for the next 5 days.  While the percentage chance of precipitation is variable from day to day, and over low, I don’t trust the forecasts until I view the hour-by-hour!

    On to the Shingles

    I was fortunate to talk to one of the GC’s guys this afternoon, and he said they will likely start the shingles tomorrow and finish them on Friday or Monday.  That will REALLY put me at ease, because the OSB sheathing on the roof will no longer be directly exposed.

    Next Delivery

    It’s look as though the next delivery will be the windows and doors, according to the gentleman I spoke to today.  They would like to have the shingles on before that delivery to make sure there are reliably dry areas to store them.  I asked if the wrap that goes around the house would go up before or after the windows and doors, and he said they’ve done it both ways, so he wasn’t sure which order they’d go in.

    Another Update

    I will do a run through of the house tonight and see if there is anything else to report on, and do a follow-up post if so.


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    They Set Most of the Roof Sheathing Today

    clock July 21, 2009 12:31 by author Donny Kemick

    As I noted in my last post, the framing crew laid most of the sheathing on the roof trusses today.  They didn’t get it all done, but still made great progress.  This was a big deal for me, because it pains me to see water on the subfloors when it rains.  I’ll feel even better when they get the shingles, windows and doors on!

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