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:  http://www.certainteed.com/resources/landmarkinstall.pdf 

    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.