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Product Profile- Certainteed

Roof installation is a focal part of the home building process; signaling that the project will soon be finished. Today’s options for roofing are endless with online ordering available with a few clicks of a mouse. A brand that you may not be aware, but should know is CertainTeed.

CertainTeed is a good brand to choose your homebuilding products from


CertainTeed offers wide range of products for residential roofing. Their shingles come in four styles which are: 3-tab, shake, slate, and tile.

3-Tab Shingles

Also known as 3-tab shingles (due to the cut of the shingle) or simply strips, strip shingles are the original and most basic asphalt shingles. 3-tab shingles made from a single layer of asphalt and have a very flat appearance that typically offers a slate look. They generally weigh and cost less than other asphalt shingles.

CertainTeed strip shingles include products such as  CT™ 20 and XT™ 30.1

Shake Shingles

A shake is as a wooden shingle that is made from split logs. Natural wood roof shakes can be very expensive, are naturally flammable, and require a lot of upkeep over their lifetime in order to provide long-lasting protection.2

Slate Shingles

Synthetic slate shingles are a modern improvement on a construction classic. Made from a mixture of plastic and rubber, synthetic slate is designed to mirror the beauty and uniqueness of authentic slate without the expense or installation headaches. And synthetic slate shingles last longer.
They’re made by injection-molding petroleum-based materials into metal forms that are cast from authentic slate. Some brands of synthetic slate shingles are manufactured with virgin rubber or plastic, while other products incorporate recycled rubber or plastic, mineral dust or cellulose fibers. Recycled content usually consists of high-quality post-industrial materials; only a few incorporate post-consumer recycled materials.3

Tile Shingles

With its classic elegance and long history, Spanish tile remains the most popular choice in many parts of the United States.

Today, Matterhorn Tile Metal Roofing embodies the same Mediterranean magnetism of traditional clay tiles without the weight, cost or maintenance.

  • A special roll-formed tongue-and-groove snap lock along each panel shows none of the fastening system.
  • The design and colors of each panel have the natural colors found in clay.
  • Matterhorn Tile Metal Roofing weighs 600 to 800 pounds per square less than clay tile.4


CertainTeed sells 11 shingle lines with premium impact warranties. That’s more than other brands. These include Northgate shingles, the IR (impact resistant) versions of popular Landmark and Presidential Shake shingles.

The XT30 IR is one of the few impact-resistant 3-tab shingles available.

All boast Class 4 (highest rating) impact resistance.

Premium durability in mid-grade and premium lines: CertainTeed is a heavyweight brand – literally. Its shingles contain more asphalt than most.

CertainTeed shingles, even 3-tabs, weigh 200-plus pounds per square. Most weigh 250-480lbs per square. More weight means better durability (and impact resistance).

Other brand shingles weigh 160-280lbs per roofing square.

Better resistance to algae and staining: The brand uses granules with algae-fighting copper on all its lines. Each comes with a stain warranty.

The length is 15 years on more than half; 10 years on the rest. Most other brands offer algae warranties on select lines only. Only Atlas shingles, with lifetime algae warranties on three premium lines, is better in this regard.

Wind resistance: The heavier weights help keep shingles in place in high winds. Warranties are only average: 60 mph warranty for most 3-tab and 110 mph warranties on all others.

The better warranty can be boosted to 130 mph with enhanced installation, a feature other top brands also offer. The XT 30 IR is among select few 3-tab shingles we’re aware of with a 70mph wind warranty rather than a 60mph warranty.


CertainTeed has upgraded its warranty for 2019 and beyond. 15 out of 19 lines come with a lifetime warranty against defects clause. The warranty now ranks with GAF’s warranty among the best.5

In conclusion CertainTeed products offer a good selection of styles as well as durability. These factors among the others listed above make CertainTeed products a good choice for your roof installation.

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