How to Tell the Difference Between Shingles

difference in shingles

You may have heard the Inuit have more than 50 names for snow. Where you or I might just see a few white flakes, or a snowbank, these hardy Arctic Circle citizens see nuances, differences, and subtleties. Even though it sounds like a legend, it is a truth first set down by an anthropologist in 1911. Just as true is that many people cannot tell the difference in shingles between a particular style or brand. Once you learn to tell the difference in shingles, though, you will come to know two major names. 


We at Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows make our bread and butter with shingle roofs. We trust two brands above all others:

  1. GAF
  2. Owens Corning

We have been laying down shingle roofs more than 40 years, so we recognize the features that set a particular manufacturer apart. Both GAF and Owens Corning shingles are superior products, not only for the materials in their shingles, but because of the complete roofing system each company provides:

  • Starter strips
  • Underlayment
  • Ridge Cap shingles
  • Ice & water shield

Product Lines

GAF and Owens Corning are the top shingle manufacturers in North America. GAF makes the best-selling shingle line in America, the Timberline series. Each company offers multiple lines:

  • Owens Corning—Traditional, Specialty and Architectural shingles
  • GAF—Three-tab, Timberline, Specialty and Designer shingles

These lines provide you, our customers, with many choices of price, appearance, and color. Within each company’s line, you get more choices, including a rainbow of colors and many textures.

For a simpler, cleaner look, you can stick with traditional or three-tab shingles. For deeper, more dramatic cuts, step up to Designer or Architectural shingles. You may be surprised at how many choices we can offer you for your Champlin home.


Because Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows is a GAF Master Elite roofer and an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, we can offer our Champlin customers the highest level of warranties in the roofing industry. Different shingles have different warranties, but some of GAF’s and Owens Corning’s lines provide full prorated warranties that may outlast your house.

As elite roofers carefully chosen by these leading manufacturers to install their finest products, our workmanship is backed by both companies. GAF and Owens Corning warranties can cover not only their product, but our installation. The difference in shingles extends to more than just appearance. Strong warranties provide strong protection for your investment and your Champlin home.

Contact Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows for your roofing needs in the Twin Cities area.

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