Owens Corning Duration Shingles: An Honest Review

We get a lot of questions about Owens Corning Trudefinition Duration Shingles, and since we’re in the roofing business and not making bagels, that makes sense. So, in this blog post, we’re going to answer your most pressing questions and give you our honest opinion. Let’s begin this Owens Corning Duration Shingles review by laying out some of the specifications and options that are available to you.

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Owens Corning is an industry leader that manufactures, sells and distributes a wide range of building materials. At Owens Corning, they have all the building materials you need for a beautiful home. That includes siding, roofing, insulation and more.

Owens Corning has been providing building products since 1938 and over the years they have garnered the reputation of being a leader in the industry. Engaged employees and continuous innovation help ensure that they remain leaders by using new technologies to their advantage.

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  • Nominal Size:  13 1/4″ x 39 3/8″
  • Exposure:  5 5/8″
  • Shingles per Square:  64
  • Bundles per Square:  3
  • Coverage per Square:  98.4 sq. ft.

Don’t be alarmed if you’re not sure what some of these specs mean. We’re always available to guide you, and there will be a link at the bottom of this post where you can reach out to us.

  • Warranty length: Lifetime Warranty
  • Wind resistance: 130 MPH
  • Algae resistance: Yes – Best In Class
  • Colors: More than you can shake a nail gun at

When it comes to color options for the Owens Corning Duration Shingles, you do have a lot to choose from – a wild assortment of browns, grays, and various earth tones. You also have some Tru-Definition Duration designer color options with cool, elegant sounding names:

  • Aged Copper
  • Merlot
  • Pacific Wave
  • Sand Dune
  • Sedona Canyon
  • Storm Cloud
  • Summer Harvest

Owens Corning Tru-Definition Duration Shingles employ multiple granule colors and shadowing techniques for a more dramatic and unique appearance. This adds an element of depth that makes these shingles truly multidimensional in ways normal shingles couldn’t dream of… if shingles had dreams.


How long do Owen’s Corning Duration Shingles last?

This will obviously depend on your climate and a few other factors, but in general, these shingles have been engineered for both beauty and toughness. And that durability begins with Owens Corning SureNail technology.

There are several features of this ground-breaking technology that deserve mentioning. The consistent fastening and triple-layer protection add additional reinforcement. And the enhanced Tru-Bond sealant adds another adhesive quality, as it provides a tighter grip to the layer underneath that keeps the shingles securely laminated together.

Now, if you’re not in the roofing business, this may sound like a bunch of industry jargon, and you’d be right. Just know that the difference between a good shingle and a great shingle is achieved with the SureNail technology fabric strip. The tough woven strip is embedded into nailing areas for every Duration series shingle. This breakthrough design adds outstanding gripping power, strength and durability, as in twice the bonding strength of other shingles

Owens Corning’s wind rating is 130 MPH, and this can be increased with enhanced installation by an Owens Corning certified installation expert. (Which we just happen to be.) 


Are Owens Corning Duration Shingles impact resistant?

The short answer is yes, especially if you purchase the Duration Storm line of Owens Corning shingles. The longer answer requires more industry jargon. Thanks in part to Owens Corning patented WeatherGuard technology, Duration Shingles have a rating of UL 2218 class 4. This is the highest rating for impact resistance; there is no class 5.

Another reason for the superior impact resistance of the Trudefinition Duration Shingles is the integrated polymeric backing material that’s present on each shingle. All you have to know about these shingles is that they’re tough, and once in place, they tend to stay in place.

Are Owens Corning Duration Shingles ENERGY STAR rated?

Indeed, they are. We don’t have to tell you how important an ENERGY STAR rating is when it comes to saving money on your cooling and heating bills. Just like energy-efficient home appliances, your roofing can (and should) have those same qualities.

Owens Corning Duration Shingles will help reflect the sun’s solar energy and reduce the heat transfer into your home’s interior. This means less AC will escape and be required to keep your home cool and comfortable. However, to be perfectly honest, much of these savings will depend on your location and whether your Duration Shingles were professionally installed. If you live in Suffolk County, Nassau county or anywhere on Long Island, these shingles will make a noticeable difference.


How much do Owens Corning Duration Shingles cost?

Let’s be clear; these aren’t your granddad’s roofing shingles, and high quality generally comes with a higher price tag. However, Duration Shingles – considering the quality – are an excellent value and a wonderful investment.

Normally, a high quality item comes with a high price tag. However, because we’re an Owens Corning platinum installer, we’re able to pass our savings on to you, making them more affordable than any other comparable products on the market. Trust us when we say that you’ll likely be surprised by our pricing.

As you can see, there are a lot of options when it comes to cost, and much of this variance will depend on your taste and how exclusive you’re looking to get with your new roof.


Are Owens Corning Durations Shingles Good?

This may be the most frequent, albeit general, question we get, and the answer is a definitive yes. When you combine the sheer beauty with the strength and durability, not to mention the energy efficiency, you can’t beat Owens Corning Duration Shingles for quality.

Your home is your castle, and what good is the rest of your castle if your roof is lacking in appearance or protection? We realize that if you’re reading this, you likely have a big roofing decision to make. And that’s where we come in.

Reach out by email or phone and let us walk you through the process and share all the pros and cons of upgrading your roof with Owens Corning Duration Shingles.

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Joseph Elshazly is the President and Chief Marketing Officer of Rapid Restoration Group. "Skills are cheap, passion is priceless" is the motto he lives by.

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