When it comes to designing and building a new home, most people are quick to consider things such as interior design and the type of bricks on the exterior. While these are obviously important considerations, many people overlook their roofs.
Roofs are just as important as any other part of your house for a number of reasons. Firstly and foremost, they are the main protector of your house from adverse weather conditions, such as torrential rain and thunderstorms. Secondly, they are one of the first things that people notice about a house so the shingles you pick for your roof are important.
Landmark shingles are some of the most reputable shingles on the market for homeowners and builders looking for aesthetically pleasing and effective roofs. Today, we’ll be taking a deeper look at Landmark, with a particular focus on their driftwood and weathered wood range.
What Are Landmark Shingles?
Landmark shingles are CertainTeed’s high-quality, laminate roofing shingles. The Landmark range comes in a variety of styles and colors, all of which come with a lifetime limited warranty.
One of the things that makes Landmark shingles unique compared to other products on the market concerns installation. The nailing area is three times wider than on a standard laminate shingle which increases efficiency. This large nailing area provides ultimate protection to homes, giving residents peace of mind that they are going to be protected from adverse weather at all times.
On top of that, Landmark shingles are fitted using a Quadra-Bond adhesive. This adhesive has been proven to be industry-leading when it comes to resisting delamination. The large nailing area combined with this adhesive provides customers with the strongest possible protection which is a key reason why Landmark shingles have become so popular.
CertainTeed Landmark currently offers three levels of service – their standard range, Landmark Pro and Landmark Premium.
What Are Driftwood Shingles?
Driftwood shingles are a type of shingle offered by Landmark. Driftwood is typically wood that has been recovered from the sea or the beach after the weather has washed it to shore. This type of shingle is dark grey and leaves a striking impression on those who see it.
As with all Landmark products, driftwood shingles come with StreakFighter technology. This tech prevents algae from developing on your roof, meaning you won’t have to deal with algae stains if you elect to fit driftwood shingles onto your roof.
What Are Weathered Wood Shingles?
Weathered wood shingles are another popular type of shingle offered by Landmark. While from a distance, some people confuse weathered wood and driftwood, weathered wood is typically a blend of browns and greys.
These types of shingles are popular all over the world when it comes to roofing, due to the fact they are durable and look good next to almost every type of brick. As with all Landmark products, weathered wood shingles come with a 15-year, 110mph wind-resistance warranty, giving you peace of mind for a significant period of time should you elect to purchase.
Driftwood vs. Weathered Wood: The Comparison
Both types of shingles are perfectly acceptable and would do a great job of a) protecting your home from the elements and b) giving your house excellent curb appeal. However, if you’re torn between the two and want someone else to make your mind up for you then hopefully the following information will help you make your mind up.
Driftwood shingles are heavier than weathered wood shingles, which is important for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it means that driftwood is going to be better equipped to prevent storm damage or hail damage. It also means, though, that it’s going to be more difficult to fit onto your roof which is going to make it harder for you to do it yourself.
Weather wood shingles are typically cheaper than driftwood shingles. Both products from Landmark, however, come in at roughly the same price due to the fact they are categorized alongside each other.
The relevance of cost depends entirely on personal circumstances. If you are looking for a budget option then weather wood is going to do a fine job for you, but if you’ve got money to play with then we’d probably urge you to pay for the more premium wood.
3. Color Variety
Driftwood can come in a variety of colors, whereas weather wood is usually the same. Having said that, the colors available for Landmark customers are very similar across the board for both driftwood and weather wood products.
4. What they both do as well as each other
Both products are created by Landmark and therefore reap the benefits from this. One of the best things about landmark shingles is their durability. Both products are available to purchase as part of the Landmark Premium collection, meaning they can be bought as two-piece laminated fiberglass – the absolute peak of shingle construction.
Another thing that can’t be argued is that both of these woods are easy on the eye. Both types blend in nicely with brickwork, meaning your house is going to look like it’s been put together nicely regardless of which one you pick. If you are looking for aesthetics then either of these is going to be an excellent choice.
What You Should Consider Before Making Your Final Decision
Now that you have weighed up the pros, cons, and similarities between these two types of shingles, you may feel like you know which way you’re leaning. Before letting you go to make your final decision, here are a few other considerations that you should mull over before purchasing the shingles of your choice.
1. Match them with the colors of your house
Houses these days come in all sorts of colors, thanks to the variation in brick colors. If you are someone who likes to play by the book then you should really think about which type of shingle is going to match up with your bricks. However, if you are someone who is always looking to make a creative statement then you might rather use a contrasting color for your roof shingles.
2. Consider the architectural style of your house
If you are renovating an older house that was built centuries ago then having a modern roof would look a little bit odd. Whereas if you’re picking out the shingles you would like for your brand-new property then keep it modern and fresh at all costs. Sure, it’s nice to enjoy vintage things but when the welfare of your home is riding on it, make the most of modern technology and advancements.
3. Consider the climate of your location
Where you live should have a massive impact when it comes to deciding what kind of roof you want. If you live in a wet and windy place then you are going to want greater protection than you would if you lived in a place where it was sunny for most of the year.
Of course, you’ve got to like what these shingles look like – they’re going to be part of your home – however, you must also be realistic and appreciate that your roof must provide you with:
- impact resistance
- rain resistance
- wind resistance
- fire resistance
Another consideration relating to the climate in your local area is the fact that the colors of your shingles will look different in certain lights. For example, if you live somewhere where the sunbeams on your house all day then grey tiles may seem a little dull.
We hope that you are now in a much better place to decide which type of shingles you want on top of your home. It really isn’t an easy decision so we do have sympathy for you – after all, you’re going to be stuck under the same roof for several years so you take your time to come to the right decision. Leave a comment below to let us know which type of shingle you have on your house.