If it is time to replace your roof, you want to know you are purchasing a trusted brand that has built their shingles to last. CertainTeed’s Landmark line has been used by many contractors for a long time. The shingles are noted for durability and richness of color. Yet, with there being several types of Landmark shingles, including two that sound nearly identical—Landmark Pro and Landmark Premium—how are you ever to decide?
Don’t worry. We’ve done all the tedious comparisons for you. Here is everything you need to know about the differences between Landmark Pro and Landmark Premium, so you can make the best choice for your home.
About CertainTeed Landmark Shingles
While the Landmark series is not considered one of the luxury shingles offered by the company, it is one of the favorites. With a range of products, you are bound to find the right version of Landmark shingle for your home.
Here are the types of Landmark shingles available:
- Landmark: Basic fiberglass mat with a laminate overlay. Cheap. Considered entry-level.
- Landmark Pro: Identical construction to Landmark, except it has thicker layers of asphalt to create the trademark heavyweight shingle. Also features the Max Def color palette.
- Landmark Premium: Limited amount of colors when compared to other CertainTeed shingles, but it is also extremely heavy and durable, at around 300 pounds a square.
- Landmark IR: Like Premium shingles but with features to withstand the elements. Tougher iteration.
- Landmark TL: Triple layer construction with laminate.
All Landmark shingles meet and exceed industry UL manufacturing standards and use both CertainTeed’s patented NailTrak and StreakFighter technologies. Every purchase comes with a lifetime warranty, but the benefits of the warranty differ between Landmark, Landmark Pro, and Landmark Premium. All shingles also have been Class A in fire resistance.
Now, let’s have a closer look at Landmark Pro and Premium shingles.
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Called the “expert’s choice,” by CertainTeed, the Landmark Pro series blends value with exceptional durability. Though it is constructed the same way as the regular Landmark shingle, the layers are heavier. In fact, Landmark Pro weighs around 270 pounds per square, making It one of the heaviest laminated dimensional shingles on the market today.
Landmark Pro also uses Max Def colors, giving you a wider selection of more vivid shades so that your home stands out. That said, there are only seven colors to choose from, each on the darker end of the spectrum.
The warranty of Landmark Pro includes:
- 50-year limited warranty against group-owned or commercial applications and manufacturing defects
- 10-year SureStart protection
- Protection against algae for 15 years
- Wind protection for up to 110 mph for 15 years
- You can pay to upgrade the wind warranty to cover up to 130 mph
- The warranty is transferable
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The Landmark Premium series is where dimensional shingles start crossing over into luxury territory while maintaining a reasonable price. Premium shingles are designed to outclass every other shingle in both life expectancy and durability. They weigh around 300 pounds per square, as mentioned earlier.
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The two-piece laminated shingles feature a fiberglass core, as well as Max Def color granules for a more textured look. However, Landmark Premium colors are very limited—more so than Landmark Pro.
The warranty for Landmark Premium includes:
- 50-year lifetime limited warranty that is transferable for manufacturing defects and installation
- 15-year StreakFighter algae resistance guarantee
- 10-year SureStart Protection
- 15-year wind resistance for up to 110 mph – can be upgraded to 130 mph
Landmark Pro vs. Landmark Premium: Which One Do You Get?
So, now that you have seen the features and learned about the construction of both Landmark Pro and Premium, which ones do you get? Is there even a discernible difference? When looking at the shingles side-by-side, you might notice that Landmark Premium shingles have more variations in the color of every single shingle, although the actual colors available are less than what you can choose with Pro. That is one main difference.
The next difference is the weight. Landmark Pro shingles weigh in at 270 pounds, while Premium weighs 300 pounds per section.
Both shingles have the same warranty and level of protection. Both are rated for 50 years life expectancy, and both are known to hold up well in all kinds of weather. That said, because Landmark Premium shingles are slightly heavier and constructed for more durability than Landmark Pro, you can expect them to last a little longer.
Of course, this difference in durability will affect the cost. For those who want better protection than entry-level shingles but do not want a super-heavy roof, Landmark Pro may be the better choice. However, if you want a little more protection and have a roof that can withstand the additional weight, Landmark Premium may be the right shingle for you. To be sure, discuss your options with a reliable roofing contractor before making your purchase.
Not all shingles are made equal—that much you already knew coming into this. But now, you should also know that Landmark shingles by CertainTeed have very subtle differences in design and lifespan. Landmark Pro and Landmark Premium shingles are constructed similarly but the latter is a little heavier. Both have the same warranty, however, so whichever you choose is guaranteed to protect your home for many years.
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