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CertainTeed Independence vs XT 30

A Guide to CertainTeed asphalt shingles: Independence vs XT 30 shingles

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CertainTeed asphalt shingles are cost-effective, functional and easy to install, making them a popular choice for homeowners. If you have already made a decision to go with CertainTeed asphalt roofing shingles, then you should consider the choices between Independence shingles and XT 30 shingles. Reply! has done the research needed to help you make an educated decision about your new roof.

Overview and Materials

CertainTeed XT 30 shingles are made from fiberglass, while Independence shingles are organic. An organic shingle is made from waste paper. Both base materials are coated with asphalt to create a waterproof surface.

CertainTeed XT30 asphalt shingleProduct Certifications

Despite using different materials, both types of CertainTeed shingle have the same safety and industry certifications. Certifications include:

  • UL certification to meet both D3462 and ASTM 3018 Type 1
  • Class A fire resistance classification from UL
  • CSA standard A123.5 conformity

These certifications have to do with overall product quality, safety and workability in home construction processes. Homeowners may be most concerned about the fire resistance classification, as no one wants to install roofing materials that are highly flammable. Even the paper-based Independence shingle receives a superior fire resistance rating. It is important to note that resistance to fire is not the same thing as immunity, and precautions should be taken as almost any roofing material will burn under the right circumstances.

Installation Concerns

If you are paying a contractor to install roofing, then much of the cost of the job will be associated with labor. Choosing products that are easy to install can reduce your overall roofing cost. The CertainTeed Independence product offers a full-size base shingle that provides maximum coverage. This can reduce the time and cost of your roofing job. 

Decor Concerns

A fast installation job or less expensive roofing estimate may not matter if you can't get shingles that are the right color for your home. If you are looking for a specific or rare shade, XT 30 shingles are available in over two times as many color options as Independence shingles. Independence shingles also come with random laminated tabs that are meant to provide depth. Although some people enjoy this look, it may not be right for your home.

CertainTeed Independence asphalt shingleWarranty

The manufacturer's warranty is a major difference between these two CertainTeed products. Shingles often come with numerous warranties that address factors like wind, water or time. Warranties on these products breakdown as follows:

  • Independence shingles have a limited lifetime warranty, while XT 30 shingles comes with a 30-year warranty.
  • The Independence wind-resistance warranty covers 15 years and 110 mph. The XT 30 is warrantied against wind damage for five years for winds up to 70 mph.
  • Independence shingles are covered for 10 years against manufacturer's defects, while XT 30 shingles are covered for five years.
  • Independence shingles come with a 15-year warranty against discoloration, compared to a 10-year warranty for XT 30 shingles.

CertainTeed Independence shingles may provide a better overall value, but the XT 30 may be necessary if you desire a certain color. No matter which shingle you choose, be sure to review all details about the product and your individual roofing job.

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