CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex Reviews
CertainTeed Northgate ClimateFlex reviews define this product line as the best in resilience to weather damage and impact resistance due to its ClimateFlex technology, and the additional rubber injection, which enables a higher material elasticity as an outcome.
CertainTeed Northgate ClimateFlex reviews also determined them as the best CertainTeed shingle.
I’ve been working with the CertainTeed Northgate product since its introduction in 2015. Much like the Malarkey Legacy, the Northgate is an SBS-modified asphalt shingle, which essentially means it has a “rubberized” component.
The term “SBS-modified” refers to the incorporation of Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS) into the asphalt. This polymer addition provides the asphalt with rubber-like properties. When we say a shingle is “rubberized”, it implies that it has enhanced flexibility and durability due to this modification.
The rubberized nature of the shingle provides it with a unique attribute: it can absorb and distribute the energy from hail impacts effectively.
When hail strikes a rubberized shingle, the energy is dispersed, causing the hail to rebound or bounce off with minimal damage.
This bouncing effect is distinct from standard asphalt shingles, which might sustain more damage from similar impacts.
The rubberized nature of the CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingle allows for better energy absorption and dissipation.
When hail strikes a hard surface, it imparts a certain amount of energy. If the surface is rigid, like a standard shingle, the energy can cause damage or even shatter the material. However, a rubberized surface can stretch slightly upon impact, dispersing the energy over a larger area and reducing the point of impact.
This is why hail tends to bounce off rubberized shingles: the energy of the hailstone is absorbed and then released, pushing the hailstone away from the roof with minimal damage. This property is beneficial, as it can significantly reduce repair costs and prolong the life of the roof.
Given the frequency of hail in our city, we have had numerous opportunities to inspect roofs fitted with the Northgate shingle post-hail storms.
Even in situations where the hailstones were as large as tennis balls, the shingles demonstrated impressive resilience.
I’ve been particularly impressed with the Northgate product because, in our retrospective assessments, only a minimal number of roofs needed replacement, and in those cases, roof replacement costs were lower.
From an installation perspective, the rubberized quality of the shingle offers another advantage. It’s less prone to breakage or cracking compared to conventional asphalt shingles.
This means it’s feasible to install them even in cooler temperatures.
I’ve noticed that the Northgate ClimateFlex shingles even seal better than their counterparts in colder climates. This adaptability allows for installations throughout varied seasons, not just during the warmer months.
Furthermore, our city recently experienced gusts up to 100 miles per hour. Impressively, despite the shingles being installed in cold conditions, none were lost to the winds.
You can take a square of NorthGate and bend it a lot, so ou will see how flexible it is.
For example, I am on the access ladder carrying a closed bundle and I feel they bend while I carry them. They do not feel so heavy like the Grand Manor, but they bend.
This flexibility is what I am looking in extreme weather.
Flexibility means elasticity. Elasticity translates into a better material resilience against branches or trees falling on the roof that insurance maybe will not pay and protection against the impact of gravitational hail and future granular loss of particles.
NorthGate can be installed in the winter without losing material elasticity. So the squares of shingles will not crack when you start to accommodate them and start nailing.
This is important because if there is a crack, you may have to discard the entire square or “sheet” as some roofers call them.
CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex reviews, mostly from contractors, roofers, and adjusters, like the Class 4 impact rating and cold-weather-friendly modified asphalt.
With a 130 mph wind rating, these shingles provide additional peace of mind for homeowners.
Keep in mind that the use of CertainTeed ridge and hip caps and starter shingles is required for the wind rating.
CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex Reviews Defined It As “Not A Designer Shingle”
However, it is not a designer shingle. Reviewers, roofers, dealers, and contractors agree in this point.
If you are into designer luxury shingles, Grand Manor, Presidential TL, Belmont, or a Landmark Pro with a unique color such as red oak are better for you.
NorthGate with ClimateFlex is not the most popular luxury designer shingle CertainTeed product among our readers. That was the Grand Manor line.
However, Grand Manor, like Presidential or Belmont, are luxury designer shingles and should be in another category.
My mistake, because I did not segregate the product lines before the survey, in “designer” and “high resistance” as separate categories for the survey.
|Specification||CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex|
|Impact Rating||Class 4|
|Wind Rating||130 mph|
To help you make an informed decision, here’s a comparison of CertainTeed’s NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles with another popular roofing material:
|Specification||CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex||Alternative Roofing Material|
|Impact Rating||Class 4||Varies, but many are class 4 already|
|Wind Rating||130 mph||Lower, just 100 or 110 mph|
|Cold-Weather||Modified Asphalt||Less effective because they do not bend and have lower material elasticity|
These tables showcase the impressive performance of CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles compared to alternative roofing options, which further reinforces their value for homeowners.
CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex Review
The CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex offers a durable and aesthetically pleasing option for roofing solutions. As a designer shingle, it provides a dimensional shake look without sacrificing durability.
This product boasts innovative ClimateFlex technology, which combines asphalt with rubberizing polymers to create impact-resistant shingles.
- Impact resistance due to ClimateFlex technology
- Attractive design for a non-designer shingle
- High-quality materials for durability and flexibility, which enhances material elasticity.
- Can be more expensive than other alternatives
- They are not designer shingles, so are not visually attractive as a Grand Manor or even a Landmark Pro special palette (Red Oak, Espresso tones, to name a few)
|Durable||Yes, maximum durability|
|Design||Not a designer shingle. If your goal is just design…..no|
There are other NorthGate variants available that don’t utilize ClimateFlex technology.
While these products may not have the same impact resistance as their ClimateFlex counterparts, they still offer the same quality and aesthetic appeal.
|CertainTeed Northgate ClimateFlex||NorthGate||NorthGate ClimateFlex|
|Design||Wood shake appearance||Wood shake appearance|
CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex Prices
Please refer to this article about the CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex prices, where we refer to prices per square, and per installation more in detail.
You can expect higher prices for this product line
CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles are a premium roofing option offering durability, weather resistance, and a nice finish for your home.
These shingles are designed using a polymer-modified asphalt formula, which provides a Class 4 Impact Resistance rating, the industry’s highest.
With a range of design options and granule adhesion, these shingles are perfect for those living in areas prone to hail or severe weather.
|Brand||Lower-end traditional||Mid-range designer||Luxury brand|
|CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex||$250 – $300||$400 – $450||$400 – $600|
|Owens Corning product line average||$200 – $250||$350 – $400||$450 – $550|
|GAF product line average||$225 – $275||$375 – $425||$500 – $600|
CertainTeed Landmark ClimateFlex vs NorthGate ClimateFlex
Landmark ClimateFlex shingles offer beauty and dimensionality similar to wood shake roofing, while using a polymer-modified asphalt to provide durable performance.
These shingles are also designed to provide enhanced resistance to damaging hail and offer a superior surface granule adhesion compared to standard asphalt shingles Landmark ClimateFlex.
On the other hand, NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles also use polymer-modified asphalt to provide their durability, making them highly resistant to hail and surface granule adhesion as well.
|Feature||Landmark ClimateFlex||NorthGate ClimateFlex|
|Aesthetic||Not designer shingles but ok||Not designer shingles but ok|
|Material||Polymer-Modified Asphalt||Polymer-Modified Asphalt|
|Surface Granule Adhesion||Superior||Superior|
|Color Options||Selection. Landmark Pro has more colors than Landmark anyway.||Selection|
CertainTeed NorthGate Class 4 Shingles
These shingles are designed with a Class 4 Impact Resistance rating, making them an ideal choice if you live in an area prone to hail or other harsh weather conditions.
With their SBS-modified formula, NorthGate shingles offer superior granule adhesion, improving the overall longevity of your roof.
To better understand the features of CertainTeed NorthGate shingles, please refer to the table below:
|Feature||CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex|
|Impact Resistance||Class 4|
|Weather Performance||All-weather protection|
|ClimateFlex technology||Yes, available|
Now, let’s compare CertainTeed NorthGate shingles to a popular alternative, CertainTeed Landmark shingles. Both are high-quality roofing products, but they have some differences worth considering:
|Feature||CertainTeed NorthGate||CertainTeed Landmark|
|Impact Resistance||Class 4||Not specified|
|Granule Adhesion||Superior||Not specified|
|Fire Resistance||Not specified||UL Class A|
As you can see, both CertainTeed NorthGate and Landmark shingles offer all-weather protection. However, the NorthGate shingles have a Class 4 Impact Resistance rating, which can be beneficial in areas prone to hail damage. Keep these differences in mind as you research and compare roofing options for your home.
CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex Hip and Ridge
In the context of roofing shingles, hip and ridge refer to the area where two roof planes meet, creating an edge that runs along the top of the roof.
These areas require specially designed shingles for proper coverage, sealing, and protection against weather elements such as wind and rain.
These shingles are designed not only for the main roof area but also for the hip and ridge sections, ensuring enhanced durability and performance.
One of the benefits of using NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles for your hip and ridge is their polymer-modified asphalt composition. This material increases the shingles’ resistance to cracking and improves granule adhesion, which in turn provides better protection against the elements.
Here’s a table summarizing key features of CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex Hip and Ridge shingles:
|Impact Resistance||Class 4 rating for protection against hail and impact|
|Adhesion||Superior surface granule adhesion|
|Weather Performance||All-weather protection|
To better illustrate the advantages of using NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles for your hip and ridge, let’s compare them to standard asphalt shingles:
|Feature||NorthGate ClimateFlex||Standard Asphalt Shingles|
|Material||Polymer-modified asphalt||Standard asphalt|
|Impact Resistance||Class 4 rating||Lower impact resistance|
|Adhesion||Superior surface granule adhesion||Average granule adhesion|
|Weather Performance||All-weather protection||Good protection, but less effective in harsh conditions|
Features and Benefits Of The CertainTeed Northgate ClimateFlex Product
Class 4 Impact Resistance
CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles offer a Class 4 impact resistance rating, which means they are designed to withstand hailstones up to 2 inches in size without splitting or tearing.
This is an essential feature for homeowners in areas prone to hailstorms and extreme weather conditions.
Weatherability and Pliability
The ClimateFlex technology in NorthGate shingles provides enhanced weatherability and pliability in cold temperatures, which prevents them from becoming brittle.
This feature allows contractors to install NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles more easily in low temperatures compared to traditional shingles.
|Shingle Type||Cold-Weather Pliability|
Flexibility and Crack Resistance
These shingles are easy to bend. You can take a square ane bend it a lot without tearing it apart and you cannot do that with all shingles.
The SBS-modified asphalt formula used in the CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles offers flexibility and crack resistance, leading to better performance and longevity. The rubber-like qualities result in improved hail resistance, granule adhesion, and overall durability, making them a reliable choice for homeowners.
|Shingle Type||Flexibility||Crack Resistance|
Design and Aesthetics
Architectural Shingle Styles
CertainTeed offers a variety of architectural shingle styles, including the NorthGate ClimateFlex, Landmark Pro, Presidential Shake, Highland Slate, Carriage House, and Belmont.
Each of these styles has its unique features and designs. For example, NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles use a polymer-modified asphalt that enhances shingle strength while maintaining the beauty of wood shake roofing.
On the other hand, Landmark Pro shingles offer the dimensionality of wood shake roofing, along with durable performance from the asphalt composition.
Here is a table comparing the various architectural shingle styles offered by CertainTeed:
|NorthGate ClimateFlex||Polymer-modified asphalt||Wood shake-like|
|Landmark Pro||Asphalt||Wood shake-like|
|Presidential Shake||Asphalt||Shake-like with a dimensional look|
|Highland Slate||Asphalt||Slate-like with a textured surface|
|Carriage House||Asphalt||High-contrast, symmetrical look|
|Belmont||Asphalt||Slate-like with deep shadow lines|
CertainTeed provides a wide range of color options for their shingles to complement different architectural styles. Some common color options include Weathered Wood, Colonial Slate, Moire Black, and Pewter.
My favorite color is the red oak of the Landmark Pro line.
Below is a comparison table of color options available for the NorthGate ClimateFlex and Landmark Pro shingles:
|NorthGate ClimateFlex Colors||Landmark Pro Colors|
|Weathered Wood||Max Def Weathered Wood|
|Colonial Slate||Max Def Colonial Slate|
|Moire Black||Max Def Moire Black|
|Pewter||Max Def Pewter|
CertainTeed NorthGate Warranty Information
The warranty offered for CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles is a limited lifetime warranty.
This warranty covers the original property owner and guarantees that the shingles are free from manufacturing defects for the specified period.
Here is a general overview of the limited lifetime warranty:
|Warranty Component||Warranty Coverage|
|Manufacturing Defects||Limited Lifetime Coverage|
|Algae Resistance (StreakFighter)||15 Years Coverage|
It’s important to note that CertainTeed also offers specific warranties for other factors, such as wind and algae resistance.
The wind warranty for NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles is rated for up to 130 mph when installed correctly.
|Product||Manufacturing Defects Warranty||Algae Resistance Warranty||Wind Warranty|
|CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex||Limited Lifetime Coverage||15 Years Coverage||Up to 130 mph|
Comparisons with Competing Brands
In this section, we will compare CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex with some of its major competitors, GAF and Malarkey.
It is difficult to establish an absolute winner.
Our readers, in different surveys, mostly inspectors, adjusters, distributors, and contractors, find CertainTeed as slightly better.
However, it is fair to go product by product in the comparison.
GAF is one of the leading roofing manufacturers in North America, offering a wide range of shingle options.
While CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex is known for its impact resistance and all-weather performance, GAF’s Timberline® ArmorShield™ II shingles are designed specifically for its Class 4 impact resistance as well.
|Features||CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex||GAF Timberline® ArmorShield™ II|
|Impact Resistance Rating||Class 4||Class 4|
While both shingles are specifically designed for impact resistance, CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex has superior granule adhesion compared to GAF Timberline® ArmorShield™ II.
Malarkey is another well-regarded roofing manufacturer that offers a series of high-quality asphalt shingles.
The Malarkey Vista™ shingle, for example, is known for its durability and performance. These shingles are designed to resist algae growth and maintain their color over time.
While the impact resistance of Malarkey Vista™ is not explicitly mentioned, Malarkey shingles offer strong benefits in terms of color retention and algae resistance.
Here’s a summarized table comparing the key selling points of CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex, GAF Timberline® ArmorShield™ II, and Malarkey Vista™:
|Features||CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex||GAF Timberline® ArmorShield™ II||Malarkey Vista™|
|Impact Resistance Rating||Class 4||Class 4||Not mentioned|
|Granule Adhesion||Superior||Good||Not mentioned|
|Weather Performance||All-weather||All-weather||Not mentioned|
|Algae Resistance||Not mentioned||Not mentioned||Yes|
Installation and Roof System Components
When installing CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles, it is essential to use a high-quality underlayment as part of the Integrity Roof System.
These underlayments offer reliable performance and a durable barrier in various weather conditions.
|WinterGuard||Waterproofing, protection against ice dams and wind-driven rain|
|DiamondDeck||Synthetic, high-performance barrier against water and moisture intrusion|
To ensure proper installation and performance, you should use CertainTeed’s starter shingles for the first course on the roof.
The starter shingles create a strong foundation, provide a clean edge, and prevent shingle blow-off. They are designed specifically to work with the NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles for a seamless, efficient installation.
Ridge and Hip Shingles
Lastly, the ridge and hip shingles are a vital component of the Integrity Roof System. Installing ridge and hip shingles provides a stylish and uniform finish while offering extra protection to the most vulnerable areas of the roof.
CertainTeed offers a variety of ridge and hip shingle options to match the NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles, enhancing your home’s curb appeal.
|Starter Shingles||Strong foundation, clean edge, and prevents blow-off|
|Ridge and Hip Shingles||Stylish finish, additional protection, and increased curb appeal|
CertainTeed offers various shingle options, including 3-tab, architectural, and premium roofing asphalt shingles, each coming at different price points.
|Shingle Type||Price per Square (100 sq ft)|
|3-tab Shingles||$250 – $300|
|Architectural Shingles||$400 – $450|
|Premium Roofing Asphalt||$400 – $600|
As you can see from the table above, 3-tab shingles are the most budget-friendly option, while architectural and premium roofing asphalt shingles offer improved durability and aesthetics but come at a higher price.
Keep in mind that these prices are for the shingles themselves and do not include installation costs.
|Brand||Price per Square (100 sq ft)||Quality & Features|
|CertainTeed||$400 – $450||Class 4 Impact Resistance, Superior Weatherability & Granule Adhesion|
Performance in Different Climates
CertainTeed’s NorthGate ClimateFlex roofing shingles offer great performance in diverse climates, especially cold weather and northwest regions.
The NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles possess better cold-weather flexibility than standard asphalt shingles, thanks to their SBS-modified formula.
Their excellent weatherability and granule adhesion make them perfect for areas with harsh winters.
These shingles are also rated Class 4 for impact resistance, ensuring superior protection against hail and storms. Here’s a comparison of ClimateFlex shingles with standard asphalt shingles:
|Property||ClimateFlex Shingles||Standard Asphalt Shingles|
|Impact Resistance||Class 4||Lower rating|
The northwest region of the United States experiences high rainfall and wind, which can pose challenges to roofing materials. Thanks to their enhanced weatherability, NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles are an ideal option for this area.
They exhibit better shrink resistance and performance under wet conditions than traditional asphalt shingles.
Comparing ClimateFlex with Grand Manor, another popular CertainTeed shingle line in the northwest region:
|Property||ClimateFlex Shingles||Grand Manor Shingles|
|Impact Resistance||Class 4||Class 4|
Fire Resistance and Safety
CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles offer excellent fire resistance, making them a safe choice for your home’s roofing needs.
These shingles come with a UL Class A fire rating, the highest level of fire resistance.
This means that they can withstand severe fire exposures and sustain temperatures up to 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit.
|CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex Fire Resistance||Description|
|Fire Rating||UL Class A|
|Maximum Temperature||1,550 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Fire Exposures||Can withstand severe fire exposures|
Let’s compare the fire resistance and safety of CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles with that of another common roofing material, XT-30 shingles:
|Shingle Type||Fire Rating||Maximum Temperature||Fire Exposures|
|CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex||UL Class A||1,550°F||Withstands severe fire exposures|
|XT-30||Class C||1,100°F||Moderate resistance to fire exposures|
As you can see, CertainTeed NorthGate ClimateFlex shingles offer superior fire resistance when compared to XT-30 shingles, providing you with additional peace of mind.
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