Traditional ASPHALT​ Roofing

Asphalt Roofing/Traditional Roofing

Asphalt roof­ing shin­gles are the most com­monly used cov­er­ing on res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in the market. Asphalt’s pri­mary pur­pose in roof­ing shin­gles is to serve as a water­proof­ing agent.  Asphalt also holds the gran­ules in place and adds to the over­all strength of the roof­ing shin­gle.  The best asphalt will stay flex­i­ble and will not dry out or become hard or brit­tle for the expected life of the roof­ing shingle.

 

Asphalt (Traditional) Roofing

Asphalt roof­ing shin­gles are the most com­monly used cov­er­ing on res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in the market. Asphalt’s pri­mary pur­pose in roof­ing shin­gles is to serve as a water­proof­ing agent.  Asphalt also holds the gran­ules in place and adds to the over­all strength of the roof­ing shin­gle.  The best asphalt will stay flex­i­ble and will not dry out or become hard or brit­tle for the expected life of the roof­ing shingle.

 

There are three major cat­e­gories of Asphalt
Roof­ing Shin­gles avail­able in the market:

Strip Asphalt Roof­ing Shin­gles (typically referred to as Three-tab Shingle)

Strip asphalt roof­ing or three-tab shingles ​ are single-layered asphalt roof­ing shin­gles typ­i­cally designed to look like slate. Strip roof­ing shin­gles are usu­ally the light­est weight asphalt roof­ing shin­gles avail­able in the mar­ket. Built on a tough fiber glass base, each shin­gle pro­vides resis­tance to blow-off and tear­ing. Strip roof­ing shin­gles are used pri­mar­ily by home builders man­u­fac­tur­ing econ­omy priced homes or pur­chased by home­own­ers as replace­ment roof­ing shin­gles for homes that already have strip shin­gles on the roof. Cer­tain­Teed man­u­fac­tures strip roof­ing shin­gles under the prod­uct names XT™ 25 (CertainTeed) , and Royal Sovereign (GAF).

The three-tab shingles lay flat with no dimensional thickness and can withstand up to 60 mph winds. This was the most popular shingle option in the country due to easy installation, easy production, cost effectiveness, and long life span.  Like other types of asphalt shingles, the three-tab shingle has a lifespan between 15 to 30 years which can be affected by climate, weather, environment, roof pitch, and algae and fungus growth.

KEY POINTS

      • Cost effective option
      • 5 year 60 mph wind warranty
      • Easy to install
      • Shingles lay flat on the roof

Architectural​ Dimen­sional Asphalt Roof­ing Shin­gles

Architectural dimen­sional asphalt roof­ing shin­gles are man­u­fac­tured as multi-layered prod­ucts and pro­vide a thicker and richer appear­ance on the roof (a multi-dimensional look). Dimen­sional roof­ing shin­gles typ­i­cally are heav­ier weight than strip roof­ing shin­gles and usu­ally have improved war­ranty pro­tec­tions, which can range from 30-years to Life­time. CertainTeed’s Land­mark™ Series & GAF’s Timberline roof­ing shin­gles are a typi­cal design for a Dimen­sional roof­ing shingle.

Architectural dimensional asphalt shingles can be made to simulate the impressive, south after look of genuine cedar shakes or natural slate tiles without the installation, weight, maintenance, flammability worries (in the case of real wood) and expense associated with genuine wood and stone roofing materials.  Because these shingles are thicker and heavier, they have a better wind rating

KEY POINTS

      • Better warranty creates value
      • 15 year 130 mphwindwarranty
      • Dimensional look
      • Thicker, laminated shingles

Premium or Luxury Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Premium or Luxury asphalt shingles are dimensional shingles that come in a variety of shapes and weight.  CertainTeed Grand Manor Series & GAF’s Camelot II are examples of Premium shingles. 

Premium or Luxury shingles are multi-layer shingles making them the thickest, most durable shingle with the best manufacturer’s rating of all the shingle types.  These shingles typically meet even the strictest HOA requirements.  Cut to resemble wood shake or natural slate tiles, the look of a luxury shingle is distinctive and highly sought after. 

KEY POINTS

      • Multi layered shingle construction
      • Higher algae resistance
      • Often meet HOA requirements