The 411 on Asphalt Shingles

We offer the 411 on asphalt shingles because asphalt shingles are the leading choice for residential roofing in the United States.  In fact, 4 out of 5 homes are roofed with asphalt shingles.  If you are considering reroofing your home or you’re choosing a new roof, you will find asphalt shingles offer the broadest array of colors, shapes and textures available for homes in the area.  The 411 on asphalt shingles will help you understand:

  • How asphalt shingles are made
  • The benefits of using asphalt shingles
  • The different types of asphalt shingles

With a vast range of styles to choose from, asphalt shingles work well with every type of architectural design and can affordably achieve the desired effect you’re after.  Here are the 411 on asphalt shingles:

How Asphalt Shingles Are Made

Asphalt shingles are manufactured out of either organic or fiberglass- based materials.  The main difference is in what the substrate or base is made of.  Organic shingles are made from recycled paper waste or wood fibers.  The base of the fiberglass asphalt shingles is made from glass fibers of various lengths and orientations.  The shingle is then saturated with a special formulated asphalt coating and then saturated with weather resistant granules.

The Benefits of Using Asphalt Shingles

  • Performance – Asphalt shingles handle extreme temperatures and can stand up to various weather conditions like wind, rain and ice.
  • Affordability – Overall, asphalt shingles provide customers with high value at a relatively low price.  Asphalt shingles offer comparable life expectancy and don’t cost a fortune to install or maintain.
  • Low Maintenance – When properly installed asphalt shingles require very little maintenance.  Repairs are also easy should damage occur.
  • Fire and Wind Resistance Ratings – Asphalt shingles are manufactured to resist external fire and flammability standards.  You can choose between Class A, B or C rated shingles to get optimal protection from fire.  Shingles with a “Wind Resistance” label have also been manufactured and tested to be durable for high-wind locations.
  • Overall Appeal and Design Versatility – Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and designs that offer an appealing look for your home.  They are also used in a variety of architectural designs and can be used virtually on any home. 

Types of Asphalt Shingles

• Strip Shingles -- these asphalt shingles are approximately three times as long as they are wide. Manufactured in both standard and metric dimensions, strip shingles are distinguished by the number of cutouts or tabs that they have. The most common type of strip shingle is the "three-tab" shingle. Different textural and lighting/shadowing effects can be achieved with strip shingles depending on the number, shape and alignment of the cutouts.

• Laminated Shingles -- these special shingles contain more than one layer of tabs to create extra thickness. They are also referred to as three-dimensional or architectural shingles because they create visual depth on a roof and impart a custom look. Laminated shingles continue to be a favorite among builders, roofing contractors and homebuyers.

• Interlocking Shingles -- as the name suggests, interlocking asphalt shingles are individual shingles that mechanically fasten to each other, and are used to provide greater wind resistance. They come in various shapes and sizes providing a wide range of design possibilities.

• Large Format Shingles --generally rectangular or hexagonal in shape, these shingles do not utilize cutouts or tabs.

The 411 on Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are an affordable roofing material that is designed to be easy to install and provide low maintenance for the homeowner.  They are durable, strong and provide protection for your home from most weather conditions.  If you have more questions about The 411 on asphalt shingles or you would like to speak to us about your roof please call AnyWeather Roofing Experts today.