Asphalt shingles come
in two varieties: Fiberglass and organic.
are made of a woven fiberglass base mat, covered with a waterproof asphalt
coating, and topped with ceramic granules that shield the product from
harmful UV rays. Because of the composition of the fiberglass mat, less
asphalt is needed to give the shingles their durability and strength. The
result is a lighter weight and thinner roofing material. Fiberglass shingles
also have a higher fire rating than organic varieties and generally carry a
longer warranty. Fiberglass shingles were developed in the 1980s, but have
quickly become the roofing material of choice for most homeowners and
mat-based shingles are made from a recycled layer of felt paper,
asphalt-saturated for waterproofing, and coated with adhesive asphalt into
which the ceramic granules are embedded. With 40 percent more asphalt than
their fiberglass counterparts, the traditional organic mat-based shingles
are heavier, thicker and more costly. While organic shingles are considered
more rugged and more flexible, they are also more absorbent and can warp
over time. The additional asphalt content also makes them less
Regardless of whether
they are fiberglass- or organic-based, asphalt shingles generally measure 12
by 36 inches and are commonly manufactured in two different types: Three-tab
shingles are distinguished by cutouts—tabs—made along their long lower edge.
The result, says Joan Crowe, a technical services director for the National
Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA), is that “each shingle looks like
three separate pieces when installed, but it’s only one.” Three-tab shingles
have been around a long time and are still the most economical and most
popular shingle today.
shingles contain no cutouts, but their lower portions are laminated with an
additional asphalt layer. This creates the contoured, dimensional look that
gives them their name. Asphalt sealant bonds the layers, reinforcing the
shingles’ waterproof capability. Though durable, architectural shingles are
not recommended for low-sloping roofs, which are more vulnerable to
STYLE AND COLOR
asphalt shingles are no longer easy to identify. Why? Some are made to
convincingly mimic the look of slate, wood shakes or even tile.
can be similarly varied; consider the scalloped-edge tabs that
complement Victorian architecture or the square, slate-like shingles
perfectly suited for Colonial homes.
Color choices are more varied than ever, depending on your taste and the
style of your home. You’ll generally find tones ranging from pale gray,
medium gray and dark gray to beige, reddish and medium brown to dark brown,
plus shades of blue and blue green.
There are also variegated looks achieved
by mixing light and dark tones skillfully, plus weathered looks designed to
make a new roof-look suit a vintage house. There are interactive tools
online that can help you “try on” colors and styles to find the asphalt
shingle best suited to your home.
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