Asphalt shingles come in two major varieties: Fiberglass and organic.
Fiberglass shingles have a woven fiberglass base mat, which is covered with a waterproof asphalt coating, it is then topped with ceramic granules that shield the product from harmful UV rays. Because of the strength of the fiberglass mat, less asphalt is needed to give the Asphalt Shingles strength. This gives you a lighter and thinner roofing material. Fiberglass shingles also have a higher fire rating than organic varieties and generally carry a longer warranty.
Organic 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. This leads to 40% more asphalt need than the fiberglass shingle to give the strength needed. This leads to a heavier, thicker and more costly shingle. While organic shingles are considered more rugged and more flexible, they are also more absorbent and can warp over time.
The two main types of shingles are Three-tab shingles which have cutouts tabs on the lower edge. Three-tab shingles which have been around the longest are also the most economical and most popular Asphalt Shingles today.
Architectural asphalt 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. Due to their higher weight and strength, they also hold up to storms and the often harsh Dallas environment.
No longer easy to identify Once installed today’s Architectural Asphalt Shingles are designed to approximate the look of asphalt the look of slate, wood shakes or even tile. They also come in a variety of textures and shapes to fit any building type from an older Victorian Property to a modern contemporary property and everything in-between.
Asphalt Shingles 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 to 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.
Call Alpine Roofing Construction today about the choice of modern Asphalt Shingles.