What is the role of asphalt shingles and what exactly are they?
Simply put, they are the most common type of roofing material found in the residential home market today.
The primary purpose of using asphalt roofing shingles is to waterproof the roof. Asphalt helps to hold the granules in their place while also adding some overall strength to the shingles. Top quality asphalt stays flexible. It doesn’t dry out or get hard and brittle over the lifetime of the roofing shingles.
Asphalt shingles on the market today come in 3 different categories:
(1). Strip Asphalt Shingles
This type of shingles are single-layered and designed to appear like slate. They’re usually the lightest of all the kinds of roofing shingles available out on the marketplace. Each shingle gives the roof a resistance to tearing and blow-off. This type of shingle is mainly used by home builders who are building homes that are economically priced. They are also used in situations where a homeowner is replacing their roofing shingles and already have strip shingles on their roof. The strip roofing shingles from CertainTeed Manufacturers are found under product names like CT 20, XT 25, and also XT 30.
(2). Dimensional Shingles
These shingles are designed as multi-layered products. The aim of the design is to deliver a thicker, multi-dimensional, and richer appearance while on the roof. This type of shingle is usually a bit heavier than the strip roofing shingle and most of the time carry an improved warranty protection (ranging anywhere from a 30-year guarantee to a lifetime guarantee). This Landmark series from CertainTeed is prototypical design in dimensional roofing shingles.
(3). Premium Shingles
The premium shingles are marketed as laminated shingles. Their appearance differs in that they look more functional and stand out compared to traditional dimensional shingles. These shingles carry a design that mimics the ‘old-world’ type of roofing shingles, sort of like natural shake shingles or natural slate. Prime examples of these shingles in the CertainTeed line are –
a. CertainTeed’s Grand Manor.
b. Carriage House.
c. Presidential Shake.
d. Presidential Solaris
e. Landmark IR
These are prime examples of the kind of premium shingles they put out that give you an enhanced aesthetic appeal while also providing Solar Reflectivity and Impact Resistance. These shingles can extend the life of your roof. They also save on energy costs.