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Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used shingles in roofing. It comes in two types, fiberglass or composite. The shingle's composition is referred to as matting. Fiberglass shingles have tough embedded fiberglass matting, as opposed to composite which has organic matting. Since the invention of the fiberglass mat, the use of organic shingles has been diminishing.
Types of Asphalt Shingles
There are four different types of asphalt shingles that can be found - large individual shingles, interlocking shingles, strip shingles and laminated shingles. The type of shingle you select will depend on how you want your roof to look and what kind of exposure to intense weather conditions the roof potentially will be under. Interlocking shingles, for example, are an excellent choice in areas that experience high-wind conditions. All of these shingle types also are available in many different colors and textures to fit with a home’s style.
Fiberglass shingles are the most widely used shingles for homeowners today. Fiberglass shingles have come a long way from when they were first introduced. There can be a major variance from one manufacturer to another, so it’s important to understand the basic fundamentals of what makes a good quality shingle. The quality of the mat, the asphalt and the granules are just a few of the parts that will separate a good, quality shingle from one of lesser quality. Fiberglass shingles carry a better fire rating then most organic shingles, and they come in a variety of shapes and colors, so finding a design to fits your home should not be a problem. In most cases the fiberglass shingles come with a 30-year warranty or longer and is less expensive then the composite shingle.
Composite shingles are a heavier shingle, and if all other intangibles are equal, the heavier the shingle, the more the cost. They are, however, more flexible and more durable in colder weather climates, but because they have an inferior fire rating to fiberglass, they are less commonly used.
Architectural Shingles, also known as asphalt-laminated shingles, have come a long way since its inception. It offers random patterns and various shades in the finished installation. Patterns are created to give an appearance of a more dimensional look, such as wood, slate, etc. These shingles also come in various weights and warranties, normally between 30-50 years, with the heavier shingles being the more expensive but also offering the longer warranties.
GAF Materials Corporation has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of residential roofing (sold under the GAF-Elk brand) and commercial roofing (sold under the GAF brand). Professional installers have long preferred the rugged, dependable performance that only a GAF roof can offer and have made it the top-selling brand in North America.
Architectural roofing shingles provide a stunning three-dimensional appearance. Some of the most attractive architectural roofing shingles simulate cedar wood shakes, such as CertainTeed’s Presidential Shake TL and Presidential Shake shingles. These shingles are quite thick with random slots similar to real shakes.
Another unique architectural shingle design imitates the look of slate, such as CertainTeed’s Symphony Slate, Grand Manor, Centennial Slate or Carriage House shingles without the weight issues that normally accompany those materials. These architectural roofing shingles do not require any additional roof support as slate would.