Function and Style
Asphalt shingles are a proven roof covering material that is available in many styles, shapes and colours. Architectural shingle types - such as laminates - are rapidly gaining in popularity. Asphalt shingles are suitable for most residential applications. In fact, industry estimates show approximately 80% of the total residential roofs are covered with asphalt shingles. Properly installed asphalt shingles will not only effectively shed water off the roof; they will enhance the beauty, character and value of your home. Lastly, asphalt shingles are backed by a warranty typically ranging from 20 years to Lifetime.
Advantages of Asphalt Shingles
Affordable Cost: Compared to other roofing products, asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive.
Peace of Mind: Asphalt shingles have been around for over 100 years. They have a proven track record in our harsh climatic conditions.
Suitability: Asphalt shingles are available in a wide selection of sizes, styles and colours, suitable for most residential applications.
Low Maintenance and Easy Repairs: Other more expensive roofing products can require more maintenance, specialized tools, can be more difficult to repair and almost always require professional installation.
Asphalt shingles meet other roofing material types
In the roofing industry, there are currently other, more expensive materials available to cover roofs. Some products include Metal or Wood shingles and Concrete or Slate tiles, these materials generally require professional installation which can be quite expensive. Some of these products are quite heavy on the roof structure and are not necessarily suitable for all roof types. The maintenance required to keep these products looking good surpasses by far the low maintenance required with asphalt shingles.
Making Asphalt Roofing Products
Asphalt Roofing Products are manufactured in a continuous process using organic felt or fiberglass mat as the core materials on which other components are layered. The organic felt is saturated and coated with hot asphalt and the top surface is then covered with a protective layer of coloured, U.V. resistant ceramic granules. The fiberglass mat is coated with hot asphalt and the top surface is then covered with a protective layer of coloured U.V. resistant ceramic granules.