When you start shopping for a new roof, it can get overwhelming looking at all the options. Since asphalt is the #1 choice for the typical American, we’d like to discuss options within this material category. Overall, there are three types of asphalt roofing shingle products:
- Strip shingles
- Dimensional shingles
- Luxury shingles
When you understand the differences between each type, you can make the best decision for your budget, maintenance preferences, energy bill goals, and more. We can also show you a variety of options from our favorite brands like CertainTeed for a high-quality installation.
A Closer Look at Asphalt
Asphalt has grown to be the most-loved material for residential roofing for its ability to provide outstanding value for its price. It’s also known as composite shingles since it’s made from a mix of mineral granules, asphalt, cellulose, and fiberglass. Depending on the type of product you get, the combination can include additional elements to make it more durable or have extra properties like solar reflection.
This material is also known to be resistant to impacts from hail and tree branches, while it’s also fire-retardant and resistant to damage from water, pests, and mold. You still need to schedule regular roofing inspections to make sure your roof is in good condition, but this material typically requires less vigilance and maintenance compared to other materials. Now, let’s take a closer look at the shingle types that are available.
Strip shingles are also known as 3-tab shingles since they come in a series of connected pieces. They are the most economic and basic type of asphalt roofing product. Since these tabs are made to be installed quickly in layers, the cost of labor for installing this is lower compared to other types of shingles. It has a flat appearance that looks like slate, but it can come in a variety of colors like brown, grey, and even light grey for solar reflective purposes. Strip shingles are easy to use and are still quite popular, but designer shingles have also made headway into the market for the unique looks they offer. For a high-quality strip shingle option, try CertainTeed’s XT™ 25 shingle.
This type is also called architectural or laminate shingles. As one of the most commonly used asphalt shingles, it is well-loved for its durability and extra quality. They are made with two or more layers of asphalt that are bonded together to make a thicker and more durable product. These shingles also have a multi-dimensional appearance, and can look like different natural materials like wood shake and slate. Since they are heavier than strip shingles, they take more work to install, so the cost of labor is higher. However, dimensional shingles are prized for their durability, which typically grants them better warranties. For a good laminate shingle option, try any product from CertainTeed’s Landmark® line.
If you want the best of the best, luxury shingles offer top quality performance and looks that asphalt can offer. These shingles offer excellent functionality and looks that even exceed that of dimensional shingles. They are made with careful attention to detail and offer premium protection against all outdoor elements. If you need a shingle that looks just like wood or stone but without the fussy care, luxury shingles are for you. You’ll have to look several times to even notice that it’s asphalt, but it’s still very hard to tell! For good examples of this type of asphalt, try CertainTeed’s Carriage House® line.
Trust Your Roof Replacement to Noble Roofing
Whether you’re looking for better form or function, or simply feel that a new roof is in order, trust Noble Roofing, the preferred choice for roof replacement in Centreville VA and surrounding cities. Give us a call at (703) 404-0505 to speak with our roofing experts. You can also request a free estimate through our online request form today.
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