Asphalt Shingle Roof

Asphalt roofing – also called composite shingles – is the most popular roofing option in America due to its low up-front installation costs and relatively simple installation. It’s estimated that about 80% of residential homes use asphalt shingles.

ORGANIC

Made from paper with an asphalt coating to become waterproof. They’re more prone to moisture and saturation, which can cause issues in humid climates.

FIBERGLASS

Treated with waterproof resin coating, offering better fire protection than organic. This material is also lighter and typically lasts longer.

THREE-TAB

These shingles are named for their visual appearance, which looks like three separate tabs. These shingles are thin, and therefore less expensive than the others.

ARCHITECTURAL

Also called dimensional, this style uses two bonded layers for added visual appeal. They contain more asphalt than three-tab, giving them more curve.

 
 
 
 

ORGANIC

Made from paper with an asphalt coating to become waterproof. They’re more prone to moisture and saturation, which can cause issues in humid climates.

 
 
 
 

FIBERGLASS

Treated with waterproof resin coating, offering better fire protection than organic. This material is also lighter and typically lasts longer.

 
 
 
 

THREE-TAB

These shingles are named for their visual appearance, which looks like three separate tabs. These shingles are thin, and therefore less expensive than the others.

 
 
 
 

ARCHITECTURAL

Also called dimensional, this style uses two bonded layers for added visual appeal. They contain more asphalt than three-tab, giving them more curve.

Pros Cons
  • Relatively simple installation process
  • Sudden weather changes may cause decay
  • One of the most-effective materials
  • Less suitable for severe cold weather
  • Adequate lifespan of 12 to 17 years
  • Severe wind can damage shingles
  • Shingles come in a wide variety of options
  • Attic ventilation issues can reduce lifespan
  • Eco-friendly: can be recycled for paving
  • Periodic maintenance is recommended
Pros
  • Relatively simple installation process
  • One of the most-effective materials
  • Adequate lifespan of 12 to 17 years
  • Shingles come in a wide variety of options
  • Eco-friendly: can be recycled for paving
Cons
  • Sudden weather changes may cause decay
  • Less suitable for severe cold weather
  • Severe wind can damage shingles
  • Attic ventilation issues can reduce lifespan
  • Periodic maintenance is recommended

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