Asphalt Shingle Styles
In terms of roof coverings, there many different roofing materials out there on the market. However, the most common type of roofing shingle in North America is the Asphalt Shingle, which is made of a blend of asphalt and fiberglass, with granules on the top layer that add protection and color. That doesn’t mean that all homes have the exact same shingles on their roofs, though.
If you’ve ever looked at the homes in your neighborhood or around town, you may have noticed many different styles and colors. Perhaps a roof replacement is in your near future, or you’d like to get to know more about the roof on your home currently, the best place to start is with a base knowledge of asphalt shingles. There are, in a sense, different levels of asphalt shingles that are available.
The first level is known as a 3-Tab. These are the most economical of the options and are offered by a wide variety of manufacturers. This style of shingle is easy to install and has a flatter appearance than other shingles. You can expect a three-tab shingle to last up to 20 years, not including the extreme weather they may experience on occasion. Three Tab shingles are very high in popularity due to their lower cost and wide availability.
Architectural shingles are also known as Dimensional or Laminate. This style came out in the 1970’s and was created to mimic the look of wood shake shingles. Instead of the three-tab, which have a flat look, these architectural shingles are overlapped and laminated together to give a dimensional look. They also use shading in the coloration of the shingles to give even more dimension and shape to the shingles’ look. Architectural shingles are typically found on the higher end homes, and typically cost slightly more than the three-tab. However, they are gaining in popularity and can be found in a wide variety of neighborhoods. Like three-tab, architectural shingles are produced by many different manufacturers and come in many different colors. You will just need to research what may be available in your area.
Architectural shingles vary in their own levels of style and lifespan. The standard is a 30-year shingle, but it can go up from there. If you are looking for a highly stylized shingle, there are many designer options on the market. The price of these shingles will be much higher than the two-previous shingles discussed, but for some, the look is worth the cost. These premium shingles are designed to really give the look of a wood shake roof or even a slate tile roof, and they typically have a longer lifespan, usually of 50 years.
Class 4 Impact Resistant Shingles
If you live in an area that is subject to hail storms (like most of Georgia), you may think about upgrading your shingles to an impact resistant style. This is another premium architectural style shingle that is made to absorb the shock of the hailstones, which helps reduce the amount of granule loss and damage to your shingles. Many insurance companies will even offer a slight discount on your premium if you choose to go with a Class 4 shingle. However, be aware that this does not make them hail-proof. Damage can still occur, but it is much better protection than the standard asphalt shingle.
Asphalt Shingle Types
If you are thinking about getting a roof replacement, hopefully, these descriptions gave you a good starting point when you begin to talk with roofing contractors in Woodstock. There are so many different styles, colors, and brands out there, but knowing what type of shingle you have or want to switch to can be a great starting point so you can begin the conversation with some education already under your belt.
Then, when you’re ready to work with a qualified roofing contractor, you can make sure you’re getting the perfect shingle type for your roof and your budget.
When we meet for your free roofing estimate, we will be happy to discuss the various shingle types and colors, whether you want the classic, economical style of the three-tab, or are looking at a designer shingle to add that special touch.
We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners like you find the perfect shingle type and color for their home, and would be happy to help you find your ideal shingle, too. Contact us today for a free, no pressure estimate.