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Residential Roof Shingles Comparisons
WARNING: If your asphalt shingles are not installed to manufacturer’s installation guidelines, the shingle warranty is void.
Quality Roofing Services does not represent any residential roofing shingle manufacturer or work exclusively with any product. However, from our vast roofing experience we do know that certain shingles are better suited for certain roof slopes or weather conditions.
We have selected only those manufacturers and products we feel offer homeowners the best value. Our selection is limited to architectural laminate shingles, because this new era of shingles offers the best overall performance. This shingle is composed of fibreglass mat that is covered in asphalt and then coated with granules.
The three major factors to consider when selecting a shingle are:
- How long do I want this roofing system to last?
- Does my roof have a low slope or a steep slope?
- Does the location of my home expose it to any extreme weather conditions such as high wind or hail?
There are two types of asphalt shingles are used: organic and fibreglass or glass fibre.
-Organic shingles are generally paper (waste paper) saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof, then a top coating of adhesive asphalt is applied and ceramic granules are then embedded. In the case of algae-resistant shingles, a portion of the granules contain leach-able paint ceramic-ally coated, designed to protect against discolouration from algae on the roof.
Fiberglass shingles have a base layer of glass fiber reinforcing mat. The mat is made from wet, random-laid fiberglass bonded with urea-formaldehyde resin. The mat is then coated with asphalt which contains mineral fillers and makes the fiberglass shingle waterproof. Fiberglass shingles typically obtain a class "A" fire rating as the fiberglass mat resists fire better than organic/paper mats.
Shingles tend to last longer where the weather stays consistent, either consistently warm, or consistently cool. Thermal shock can damage shingles, when the ambient temperature changes dramatically within a very short period of time. Proper roof ventilation can extend the service life of a roof. Shingles should not be applied when temperatures are below 10ºC (50ºF), as each shingle must seal to the layer below it to form a monolithic structure. The underlying exposed asphalt must be softened by sunlight and heat.
Price points vary, depending on whether you want Luxury, Premium, Designer or Traditional shingles. Key drivers of shingle price include:
- How durable is the shingle?
- What is the length of the warranty?
- Is the warranty transferable?
- Does the warranty cover 100% of replacement and labor costs due to manufacturing defects protection?
- Is there protection against streaking and discoloration?
- Is the shingle UV fade-resistant?
- Do you want a sculpted or three-dimensional look?
Common shingle designs
- Laminate shingles offer extended manufacturer warranties, enhanced construction, heavier weight (which provides better resistance to wind tear-off), and a wider range of design options and colors, which enhances the aesthetics and curb appeal of your home.
- Fiberglass shingles, available in many design options, offer superior fire ratings, better resistance to algae and curling, and no limitations related to weight, an important consideration in roofing applications where heavier shingles cannot be used.
- Three-tab strip shingles are less expensive to purchase and are typically considered builder grade.
- Cedar shingles are composed of natural wood material. While cedar has a long life expectancy, it requires expert installation by an Quality Roofing Services to ensure it performs year after year.
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