There are two main types of asphalt shingles:
Three-tab shingles are distinguished by cutouts—tabs—made along their long lower edge. The result is that each shingle looks like three separate pieces when installed, but it’s really only one. Three-tab shingles have been around a long time and are still the most economical shingle today.
Three-tab shingles are very affordable and you can select between a variety of colors. But because 3-tab shingles are less thick than architectural shingles, they have a shorter life span and will need to be replaced sooner.
Strip roofing shingles are used primarily by home builders manufacturing economy priced homes or purchased by homeowners as replacement roofing shingles for homes that already have strip shingles on the roof.
Architectural asphalt shingles are a type of asphalt shingle that’s designed to look more ascetically appealing. Many feel that architectural shingles or a.k.a laminate or dimensional shingles resemble the look of wood shake. This creates the contoured, dimensional look that gives them their name. They’ll give you the upscale, architectural look you want, at a price you can afford. Architectural shingles are an upgraded shingle when compared to traditional 3-tab shingles.
Asphalt sealant bonds the layers, reinforcing the shingles’ waterproof capability. Though durable, architectural shingles are not recommended for low-sloping (flat) roofs, which are more vulnerable to wind-driven rain. See our
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Popular choices among architectural shingles are the HD and Lifetime options.
HD Shingles – Your roof can represent 40 percent or more of your home’s curb appeal. Now, you can improve its resale value with high definition shingles. The high definition color blends and enhances shadow effects for a genuine wood shake look.
Lifetime Shingles –
Lifetime shingles offer extended warranty periods ranging from 30 years and beyond. As with any roof, regular inspection and maintenance is required to ensure the roof gets the longest lifetime possible. A lifetime shingle that’s maintained properly will give you great peace of mind. To talk specifically about your roof and the best warranty option to fit your needs and your budget, let’s schedule a free consultation. Call us at (757) 537-1945 or complete the Get A Quote form and we’ll be in touch with you shortly!
No matter which type of residential roof you select, you’ll want a long-life warranty. Be aware, however, that warranty coverage can be nullified if the manufacturer determines its product was installed improperly. To learn more about roofing warranties, check out our blog post right here.
Manufacturer warranties currently guarantee asphalt shingles for a 15- to 30-year useful life. Why the wide span? Climate, weather and environmental factors. Homeowners in areas enduring long summers with high heat may need to replace roofing sooner than homeowners in cooler regions. Most damaging are sudden spiking temperatures—from 40 or 50 degrees at night to well over 100 by midday, for example. Similarly, in areas known for severe winters, ice dams formed as water freezes may aggravate tiny cracks and fissures that eventually necessitate repairs.
Roof pitch also affects shingle life. The steeper the slope, the likelier it is that water and ice can drain off quickly and not remain to become destructive. It is for this reason that architectural shingles, though durable, are not recommended for low-sloping roofs, which are more vulnerable to wind-driven rain and ice buildup.
All roofing mechanics at Flat Roofs By Pegram are manufacture-certified and we stand behind our warranty. Flat Roofs By Pegram is committed to only using our own mechanics who are highly trained by each of our manufacturers. Additionally, every commercial roofing project is supervised and inspected by owner, Willie Pegram.
We stand behind every warranty because we stand behind our roofing mechanics! ~ Willie Pegram