Shingles are primarily made of asphalt with a fiberglass scrim sheet reinforcement for strength and stability. They have ceramic granules of various colors embedded on the surface for reflection and appearance. The asphalt works as a repellent to water and also holds the granule surfacing in place. Manufacturer pro-rated warranties generally cover from 20-50 years.
The Benefits of a Asphalt and Fiberglass Shingle Roofs
- Durable, cost effective and lightweight.
- Weather and fire resistant.
- Available in many different styles and colors, some offering the look of wood, tile, or stone.
There are two general categories of Asphalt/Fiberglass Roofing Shingles:
3-Tab Roofing Shingles
3-Tab Asphalt/Fiberglass Roofing Shingles are single-layered typically designed to look like slate. Strip roofing shingles are usually the lightest weight asphalt roofing shingles available in the market. Built on a tough fiber glass base, each shingle provides resistance to blow-off and tearing. 3-Tab roofing shingles are used primarily as an economical solution for re-roofing a home.
Hi-Profile Dimensional Roofing Shingles
Hi-profile Dimensional Asphalt /Fiberglass Roofing Shingles are manufactured with additional tabs of shingles adhered to the top side of the shingle to provide a thicker and richer appearance. Hi-profile dimensional roofing shingles typically are heavier weight than 3-tab roofing shingles and usually have improved warranty protections, which can range from 30-years to Lifetime.
Brands of shingles available on the West Coast are as follow:
Malarkey, Owens-Corning, GAF / Elk, Certainteed & Tamko
A few sample colors are as follows: