Asphalt Shingles for Your Home

Dimensional asphalt shingle roofing.

There are many types of shingles that are used with a sloping roof including:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Tile roofing shingles(clay or concrete)
  • Slate shingles
  • Wood shingles and shakes
  • Metal shingles

But of all these material types, the overwhelmingly most popular, versatile, simple to install and cost effective choice is the asphalt shingle roof.

First used in 1901, asphalt shingles have been part of the American home landscape for over a century.  At Indianapolis Roofing Siding we insure that your roof will be landscaped with the highest quality of shingles intergrating cost effective pricing with superior craftsmanship.

At Indianapolis Roofing Siding we use shingles that are durable for the price, affordable and come in many different textures and colors. The most common styles of asphalt shingles are the “strip” shingle or the “laminated” shingle.

Although fairly durable, asphalt shingles are still subject to damage and your roof should be checked after major hail or wind storms. Additionally, you should always make sure that your roof is properly ventilated. Our roofing contractors are highly trained and will insure your roof is properly ventilated and will always be just a phone call away incase of inclement weather for any questions you may have.

OK, let’s take a look at some basics related to asphalt shingles.

Types of Asphalt Shingle Construction

The most common type of asphalt shingle homeowners will have installed are either fiberglass shingles or organic mat-based shingles. We at Indianapolis Roofing Siding want to make sure you are educated in the type of shingle which best suits your roofing needs. We know that your home is one of your most valued possessions and we want to be sure that you become fully knowledgeable in all aspects of picking the proper roofing materials for your home.

The shingle will have either an asphalt saturated organic substrate made from cellulose fibers like wood or paper, or it can have a fiberglass based substrate or mat.

Fiberglass shingles can have these general characteristics:

  • High durability and strength
  • Lighter weight and thinner material
  • Higher fire rating than organic varieties
  • Longer warranties

Organic mat shingles can have 40 percent or more asphalt content than fiberglass which makes them heavier, thicker and more expensive. However, they are also rugged, flexible and able to absorb more damage over time.

First used in 1901, asphalt shingles have been part of the American home landscape for over a century.  At Indianapolis Roofing Siding we insure that your roof will be landscaped with the highest quality of shingles intergrating cost effective pricing with superior craftsmanship.

The weathering side of the shingle is coated with a harder asphalt material and then embedded with special aggregate granules for a weathering surface. A heat sensitive adhesive or “self sealing strip” of mastic is then applied above the tabs so the shingles adhere to each other once nailed in place in a staggered manner.

Design Options With Asphalt Shingles

Shingles come in different basic design styles including the old standby three-tab strip shingle and the more textural dimensional laminated architectural shingle.

  • The strip shingle is a basic shingle with a strip of material (usually 3 times the length to height in proportion) with cutouts or tabs. The most common strip shingle is the 3-tab strip shingle.
  • The laminated dimensional shingle is a premium shingle and has multiple layers of tabs to create a texture and dimension to the shingle. A variation of the dimensional shingle is the luxury shingle which is much thicker and has larger exposures than dimensional shingles. Luxury shingles can mimic the appearance of wood or slate shingles.

Three-tab shingles have cutouts or tabs that are lined along their lower edges. This means that each shingle looks like three different pieces, but they’re actually one large piece. This type of shingle design remains the most popular and economical means of covering a roof today because it covers more ground.

In comparison, laminated dimensional shingles have no cutouts but rather portions that are laminated with more asphalt. The sealant of asphalt bonds their layers, which reinforces their ability to defend against impact damage, rain and wind.

Asphalt shingles are designed for roof slopes of at least a 4:12 pitch (4 inch vertical rise over a 12 inch horizontal run). Between 2:12 and 4:12 some manufactures may allow their product to be used if installed according to their special instructions.

Asphalt Shingle Colors

Apart from the different asphalt shingle varieties and designs, there’s also no shortage of colors to choose from to put on your roof. The color choices have expanded since the inception of asphalt shingles, and your choices depend on what you want for your home and what matches its style.

Some of the tones will range from gray to red to brown, and you’ll find blue and green mixed in as well. You can also mix light and dark tones together to create weathered or vintage shingles for older homes. We have partnered with many experts like GAF, TAMKO, etc. At Indianapolis Roofing Siding we have access to new technology which allows us to experiment with colors on your home through an online tool before installing them on your home. We also can also direct you to shingles that are designed to absorb less heat from the sun. This helps to cut down on how much your air conditioner has to turn on during those hot summer days.

We will be here to assist you in all your shingle needs and questions from start to finish; from the style of shingle, to the color, to the best choice for you and your family economically.

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