Asphalt Shingles & More
It makes sense that so many homes feature asphalt roof shingles: they are affordable, resilient, and come in a wide range of colors and textures. Our roofing contractors are experts at installing these beautiful, versatile shingles in Lititz, Akron, Lancaster, Leola, New Holland, Ephrata, Lebanon, Reading, Downingtown, West Chester, Hershey, Harrisburg, and York, PA, and the surrounding areas.
Why Choose an Asphalt Roof?
You can achieve your dream exterior with the right combination of asphalt shingle shape and hue. Asphalt shingles make it easy to recreate the rustic beauty of wood shakes, the classic craftsmanship of terracotta tile, or even the earthy texture of slate. Architectural shingles with contrasting colors and interesting shapes transform a home into an authentic-looking European chalet or a vintage Colonial masterpiece.
They’re inexpensive. Costs vary by type, but these shingles are cheaper than wood, slate or metal roofing. They are the most popular choice for homeowners and roofing contractors because they are budget-friendly and last a long time.
They’re easy. Home remodeling contractors agree–asphalt roof shingles are the easiest type to install. Because the shingles are lightweight, covering a roof takes a lot quicker than it would with another material. They are soft and flexible, so they can be cut to fit into all your roof’s crevices and draped over its edges. These shingles are brilliant because they “go with the flow” of a roof with a smoothness that’s hard to achieve with wood or metal roofing.
They’re strong. They are reinforced to withstand whatever conditions your house goes through. They’re fire-resistant and can handle years of wind, rain, and hail.
Types of Asphalt Roof Shingles
- ORGANIC SHINGLES are made by saturating a layer of recycled felt paper in asphalt to render it waterproof, coating it with asphalt adhesive, and embedding ceramic granules to protect it against UV rays. Organic shingles have 40% more asphalt than fiberglass shingles. They tend to be thicker, tougher, and more flexible than fiberglass, but they’re also more absorbent.
- FIBERGLASS SHINGLES consist of woven fiberglass mats, also coated with waterproof asphalt and ceramic granules. Since their invention in the 1980s, these shingles have been popular because they are thinner and more lightweight. They generally have a higher fire rating than organic shingles and are more environmentally friendly.
Know Your Shingle Styles
- 3-TAB SHINGLES are the traditional style of asphalt roof shingles. They are commonly seen in older homes and residential rental properties. 3-tab shingles feature three identical cutouts, each about 12″ wide. They give the roof a flat, uniform look. 3-tabs are lighter and less expensive than their architectural counterparts, but they do not last as long.
- ARCHITECTURAL SHINGLES or “dimensional shingles” are composed of two strips of asphalt shingles laminated together. They were originally designed for curb appeal. Their shingles can have alternating colors, widths, and textures, creating an attractive 3-dimensional appearance that mimics cedar shingles.
Due to the double layer, architectural shingles are thicker and more resilient than 3-tabs, but also more expensive. They do not warp easily and can be used to cloak imperfections on a roof. Architectural shingles are the most popular choice for new homes.
- HIP AND RIDGE CAP SHINGLES hug the intersections of your roof, accentuating its edges and eliminating the need to cut up regular shingles to fit around those areas. They lend multi-layer protection to the parts of the roof that get the most stress. Hip and ridge caps prevent rain, snow, and debris from sneaking into a roof’s vulnerable corners. Aesthetically, they give the roof a distinctive profile.
- COOL SHINGLES have three layers: asphalt, fiberglass, and an extra layer of reflective granules. Instead of letting the sun’s heat buildup on top of the house, they reflect sunlight off your roof, keeping your attic cool and driving air conditioning costs down. These innovative shingles are more pricey than regular ones.