Know Your Shingles: The Different Kinds of Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt shingles come in a few different varieties you should know about if you’re considering them for your home.

Shingles are shingles, right? They go on your roof and protect your house, and do a good job of it for 20-30 years before they start showing sign of wear. There are, however, three different types of asphalt shingles you need to know about if you’re thinking about replacing your roof. Each offers different advantages for your home, for wildly different reasons. Read on to learn more about the different types of asphalt shingles available.

Strip Shingles

The old faithful of asphalt shingles, strip shingles are the original. These lightweight shingles have a very flat look on the roof line, and used to be the most commonly used roof shingle. Nowadays, strip shingles are mostly used as replacement roofing shingles on houses that have strip shingles on the roof already, or for builders manufacturing economy priced homes. That’s not to say these shingles are low quality. Strip shingles are tried and true, and the least expensive option available.

Dimensional Shingles

Also known as architectural laminated shingles, dimensional shingles are the new standard for asphalt roofing shingles. Since these are dual or multi-layered they give a more complex look than strip shingles, which are single layered. These newer shingles are also heavier than strip shingles, so they are less likely to warp.

Premium Shingles

The name premium shingles refers to asphalt shingles that are made to either copy the look of a an older style of shingle, like cedar or natural slate, or perform a secondary function. Premium shingles can provide impact resistance or solar reflectivity as an added function, or simply provide a classic aesthetic to your home. This type of shingle was produced to offer the look and appeal of “old-world” roofs, with all of the strength and durability advantages of asphalt.

Schaefer Siding and Exteriors is an Experienced Roofing Company

Schaefer Siding and Exteriors has been installing siding, roofs, windows and garage doors in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia for nearly 40 years since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed 5-Star Contractor for siding, CertainTeed 4-Star Contractor for roofing, and Certified ShingleMaster. Contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our website for more information. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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