Asphalt Roof Shingles

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Asphalt shingles come in two varieties: Fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are made of a woven fiberglass base mat, covered with a waterproof asphalt coating, and topped with ceramic granules that shield the product from harmful UV rays. Because of the composition of the fiberglass mat, less asphalt is needed to give the shingles their durability and strength.

Because of the composition of the fiberglass mat, less asphalt is needed to give the shingles their durability and strength. The result is a lighter weight and thinner roofing material.

Three-tab shingles are distinguished by cutouts—tabs—made along their long lower edge. Each shingle looks like three separate pieces when installed, but it’s only one. Architectural asphalt shingles contain no cutouts, but their lower portions are laminated with an additional asphalt layer. This creates the contoured, dimensional look that gives them their name.
Color choices are more varied than ever, depending on your taste and the style of your home. You’ll generally find tones ranging from pale gray, medium gray and dark gray to beige, reddish and medium brown to dark brown, plus shades of blue and blue green.

Manufacturer warranties currently guarantee asphalt shingles 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.

Asphalt shingle pricing is influenced somewhat by geography but mostly by regional differences in labor cost. No matter which type, style or color you select, you’ll want your asphalt-shingle purchase to include a long-life warranty.


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It’s important to us at Affordable Roofing to properly educate you on the types of Asphalt Shingles available and work with you to help you figure out which will be best for your home, lifestyle, and budget. We want you to decide on the right solution for your roofing needs, not necessarily the most expensive.


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Three-Tab Shingles are so named because the tab forming cutouts create the appearance of three smaller shingles. Three-Tab shingles are typically the most economical form of asphalt shingle. This type of shingle provides double coverage due to the overlap from one shingle to the next. Architectural shingles are designed to have the look or appearance of cedar shakes. Architectural shingles are some of the most popular shingle used for new roof construction in the U.S. currently.

These shingles provide multiple layers of protection and don’t have joints between the tabs so there is no exposure to the weather. Architectural shingles are made by laminating top shingles with cutout to a half shingle which creates a dimensional pattern on the roof. This extra thickness of the random design creates much more of a visually stimulating appearance hiding any imperfections in the decking that might show through Three-Tab Shingles. Designer shingles use newer laminating technology which allow for increase thickness resulting in extra protection from the elements.

Designer shingles replicate the look of cedar shakes and slate roofing material. Due to its higher weight, some structures cannot support designer shingles. Asphalt shingles are manufactured with a fiberglass mat core, or an organic felt material. Both shingle varieties are saturated with asphalt that makes them fire-resistant and waterproof.

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Ceramic granules that are applied to the asphalt to prevent and hinder damage and drying caused by excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, keeping your home cool and reducing electric bills dramatically. Asphalt shingles come in two basic types: fiberglass and organic. Asphalt shingles are manufactured with an organic felt material, or fiberglass mat core. These shingle varieties are saturated with asphalt to make them waterproof and fire-resistant.


Organic shingles contain about 40% more asphalt than the fiberglass alternative, which makes them weigh more and gives them excellent durability and blow-off resistance. The more cost-effective option are fiberglass shingles because they are easier to manufacturer than organic shingles. Asphalt shingles come in hundreds of styles, different colors, compositions, and styles, so that you can choose the perfect asphalt shingle to give your home the best feel, look, and durability for years to come. Asphalt Shingle roofs are affordable, offer a high value, and are resistant to ever-changing weather conditions.

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Architectural shingles are made by laminating top shingles with cutout to a half shingle this creates a dimensional pattern on the roof.


Here at Affordable Roofing Contractors, we want you to choose the right solution for your roofing needs, not necessarily the most expensive.

Long Lifespan

Differences in shingles, exposure to the sun, climate conditions, foliage and the roof's slope all contribute to their lifespan.

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Asphalt shingle roofs are expected to last from 25-40 years. Strip Shingles are a very basic original type of Roof Shingles. Strip Shingles are single layered roofing shingles that are usually created to have the appearance of slate. Strip Roof Shingles have a flat appearance and are the lightest weight shingle available. Strip Shingles were the most predominant shingle available on market in the past. Currently, with the major advances in technology, Strip Shingles are popular for roofers and home builders, mainly because of their affordable pricing, resilience, and longevity. They also are very affordable replacement shingles for homes with strip shingles already on the roof. When replacing a home or building’s old roof with a new high quality roof, the home’s property value increases dramatically.

A new asphalt shingle roof is a very affordable and extremely durable solution that can help protect you and your loved ones for years to come from the constantly changing four-season weather conditions.

Asphalt Shingles are designed for this constant exposure to these extreme fluctuating temperatures, wind, sunlight, rain, ice, sleet, and snow. At Affordable Roofing we take care of all aspects of your roofing project from inspection to removal and installation. We are always going above and beyond in every way possible.

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