If you’re looking to update your roof for a residential roof or commercial roof, asphalt shingles provide a number of benefits to your structures roof. Asphalt shingles are manufactured to resemble tile, wood, cedar shakes or slate, while providing numerous benefits to the structure.
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Benefits of shingle ROOFING
Varieties of asphalt shingles are manufactured to resemble tile, wood, cedar shakes or slate, while providing more benefits than other roofing materials. Neither metal nor concrete tiles match asphalt roofing for its overall combination of beauty, durability and longevity. Asphalt shingles also possess a greater ease of installation and require less maintenance than metal and concrete. Saving you time and money, while providing the aesthetic appeal your project requires.
- Wide array of rich colors
- Wide selection of textures
- Can look like wood, cedar, or slate
- Know to provide less leak issues
- Commercial & Residential Benefits
- Very affordable & cost effective
- Low maintenance
- Easy Installation
- Recyclable, Earth Friendly
- Fire Resistant
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best asphalt shingle to use on my roof?
Asphalt shingle material performance depends of the quality, quantity and compatibility of asphalt fillers, reinforcements and surface granules. There are two kinds of asphalt shingles (based on the type of reinforcement mat used); fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are more fire and moisture-resistant than organic shingles. Organic shingles have good wind resistance, high tear strength and can be installed in colder temperatures.
Asphalt shingles should be in compliance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and applicable building codes. Fiberglass shingles should meet ASTM D 3462, “Standard Specification for Asphalt Shingles Made from Glass Felt and Surfaced with Mineral Granules,” and organic shingles should meet ASTM D 225, “Standard Specification for Asphalt Shingles (Organic Felt) and Surfaced with Mineral Granules.”
Consumers also should keep in mind a roofing warranty’s length should not be the primary criterion in the selection of a roofing product or roof system because the warranty does not necessarily provide assurance of satisfactory roof system performance. See NRCA’s consumer advisory bulletin addressing roofing warranties for more information.
What are the most common asphalt shingle product and test standards?
The most commonly found product and test standards are:
- ASTM E108: “Fire Tests of Roof Coverings” and ULC S-107: “Fire Tests of Roof Coverings” are tests for roofs exposed to exterior fire hazards. Roof coverings are rated as Class A, B or C. Typically, glass shingle roof systems are Class A (including the underlayment). The Canadian equivalent for this requirement is ULC-S107.
- ASTM D225: “Asphalt Shingles (Organic Felt) Surfaced With Mineral Granules” is a product standard with requirements for organic shingles. Organic roofing shingles are no longer available.
- ASTM D3018: “Class A Asphalt Shingles Surfaced with Mineral Granules” is a product standard with some tests for Class A glass roof shingles.
- ASTM D3161: “Standard Test Method for Wind-Resistance of Steep Slope Roofing Products (Fan-Induced Method)” is a laboratory wind test.
- ASTM D3462: “Asphalt Shingles Made from Glass Felt and Surfaced with Mineral Granules” is a product standard with requirements for glass shingles. All IKO glass shingles comply.
- CSA A123.1-M: “Asphalt Shingles Surfaced with Mineral Granules” is a product standard with requirements for organic roofing shingles. Organic shingles are no longer available.
- CSA A123.5-M: “Asphalt Shingles Made with Glass Felt Saturated with Mineral Granules” is a product standard with requirements for glass roofing shingles. All IKO glass shingles comply (except Marathon 20)
Note: Make sure that shingles purchased or used meet the required standard.
See CASMA Technical Bulletin No. 5 for more information.
What is causing the algae growth on my shingles?
Algae growth exists as a brown to black discoloration of the shingle and is caused by a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa. Although algae may exist on a shingle, it does not affect the functional performance of the shingle. Essentially, this is an aesthetic problem. Most IKO roofing shingles are now algae resistant, and covered by a Limited Algae Resistance Warranty.
What is buckling?
Buckling is defined as ridges that form along the length of the shingle, with the ridge spacing usually coincidental with deck board joints. These ridges are caused by the shingle being distorted from the movement of the deck. Buckling can occur with any deck type, but is more common with board decks, and less common on plywood/OSB decks. Buckling can occur when a new roof is installed, even if the old roof did not show any buckles; when the roof is stripped, the deck may be exposed to moisture, causing dimensional changes in the supporting lumber.
What is color shading?
A roof observed from different lighting conditions or angles may have darker or lighter spots in certain areas. This apparent difference in color is referred to as “shading.” Shading is usually caused by unavoidable slight variations in texture which occur during the shingle manufacturing process.
Black or dark colored shingles are more prone to shading problems. A small amount of light is reflected from dark surfaces. Therefore, even slight textural differences may cause shading. Light colored shingles reflect greater amounts of light than darker shingles and as a result it is harder to notice shading problems. Since blends are made from a number of colors, shading differences are masked and are even less noticeable.
The material on the back of a shingle is sometimes transferred to other shingles that are next to it. Also, when shingles are stacked too high or stored for long periods of time, stains can develop. Both conditions can create the appearance of shading. These are only temporary aesthetic issues and will naturally weather off. Note: Shading does not affect the watershedding performance or life expectancy of a shingle.
multiple styles & colors available
The roof on your home can account for up to 35% of its visible exterior. It is one of the most important elements of your home’s curb appeal and potential value, in other words, your roof doesn’t just provide protection. With that in mind, choosing the right roof shingle colors is not something to be taken lightly.
When Choosing Your Shingles, Consider These Points;
- The roof should compliment and bring out other features such as brickwork or woodwork.
- The color of your shingles should harmonizes with the natural environment around you.
- Consider your neighbors. It is recommended that your roof design does not clash with those in your neighborhood, it may have a negative impact on curb appeal, making your home more difficult to sell if you decide to put it on the market, it may also result in an overall reduction in value.
|HOUSE COLOR||BEST MATCHING ROOF SHINGLE COLOR|
|Red||Dark Brown, Black, Grey, Green|
|Light Grey||Grey, Black, Green, Blue, White|
|Beige/Cream||Brown, Black, Grey, Green, Blue|
|Brown||Grey, Brown, Green, Blue|
|White||Almost any color including Brown, Grey, Black, Green, Blue, White|
|Weathered Wood or Log Houses||Brown, Green, Black, Grey|
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