When you are re-roofing your home you have options as to what kind of asphalt shingle types you may use. The prices vary between the three main shingle types, and so do the styles and appearance. We have installed asphalt roofing shingles in Puyallup, Washington and the surrounding cities for nearly 20 years.
The 3 types of asphalt roofing shingles are 1) 3 tab roofing shingles 2) Architectural laminate roofing shingles 3) Premium designer or key cut roofing shingles. These shingles are rated from basic, better, to best. Your budget for re-roofing, the desired appearance of your home and the climate of the area you live in can determine what type of roofing shingle you should use on your home. Check out the features of each roofing shingle below to help determine what will work best for your roofing needs.
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Basic Protection: 3 Tab Roofing Shingles:
3 tab roofing shingles are the economical solution to roofing projects. The cost is lower and often that is a determining factor when a homeowner is choosing a new roofing system. 3 tab roofing shingles are typically 3 feet long, and made of 3 square tabs of equal proportion. They lay very flat on the roof and come in a great variety of colors. Depending on the manufacturer of the shingle they can carry anywhere from a 20 to a 30 year limited warranty, and a 60-70 mph wind rating. The actual roof life of a 3 tab shingle can vary from 10-13 years. 3 tab shingles are not highly recommended in areas that have very high winds or sever snow loads. If you are considering using 3 tab shingles check with your home owners association before roofing as often they are not acceptable to neighborhood codes. These shingles are adequate for weather zones like Puyallup and Tacoma, Washington. Suggested manufacturers of 3 tab shingles: GAF’s Royal Sovereign or IKO’s Marathon 3 tab shingle.
Architectural Laminate/Composite Roofing Shingles:
Architectural laminate shingles are the most popular type of roofing shingles in Puyallup and many other areas today. They have a fiberglass matt covered in asphalt and coated with special colored granules. The biggest difference you will see when comparing these to 3 tab shingles is the thickness of the shingle. Architectural laminates are often called high definition due to the thickness and coloring patterns. They are also designed to more accurately reflect a natural wood shake roof. The warranties on the architectural laminate shingles as of 2011 are now almost all limited lifetime. In laymen’s terms a 50 year limited warranty on material with a non-prorated portion of either 10-15 years depending on the manufacturer. The true roof life of these shingles is approximately 17-25 years depending on weather, installation and the type of roofing system you use. Its been our common practice especially in 2011 to install a complete roofing system on our Puyallup re-roofs so our customers can get maximum roof life and upgraded warranties on their homes. GAF’s Timberline HD has been the number 1 selling architectural laminate shingle for many years. Other architectural laminate styles also include CertainTeed’s Landmark and IKO’s Cambridge shingles.
Key Cut Premium Designer Roofing Shingles:
Premium Designer roofing shingles are the “best of class” for a roofing project in Puyallup, Washington. The statement you get what you pay for really comes into play here. Premium designer shingles have many layers and are by far the heaviest shingle you can purchase. Their thickness and definition trumps the look of both 3 tab and standard architectural laminate shingles. The wind rating on the designer shingles is 130 mph with a 50 year limited warranty. The true roof life of the designer or presidential style shingles is approximately 35 years. Installation of these shingles will actually increase the value of your home. Shingles like the GAF Grand Canyon or Grand Sequoia, IKO’s Armourshake, or CertainTeed’s Presidential shingle are the most popular choice when replacing a real wood shake roof. They most accurately duplicate the authenticity of the wood shake look.
Chase Construction North West, Inc has been utilizing best roofing practices in Puyallup for nearly 20 years.
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