Three tab shingles are the roofing industry's standard,
consisting of two layers of asphalt around a fiberglass mat
core covered with ceramic mineral granules, notched into
three integrated pieces, or tabs.
- Dimensional/Architectural Shingles
Dimensional/Architectural shingles are created by bonding or
laminating two asphalt shingles together, giving them a distinct
three-dimensional appearance similar to that of wood shakes.
Laminates are considered more attractive, they are heavier in
weight, and they have longer life spans.
Most shingle manufacturers produce a line of designer shingles
that offer the homeowner a variety of more sophisticated and
unique design options. Typically, designer shingles are heavy
weight multi-layer laminates that provide deeper shadow lines,
richer texture, and simulate more expensive roofing materials
What is a roof system?
What is flashing?
Why do I need felt/underlayment?
What is hip & ridge capping?
What is the difference between 3-Tab, Dimensional/Architectural, & Designer
Most people think of a new roof as just banging up some shingles. But savvy homeowners
know better! Today, effective roofing relies on advanced material technology and an
integrated systems approach to protect your biggest asset–your home.
Roofing manufacturers will not warrant their products unless they are applied as part of a
complete roof system. A complete roof system includes the roof surface (shingles, metal,
slate, etc.), wood decking, underlayment (felt), moisture barriers, flashing, ventilation, and
Working in unison, these elements can provide maximum performance and efficiency.
Shingles by themselves may look nice, but without considering the whole package, you
could be looking at major roof or attic problems down the road.
Decking or Sheathing
An exterior grade wood surface, installed over the supporting framing members, to which the
roofing is applied.
Underlayment or Felt
Asphalt saturated felt used beneath roofing to provide additional protection for the deck.
The underlayment also prolongs shingle life by protecting them from excess heat and
moisture inside the attic.
A self-sealing, fiberglass reinforced membrane used in leak prone areas. Moisture barrier is
recommended for use in areas like valleys, around skylights, and around roof penetrations.
Roof Surface (Shingles)
Asphalt shingles are the decorative roof covering most often selected. Shingles are self-
sealing, fastened by nails, made of various layers of asphalt and fiberglass, and covered
with colored ceramic granules.
Pieces of metal or roll roofing used to prevent seepage of water into a building around
any intersection or projection in a roof such as vent pipes, chimneys adjoining walls,
dormers and valleys. Galvanized metal flashing should be minimum 26–gauge.
A system of intake and exhaust vents that provide fresh air exchanges inside the attic
space. A ventilation system is necessary to remove the hot moisture laden air that can
damage your decking and shingles.
Shingles used to cover the horizontal or inclined external angle formed by the
intersection of two sloping roof planes
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