Types of asphalt roofing shingles

Asphalt roof shingles are the most popular roofing material used on homes and are available in hundreds of colors and styles.

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June 19, 2021

Why are asphalt shingles so commonly used on homes?

Asphalt roof shingles are the most popular roofing material used on homes across North America, and with good reason. They are designed to protect a home through decades of weathering with minimal upkeep and are available in hundreds of colors and styles.

Readily available and a great value

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing options available in the US and Canada and they offer a wide range of style choices, making them an attractive option for both homeowners and professional roofers alike. Asphalt shingles are also considered to be one of the more affordable options, which makes them appealing when taking on a not-so-inexpensive roofing project. If the existing deck is in good condition, asphalt shingles can even be installed over existing shingles, thereby reducing tear-off costs and helping to save money. Contact us to find out if this is a viable option for your project.

Different types of roof shingles

There are three significant categories of asphalt roofing shingle products available today - strip shingles, architectural shingles, and luxury shingles. It is essential to understand the differences between each type of roofing shingle to pick the right product for your home. 

Strip Shingles

Asphalt shingle strips, commonly known as 3-tab shingles or simply strips, offer a classic and timeless look due to their flat appearance and slate design. As the original, most basic type of asphalt shingle, they are made from single layer of asphalt which contribute to the lighter weight material and lower cost when compared to other asphalt shingle models. Before designer shingles were created in the 1980s, strip shingles were widely used amongst builders and consumers alike. Today, homebuilders continue to use strip shingles for creating an affordable option for homes and homeowners typically opt for strip shingles to replace existing roofing on their residence.

Strip Shingles
Strip Shingles

Architectural Shingles

Asphalt shingle—architectural, also known as dimensional or laminate shingles, are the most popular choice for asphalt roofing materials today. As a superior product compared to other strip shingles, they are produced with two or more layers of asphalt that are fused together making them thicker and sturdier. As well, they have an aesthetic appeal reminiscent of natural slate and wood shakes which adds to their increase in popularity. Furthermore, due to the robust construction of these architectural shingles, they often carry extended warranty protection than that offered by strip shingles. Ultimately, it is no surprise why architectural asphalt shingles are the preferred choice for many homeowners.

Architectural Shingles
Architectural Shingles

Luxury Shingles

Asphalt shingle—luxury is taken to a whole new level with the sophisticated appeal and unmatched protection offered by luxury shingles. As the highest-quality laminated shingles available, these heavyweight shingles make an impressive statement against the elements while offering a stunning aesthetic look that far surpasses traditional architectural shingles. With their realistic texture and varied coloration, luxury shingles give your home or commercial property the classic look of old-world wood shake or quarried slate roofing, while also providing unbeatable protection.

Luxury Shingles
Luxury Shingles

The dynamic benefits of asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles offer a wide range of benefits that make them an ideal choice for many different roofs. Modern engineering techniques allow manufacturers to create specialty products across all types of shingles that have impressive features, such as algae-fighting pigments and enhanced resistance to hail, that can actually reduce insurance costs in certain areas that experience storms. Additionally, home owners located in areas prone to wildfires will be relieved to know that asphalt shingles are naturally fire-resistant as well. Asphalt shingle technology has improved even more with the introduction of heat reflecting colors for roofs - helping homes stay cool and reduce air conditioning expenses at the same time! Ultimately, it is clear why asphalt shingles are a popular choice for many housing needs.

Blackhawk Roofing

Blackhawk Roofing has specialized in commercial and residential roofing since 1995. Over the years, we've built new and replacement roofs for thousands of customers in Central Illinois.