One of our jobs at AMERICAN EAGLE ROOFING is ensuring our customers know what types of materials they’ll be choosing for the job. That’s why we always take the time to explain to our customers the types of materials we’ll be using to finish the job right.
Also called asphalt shingles, composition shingles are leading the market for Americans looking for a quality product that lasts. An estimated 75% of homes in the U.S. use composition shingles, and they look great! They’re also durable. Composition shingles last anywhere from 20-30 years depending on the type of shingle the customer chooses, and there are many selections to choose from. For instance, Class A, B or C shingles have varying fire ratings. Class A shingles last a long time, look amazing and may also save you money on insurance.
So what are composition shingles?
Composition shingles are either organic- or fiberglass-based products, but we prefer fiberglass. Organic-based shingles are now as flexible as fiberglass shingles, and fiberglass shingles are also more durable. Fiberglass shingles are made up of small glass fibers, which are then covered with a layer of asphalt and then granules to protect the shingle from inclement weather.
Different types of composition shingles:
Strip shingles – Three-tab shingles are the most common type of strip shingle. The installer has the ability to achieve pleasing shading effects depending on the number, shape and alignment of the shingles.
Laminated shingles – A favorite amongst homeowners and roofing contractors, laminated shingles are also called three-dimensional shingles because they create depth on a roof and give your home a nice, custom-made look. The shingles are extra thick because they contain more than one layer of tabs
Interlocking shingles– Great if you live in a windy part of the country, interlocking systems lock each shingle to one another and really stand up well to Mother Nature. Besides coming in numerous sizes, interlocking shingles come in a variety of design styles.