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Asphalt Shingle Roofing

The Asphalt Shingles’ New Technologies

2nd2None Roofing & Construction LLC is among Alabama’s top roofing companies that has a BBB rating of A+. Our company has more than 15 years of experience in providing high-quality residential roofing services for all of our valued customers. We are capable of providing a wide variety of services which includes a free inspection of the roof, new roof construction, roof replacement, roof repair, metal roof installation, roof ventilation, seamless installation of gutters, and residential re-roofing for roofs made of metal and asphalt shingles. Aside from that, is also specialized in the management of insurance claims.

Nowadays, the most common kind of roof for residences is the asphalt shingle. Despite the asphalt shingle having a long history, it was able to witness numerous changes. The past several decades became a time when the asphalt shingle boomed. During this time, asphalt shingle became the default material for residential roofing as its production is cheap and it can get installed quite easily. Because of the new technologies, this kind of roofing is now an appealing material for a lot of reasons.

During the 1960’s, people were able to witness vital technological advancements in asphalt shingles. Ever since they got invented, these shingles are created with organic felt as its base. The shingles that people used earliest were created using cotton rags. However, since the rags eventually became expensive during the 1920’s, the manufacturers eventually shifted to using cellulose fibers that came from recycled wood and paper. It was during the 1960’s manufacturers started to create asphalt shingles that have a base made of fiberglass. Initially, since the shingles were lightweight, they became highly susceptible to damage from the wind. However, because of the various improvements that happened from the 1970’s to the 1980’s, fiberglass eventually became the chosen material for asphalt shingles.

During the start of the 1980’s, asphalt shingles were able to enter the market with features that are specially enhanced. One of its famous features are granules which are treated with additives that are specially resistant to algae. These additives were able to prevent the blue-green algae’s growth that creates black streaks that appear unsightly on any asphalt roof. There have been new additives that allows the shingles to become more resistant to UV. They were able to let the shingles resist any structural damage that comes from the UV rays and keep their hue so much better over time.

During the 1990’s, there was an enhancement in the asphalt shingles’ resistance to damage due to impact from debris such as hail. At the same time, researchers started working on asphalt shingles that can minimize high wind speeds so these can get installed in places that are prone to hurricanes and tornadoes.

Asphalt Laminated Shingles

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Through the building up of various asphalt layers, laminated shingles are created. These can make the shingles thicker especially at the outer exposed part. Because of this, people usually refer to it as architectural or dimensional shingle.

There are a couple of the main advantages of thicker shingles. These are great durability and wonderful appearance. When it comes to appearance, the main difference between any kind of roofing material and the three-tab shingle is that the three-tab shingle appears flat. It can provide it with a characteristic appearance. Despite that, a lot of homeowners still desire the look of natural materials such as slate, shake, and tile. The building up of laminated and asphalt shingles in layers can produce and appearance that is more interesting and varied which can imitate the look of any natural material. Shingles may also get created in various sizes and shapes in order to increase that illusion that it is natural.

Since asphalt has multiple layers, it can help in making it durable. Because of the thickness of laminated asphalt it may last for a longer time. The three-tab shingle can rarely last for more than three decades. A lot of the high quality architectural shingles have a warranty of five decades.

Premium or Specialty Asphalt Shingles

In the past, people considered asphalt shingles as something that was cheap, unexciting, and simple. However, because of the new technologies available nowadays, asphalt shingles can be more expensive but it now has a wide variety of premium properties that can make it worth the price.

Durability is an aspect in roofing that manufacturers were able to invest a lot of money for research. Whenever you reside in a place that experiences high winds or large hail, you may get shingles that are capable of keeping up with the weather. Available are premium asphalt shingles which are rated for winds that are 150 mph or more. Shingles that are high-end may use specialized materials and nails and high-tech adhesives in order to withstand winds that have the force of a hurricane. Homeowners who live in places that are prone to these types of storms often spend a lot of cash on high-wind shingles. They can eventually earn some of the money back through lowered premiums in homeowners insurance. This may also apply whenever you use shingles that are resistant to impact in places that experience large hail.

Appearance is another selling point to get modern premium shingles. Even if the laminate shingles have a more organic appearance compared to the style with three tabs, there are several manufacturers that go beyond that. Whenever homeowners are interested in a certain appearance, they can now buy shingles that look similar to any other material, These shingles utilize granules that are finer and come in colors which are specially designed. These may also get cut into specific shapes and built with various layers. Everything is combined for the creation of a shingle that can accurately imitate the appearance of tile, slate, or shake. Despite all of these advantages, these can still be more affordable compared to the ones made of natural materials. Since they are also lighter, you wouldn’t have to install additional structural support on the roof.

Asphalt Shingles with Three-Tabs

During the asphalt shingles’ early days, there was a design that was able to make up almost the whole market for asphalt shingles. This is the three-tab shingle that is typically made of a strip of asphalt that has a couple of notches that made it appear similar to three-tabs or three shingles. This eventually allowed people to call it “three-tab.” These shingles have an appearance that is uniform and flat. They recently became the most common kind of roof for residences. Nowadays, whenever you visit any suburb, you will definitely see a lot of three-tab asphalt shingles.

These shingles with three-tab asphalt became popular mostly because of its price. It is among the roofing materials that are cheapest. Whenever it gets maintained and treated properly, the three-tab asphalt shingles are capable of lasting for a couple of decades or more. However, since a lot of the three-tab shingles have a warranty of twenty to twenty five years, it may be rare for a roof with three-tab shingles to last for more than three decades.

At 2nd2None Roofing & Construction LLC, our top priority is customer satisfaction. We always make sure to work diligently and to keep an open communication line so that every customer will be well informed throughout the project. Since we are also a preferred local contractor, we can also work with various insurance agencies. In case there is a need to get an adjustment claims for insurance, we can represent you. We are also proud of our high-quality work and 7-year warranty on labor for every completed project. Our company is also a master installer for every Certainteed Shingle and Metal product and we are one of the three capable of doing this in North Alabama. We were able to demonstrate our commitment to our profession through studying the techniques in the installation of CertainTeed Shingle and Metal roofs so we can serve the industry and the customers better. Whenever you are in need of our services, make sure to contact us!

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