The Mighty Shingle
The modern asphalt shingle is made from fiberglass and has an asphalt saturated base. This granule covered side blocks ultraviolet light (slowing deterioration), provides physical protection against the elements and also allows for a wide variety of color options. The fiberglass base makes the shingles strong, fire resistant and difficult to tear even in high winds. Shingles were invented in 1901 and originally were made from organic materials like cotton.
At one point in time there used to be an ‘Asphalt Shingle and Research Institute’ that was responsible for the many innovations and changes in asphalt shingles. That organization was replaced by the ‘Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association’. When shingles are designed there are several qualities that must be considered: Shape/Texture, Solar Reflecting Ability, Wind Damage Resistance, Hail Damage Resistance, Fire Resistance, Algae Resistance, Locking Shingles & Durability.
Asphalt shingles offer the best combination of protection & affordability among modern roofing systems. Asphalt roofs are easily the most popular roof in North America – which is also where the asphalt shingle was invented. Asphalt shingles are also recyclable and often get reconstituted into pavement.
Next time you look up at a roof take a minute to recognize that the shingles alone represent over 100 years of history. They look very simple but have evolved over time with different materials, grades, colors and functions. Shingles themselves are quite impressive – and they are vital to your roofing system. If you want to talk shingles drop by our showroom or give us a call.