Asphalt shingles are one of the most versatile and successful products ever introduced into roofing. Shingle roofs cover millions of homes, businesses, prefabricated buildings, outbuildings and more. From the first shingle roofs to the development of architectural shingles reminiscent of slate and shake roofing, read on to learn five amazing things about shingle roofs you didn’t know.
An American Invention
Roofs constructed from asphalt first appeared in the 1800s by what was called asphalt roll roofing. Asphalt roll roofing offered lower installation cost and greater resistance to fire than wood shake roofs, but they weren’t as appealing as wood shake and could be cumbersome.
That changed in 1903 when Henry M. Reynolds of Grand Rapids, Michigan, hand cut the asphalt rolls into individual shingles. The smaller size increased the material’s versatility and aesthetic, and it proved to be a brilliant idea that is still popular today.
Asphalt or Fiberglass Shingles?
Asphalt shingles are an organic roofing material of paper, cellulose or wood fiber that is saturated with asphalt. Asphalt shingles are available in flat 3-tab shingles or thicker, more durable architectural (or dimensional) shingles.
Fiberglass shingles consist of a mat that is saturated with random-laid fiberglass that is bonded with a strong resin. Since fiberglass shingles don’t use paper or wood products like asphalt shingles, they hold up better to fire.
There are currently more than 100 cities, including Tulsa Metropolitan area, in America with shingle recycling locations. This is important for many reasons:
- Shingle recycling keeps more than 1 million tons of shingles out of landfills each year.
- On average, that is more than the total waste generated from 1 million households.
- Recycling shingles reduces America’s dependence on oil — a costly, non-renewable resource.
Architectural shingle roofs often come with a 50-year warranty. In addition to the development of stronger shingles, installation technology has increased with higher-quality nailing lines that incorporate fabric strips. This gives your roof replacement outstanding grip and exceptional wind resistance.
Endless Color Blends and Dimensions
Shingle roofs give you a plethora of options when it comes to color blends and dimensions. Architectural shingles offer bold colors with deep contrasts and shadows. From browns, reds, blues, greens and more color blends, shingles give you the opportunity to make your home stand out.
To speak with the best shingle roofers in the Tulsa area for your roofing needs, please contact Perfection Roofing.