Dimensional shingles are a new generation of high-quality asphalt roofing products with distinctive, often dramatic, appearances. They are among the highest quality roofing products made today. They are composed of a heavy fiberglass mat base with ceramic-coated mineral granules that are tightly embedded in carefully refined, water-resistant asphalt.
Recently, another new product has surfaced on the market: synthetic slate. It is an innovative roofing product that simulates the appearance, texture, and contours of traditional natural slate. It is a carefully engineered polymer composite roofing product formulated for beauty, durability, and handling.
Besides offering good looks for years, most asphalt architectural shingle products have a design feature that helps prevent a common aesthetic problem: black streaks caused by algae. This is commonly seen on roofing shingles in areas with high humidity and rainfall totals. Algae-resistant shingles are coated with copper or zinc granules, which leach over time, inhibiting algae growth.
Because of their greater thickness, architectural shingles have better wind tear-off resistance. Some are rated up to 120 miles per hour. They are also highly fire resistant especially if they have a heavy granulated top coat. A heavy layer of top coat granules provides the highest fire rating of Class A.
If you are interested in using any of these roofing products for your roof replacement, contact us for a quote today.