Asphalt Shingles: A Quick Overview of Your Available Options

If you’re getting a new asphalt shingle roofing for your home this season, then you’ve made an excellent choice. Asphalt shingles are tough and beautiful, offering up to 20 years of superior weather protection with proper installation and maintenance. But this particular roofing material comes in three different types–and you’ll need to decide which one works best for you. The trusted roofer in the area, The Great American Roofing Company, shares a brief overview of your choices.

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  • Three-Tab. This is the most basic type of asphalt shingle, and is also the most cost-effective. That’s because three-tab shingles contain only a single layer of asphalt, making them thinner than its upgraded versions. They can, however, offer good-enough weather protection for your home. Three-tab shingles generally create a very flat appearance when installed, but they do come in textures that allow them to resemble slate. If you’re on a budget, a three-tab shingle roof can be a good choice.

  • Architectural. This shingle type is a definite upgrade to three-tab. In fact, when asphalt shingles are mentioned, most homeowners would assume you’re referring to this option. Architectural shingles are thicker and heavier, allowing them to provide more superior weather protection compared to basic three-tab. They are also available in a wider selection of colors and textures, with some options even emulating the look and feel of genuine slate, wood shake, and tile.

If you’re considering architectural shingles for your new roof, you should consult The Great American Roofing Company. We’re always willing to answer any questions you may have, whether it’s about roof repair cost, or suggestions for the ideal architectural shingles for your home. As a GAF® Certified Master Elite® company, we are more than happy to help you explore your available GAF shingle options and decide on the one that will best suit your home’s look, budget, and needs.

  • Designer. This is considered the top-tier of asphalt shingles. Designer shingles are designed for exceptional and lasting weather performance, and can offer the natural beauty of wood shake, slate, or tile roofing–but at a fraction of the cost. These shingles are a premium choice, and they definitely look it. When installed, designer shingles can give your roofing system a distinctive, high-dimensional look.

How can you tell that you need a new roof? Just turn to The Great American Roofing Company. We don’t just offer a free roof repair estimate–we can also provide you with a detailed and accurate one for your potential replacement. And if you do need a new roof for your home, you can count on us to install it to the highest quality standards. Call us today at (201) 825-2955 or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation. We proudly serve the areas in and around Upper Saddle River, NJ. We’d love to hear from you!