Asphalt shingle roofs have been around for many years. They have always been, as they still are, one of the most cost effective steep slope roofing systems available. Shingles are made by a multitude of companies and all are about the same in quality, though each will all argue theirs is better, of course. They are all required to comply with ASTM standards, so the shingle quality between manufacturers, for the most part is the same. Most all manufacturers produce the same styles of shingles, three tab, Dimensional or Architectural, and the high end laminates sometimes called “designer shingles”. Asphalt shingles now come in many colors and styles that can compliment the look and “curb appeal” of any home.
Since the shingles themselves are the same in quality, and the style is really a matter of personal preference. The next and maybe most important factor in designing your roof system is the installation. There are many important factors in the installation of your shingle roof system, all very important for life of the roof, the warranty from the manufacturers and the durability of your roof in our harsh Arizona monsoon storms. The details of the installation and the training of your contractors installers are of upmost importance.
- Shingle selection
- Underlayment selection
- Nails vs. Staples
- Length of fasteners
- Number of fasteners
- Proper flashing of penetrations