Shingles form the outer layer of your roof, and their importance cannot be understated. They protect your roof from rain, wind, and heat, and complete the exterior look of your home. When you’re installing or replacing your roof, you need to make sure that you’re using the best type of shingles for the job.
At T. Williams Roofing, our The Woodlands roofers specialize in asphalt shingles. Unlike other roofing materials like metal and tile, asphalt shingles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, giving them an unbeatable range of functionality and customization. Plus, they’re low-cost, low-maintenance, and resistant to all the types of weather that we see here in The Woodlands.
The greatest assets that asphalt shingles provide is their versatility. There are three major types of shingles, each of which can fulfill a different function. While all three are more than capable of protecting your property, each has different aesthetic properties and costs.
- Three-Tab- Builder grade. The lowest quality of material you can protect your home with. We do not offer 3 tab shingle installs as we have a minimum standard to our roof process. These shingles, for the most part, are rated to last 20 years and withstands wind speeds up to 60 mph.
- Architectural- These are the two tone shingles you see on a majority of houses. They are rated to last 30 years and withstand wind speeds of 110-130 mph depending on the shingle and how many nails are installed. Typical architectural shingles include Owens Corning Oakridge, Owens Corning Duration, Malarkey Vista, Certainteed Landmark, GAF Timberline, or IKO Dynasty.
- Impact Resistant- These are shingles that have been tested by laboratories and passed to be able to withstand hail. Talk about the testing and the difference between class 3 and class 4 rating. this link will help Testing for UL 2218In the Underwriters' Laboratories 2218 test, researchers drop steel balls onto the shingle surface to replicate the force of hail. This test is intended to assess the mettle of the most vulnerable parts of the roof, such as edges, corners, and unsupported sections and joints. The test has four ratings. In order to achieve the rating, the shingles have to withstand a steel ball's impact without cracking. The classification depends on the size of the steel balls dropped from 20 feet above the surface of the shingles:
- Class 1 shingles can withstand steel balls that are 31.8 mm or 1.25 inches in diameter.
- Class 2 shingles can withstand steel balls that are 38.1 mm or 1.5 inches in diameter.
- Class 3 shingles can withstand steel balls that are 44 mm or 1.75 inches in diameter.
- Class 4 shingles can withstand steel balls that are 50.8 mm or 2 inches in diameter.
- Designer/Slate- This is the highest end shingle to install on a pitched residential home. Most of the time these will also come with a class 4 impact resistant rating but you will want to check that with the specific manufacturer of shingle you are interested in. The top of the line is going to be the DaVinci Synthetic Slate. It has the look of regular slate without the unnecessary added weight. Due to the current material shortages there are not too many designer shingles available in today's market. Atlas StormMaster Slate, as well as the Certainteed Presidential Shake are the two most readily available in today's market!
Estate Gray, Onyx Black, Brownwood, Driftwood, Colonial Slate, Sand Dune, Desert Tan and Harbor Blue
Estate Gray, Onyx Black, Brownwood and Driftwood
Our roofing team is proud to be partnered with the shingle experts at Owens Corning. Both of these companies work hard to create the latest and greatest in shingle technology, adding more protection and cutting down on costs to ensure you get the best roof possible. As certified/preferred contractors, we have access to their products at lower prices, as well as continuous training to ensure your roof gets installed the right way.
We Use These Great Shingles in Our Roofing:
- Owens Corning Duration shingles
- OC Weatherguard HP
Shingles can stand up to any threat, but only when they're made right. Other manufacturers like GAF, CertainTeed, and IKO don't go the extra mile to manufacture their shingles with additional protections, and their products can be hard to recycle when the time comes to replace your roof. Additionally, they're each prone to their own faults and vulnerabilities. For example, GAF's Timberline HD shingles are prone to losing their protective granules under the hot Texas sun, especially when walked on. IKO's products are known by roofers to be cheap, low-quality, and easily damaged. CertainTeed faced a class action lawsuit in 2010 for the low quality of their organic 3 tab shingles. We don't want our neighbors suffering from the side effects of sub-par shingles, so we make sure we only use the best for our roofing services.
- Extra resistance to stains and algae
- Thoroughly tested impact resistance technology
- Upcycled materials
- Copper granules from 3M
- Specialized smog-reducing granules that limit air pollution
- Class A fire resistance
- And more!
Start building your new roof with help from the experts at Owens Corning and T. Williams Roofing today by contacting us for a free bid!