The most popular style of shingle on the market today is the architectural shingle, also called dimensional or laminated. They are made from laminated layers of asphalt-coated fibreglass giving them their dimensional appearance. They are stronger and heavier than traditional 3-tab shingles; are better at resisting extreme weather; have a longer lifespan; and give your roof a good-looking random pattern. 3-tab shingles are still available but will eventually be phased out of the roofing industry. Because of this, there may be limited 3-tab colour options available. Architectural shingles are available in different quality options within the category so budget will play a big part in your shingle choice.
Every manufacturer offers a shingle warranty which provides coverage against manufacturing defects for a certain length of time. If there’s an issue with the shingles, a manufacturer’s warranty may cover the cost of repairs. Warranties vary but typically, the better the quality of shingle, the better the warranty. It should be noted that incorrect shingle installation may cancel your manufacturer warranty so do your homework before you start your roofing project.
If you live in an area with regular high winds and frequent hail storms then you may want to consider a shingle with a high wind and impact resistance rating. These shingles have a higher price tag but will ensure your home is protected. This higher protection may make you eligible for a discount on your home owner’s insurance.
The shingle colour you choose will have a big impact on your home’s appearance. Whether re-shingling or shingling on a new build, choose a colour that complements the fixed elements of your home and property. Black and brown roofs are the most popular colours across Canada. Keep in mind that dark colours will absorb heat and lighter tones will reflect heat. Shown here are colour samples of BP’s Mystique architectural shingle line.
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