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Choosing the Right Type of Shingle for Your New Roof

Last updated 6 years ago

A roofing system uses shingles as the main line of defense against water intrusion. Made of water-resistant material, they are arrayed in an overlapping network to provide an airtight seal and prevent wind uplift during storms. If you are re-roofing your home, the biggest decision you’ll make is the kind of shingle your roofing contractor will use on your roof. You want to take into consideration color, style, and longevity to make the best choice possible for your home. Here are three different types of asphalt shingles that you can use in your roofing system:

• Basic Three-Tab
Each sheet of three-tab shingles has three tabs in a key pattern that, when overlapped in rows from the bottom edge of the roof to the top, form a solid barrier. The three-tab shingle makes for a classic look on any home and comes in a wide variety of colors and hues. Durable, timeless, and affordable, you can’t go wrong with a basic three-tab shingle.

• Architectural
Created in the 1970s as a way to copy the three-dimensional look of natural wood shingles, architectural shingles also provide great protection against the elements. The layered construction of the architectural shingle creates the illusion of depth through color blends and shadow effects for a wood shake feel. The heavy construction is also less likely to warp and provides better wind resistance than the basic three-tab shingle.

• Lifetime
The ultimate in asphalt shingle options, a lifetime shingle will provide elegance and superior protection to your home for well over 30 years. Add a dramatic look with options that replicate rugged wood shake, hand-crafted and random-cut European slate, and other beautiful designs.

No matter what type of shingle you choose, you can rest assured that your new roof will provide protection and beauty for decades to come. To learn more about your shingle options, call Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City at (801) 205-6100. Our expert technicians will work with you in providing the best re-roofing service possible for your residential or commercial building.


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