Asphalt Shingle Roofing

About Asphalt Shingle Roofing Material

Common trade name of the traditional Shingle is Asphalt Shingle, Fiberglass Composition, Composition Shingle. Names that mean the same thing; that is, a roofing material composed of a thin fiberglass mat, asphalt and lime binder and granite chips coated with ceramic for color. Known as a commodity product to satisfy lower price points, asphalt shingles have increased their aesthetic appeal by manufacturing thicker shingles.


Traditionally Asphalt Shingles have dominated market share due to having the lowest price point but in recent years, through 2015, the price point of Asphalt Shingles have greatly increased. Now, more decision makers are looking at benefits of other materials (concrete and metal) rather than just low pricing. Plus, the fact remains that Asphalt Shingles are not lasting as long as the length of the stated warranty period.

baked-asphalt-binderOne of the challenges to an Asphalt roofing material is that the Sun bakes the Asphalt binder, the ceramic chips fall off and then deterioration is accelerated to the point that an Asphalt roof warranted for 30, 40, or even 50 years is lasting, according to national reports, only 15 to 20 years.