The Difference Between Asphalt Shingles and a Composition Roof
By Joseph Vann Hamby Sr.
Back in 1989 when I installed my first asphalt shingle there was many changes in the roofing manufacture sector. The end result was down-sizing the weight to accommodate a more flexible shingle. At that time there were other shingles on the market known as Standard strip asphalt composition shingles. Or Architectural shingles called Timberline or heavy weight shingles known as random tab. And three tabs or standard were becoming composition shingles.
Owens Corning helped innovate this process. Since they are the largest fiberglass manufacture in America today.
Many of the other roof shingles manufactures by fiberglass mats from Owens Corning. This was told to me directly from Owens Corning as a result of a factory tour on the anatomy of the shingle required by Owens Corning Certification. Most of the old asphalt shingles have been torn off and they are in land fills now in the US.
Fiberglass Composition Roof Shingles
The new fiberglass composition roof shingles are the norm in today’s society. I know this because I am a Professional Contractor, not somebody hoping I am right in marketing, although marketing takes precedence more than any other thing for any business model.
These composition asphalt shingles have fire ratings, wind resistance warranties. And failure warranty’s based on the fiber glass mat and asphalt fiberglass thickness, granules and algae resistant ratios. The asphalt composition is lighter, more flexible and durable than the old asphalt shingle in1989 and previous years.
GAF Elk happens to be largest asphalt roofing manufacturer in the USA and has any brands in the asphalt roofing shingle world. Owens Corning and CertainTeed have a multitude of designer, architectural and standard strip roofing products. The same can hold true with Atlas and Tamco of which all manufacture asphalt composition roofing shingles in the United States today.
GAF/Elk carries the strongest warranties on their roofing materials for their Certified and Master Elite Roofing Contractors. I welcome any and all comments from CARE (Center for Advancement for Roofing Excellence) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association of America (ARMA)as well as any National Roofing Contractors Association of America (NRCA), members of affiliates to correct my definition on the difference between asphalt roofing shingles and asphalt composition roofing shingles.
There are roofing shingles that I have seen come and go, such as the masonite shingle. Which is a composite material that requires flashing between each joint to seal it off, also concrete tiles which I would consider composite since it does not have the slate or clay tile attributes. Known as concrete tiles.
At any rate it is up to you to decide what type of roof you would like to put on your home, every shingle manufacturer in the USA is an asphalt composition roofing shingle, all Asphalt fiberglass composition shingles come with a 20 year to lifetime warranty and anything in between.