Roof Shingle Manufacturers
USA: Roof Shingles: Roof Shingle Manufacturers
ABOUT ROOF SHINGLES
Roof shingles are usually made from either asphalt or wood. There are two main types of roof shingle: wood roof shingles and asphalt roof shingles. Asphalt roof shingles are made in three main forms: organic asphalt roof shingles, laminated organic roof asphalt shingles, and fiberglass asphalt roof shingles. Most wood roof shingles are made from Western Red Cedar. Wood roof shingles may be Handsplit and Resawn, Tapersplit, Straight-split, or Tapersawn. Hip and Ridge Units are also available. The term Shakes is used to for more rustic, rough-hewn roof shingles. Shingles and Shakes come in varying lengths, usually sixteen, eighteen or twenty four inches, and are usually supplied in random widths.
Organic asphalt roof shingles are manufactured from paper or felt saturated with asphalt to make it proof against water. A top coating is applied, and ceramic granules are then embedded. The granules may contain a some copper or tin to deter moss growth on the roof. Laminated asphalt roof shingles are manufactured from two separate layers. They are heavier, more expensive, and more hardwearing than standard organic asphalt shingles.
Fiberglass asphalt roof shingles are based on a fiberglass mat, to which is added asphalt with mineral fillers. Fiberglass reinforcement was invented as a replacement for old-fashioned asbestos paper reinforcement.
LEADING USA ROOF SHINGLE MANUFACTURERS
The following leading roof shingle manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects of roof shingles, including online catalogs, colors and materials for roof shingles, and care and maintenance of roof shingles.
GAF: Roof Shingles. GAF Materials Corporation, based in Wayne, New Jersey, is a leading manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles. Its product range covers into Good Asphalt Shingles, Better Asphalt Shingles, and Best Asphalt Shingles. The Better Asphalt Shingles category offers a choice of an impact-resistant backing. The basic Asphalt Roofing Shingles are available in twenty three colors, including: Ash Brown, Cedar Shake, Charcoal, Cypress Tan, Desert Sand, and Dove Gray. The website contains descriptive videos, a Virtual Home Remodeler, and a section of Roofing ABCs.
Valley Lumber Sales: Roof Shingles. Valley Lumber Sales, situated in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been a major distributor of Western Red Cedar Shakes and Red Cedar Shingles since 1973. The products are intended for application as roofing shingles and as siding. Roofing shingles are available in sixteen, eighteen and twenty four inch lengths. Thickness is approximately half an inch. Roofing Shakes are available in three forms: Heavy Split & Resawn, Medium Split & Resawn, and Tapersawn. A Split and Resawn Shake is sawn on the rear side, with the face being hand split, giving it a highly textured outside surface.
CertainTeed: Roof Shingles. CertainTeed, which is situated in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is a prominent North American manufacturer of building materials. It is a subsidiary of the French company Saint Gobain, which has twenty six thousand employees in North America. CertainTeed is a leading manufacturer of asphalt roof shingles. Its roof shingle product range is classified into Luxury Asphalt Roof Shingles, Designer Asphalt Roof Shingles, and Traditional Asphalt Roof Shingles. Three roof shingle products are available in a fiberglass reinforced Impact Resistant option, which can withstand the dropping of a twin inch steel ball from twenty feet, without cracking.
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