Roofing Shingle Manufacturers
USA: Roofing Shingles: Roofing Shingle Manufacturers
ABOUT ROOFING SHINGLES
There are two main types of roofing shingle: wood and asphalt. Western Red Cedar is a popular material for wood roofing shingles. The shingles may be Handsplit and Resawn, Tapersplit, Straight-split, or Tapersawn. Hip and Ridge Units are also available. The term Shakes is used to describe more rustic, rough-hewn shingles. Roofing Shingles and Shakes come in varying lengths, usually 16, 18 or 24 inches, and in random widths. Asphalt roofing shingles are available in three main forms: organic asphalt shingles, laminated organic asphalt shingles, and fiberglass asphalt roofing shingles.
Organic asphalt shingles are made from paper or felt saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof. A top coating is applied, and ceramic granules are then embedded. The granules may contain a portion of copper or tin to discourage moss growth on the roof. Laminated asphalt shingles are made from two distinct layers. They are heavier, more expensive, and more durable than normal organic shingles.
Fiberglass shingles are based on a fiberglass reinforcing mat, to which is applied asphalt with mineral fillers. Fiberglass reinforcement was developed as an alternative to the traditional asbestos paper reinforcement.
CHOOSING THE BEST TYPE
Your main choices are construction and style. As to construction, the cheapest asphalt shingles are made from paper (ususally recycled) which is soaked in asphalt to make it waterproof. A top surface of adhesive asphalt is added, with ceramic granules embedded to give further protection from the weather. More expensive shingles have a base mat of glass reinforced fiber, to which the asphalt is applied. This produces a much longer lasting shingle. Durability is reflected in the warranty period which can range from ten years up to fifty years in the case of high quality fiberglass-based shingles.
As to style, some shingles are designed to resemble slate, others are designed to resemble traditional wooden shingles. In the case of the slate-look shingles, there are several options in terms of edge shape - these may be straight, rounded, octagonal, or irregular. There are also color choices including grey, black, brown, and green. In the case of wood-look shingles there is a choice from the cheapest regular designs to more expensive irregular designs which more closely resemble real wood shingles. There is also a color choice ranging from light to dark brown.
The most common type of wood for wood shingles, also known as roofing shakes, is Western Red Cedar, which weathers to an attractive silvery grey. The main choices for wood roofing shingles are their size, and the option of split or sawn surface. The choice of size typically includes 16", 18" and 24" length. All are perfectly practical, and the choice really comes down to aesthetics. Sawn shingles have a smooth surface on both sides. Split and re-sawn wood shingles are initially split, rather than sawn. The split shingle is then sawn to give one smooth side and one textured side. This type of roofing shingle is more expensive than the simple sawn version, but gives a very traditional rustic look - ideal for country properties.
LEADING USA ROOFING SHINGLE MANUFACTURERS
The following leading roofing shingle manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, colors and materials, and care and maintenance.
CertainTeed. CertainTeed, which is headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is a large North American manufacturer of building materials. It is a subsidiary of Saint Gobain of France, which has 26,000 employees in North America. CertainTeed is a leading manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles. Its product range is classified into Luxury Shingles, Designer Shingles, and Traditional Shingles. Three products are available in a fiberglass reinforced Impact Resistant version, capable of withstanding a 2" steel ball, dropped from 20 feet, without cracking. Four looks are offered for asphalt roofing shingles: Slate Look Shingles, Shake Look Shingles, Dimensional Look Shingles, and Strip Look Shingles. The CertainTeed website contains a CertaSpec feature which helps customers write low and steep slope roofing shingle specifications for job submittal packages.
GAF. GAF Materials Corporation, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a leading asphalt shingle manufacturer. Founded in 1886, it is now North America's largest manufacturer of residential roofing (sold under the GAF-Elk brand) and commercial roofing (sold under the GAF brand). Its product range is classified into Good Shingles, Better Shingles, and Best Shingles. The Better Shingles category offers an option of an impact-resistant backing. The basic Shingles are available in 23 colors, including: Ash Brown, Cedar Shake, Charcoal, Cypress Tan, Desert Sand, and Dove Gray. The GAF website contains instructional videos, a Virtual Home Remodeler, and a section of Roofing ABCs. The GAF website contains sections on: Roofing ABCs, Finding a Factory-Certified Contractor, Finding a Distributor, and Roof Insulation Guides & Videos.
Valley Lumber Sales. Valley Lumber Sales, based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been a leading distributor of Western Red Cedar Shakes and Red Cedar Shingles since 1973. It has distribution centers in Birmingham Alabama and Knoxville Tennessee. The products are suitable for application as roofing shingles and as siding. Shingles are available in 16", 18" and 24" lengths. Shingle 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 backside, with the face being naturally split, giving it a highly textured surface on the outside. Such shingles are heavier and thicker than most grades of shake or shingle, giving a very rustic and natural look to the roof.
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