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3-Tab Shingles are distinguished by cutouts, or tabs, made along their long lower edge that make each single piece look like three shingles. Three-tab shingles have been around a long time and are still the most economical shingle today. They weigh less and have a consistent shape and size. .
Architectural Asphalt Shingles are single shingles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are heavier, have better longevity and cost more than 3-tab shingles. Since these shingles are heavier, they can stand up to stronger winds and weather and may make your home eligible for a reduced homeowner’s insurance premium. Likewise, they may also increase the value of a home.
Designer Asphalt shingles combine the classic appearance of slate with the versatility and strength of asphalt shingles. Designer Asphalt shingles are designed and treated for high-resistance to wind, rain, snow and extreme temperatures to protect your home and your family from the elements. These shingles are cut with curved corners and are available in a variety of shades to provide your home elegance but without the hassle and expense of traditional slate shingles.
Underlay is a material that rests between your roof deck and the shingles. It provides an additional layer of weather- and water-proofing.Synthetic underlay is becoming a more popular choice because it doesn’t absorb water at all, providing better protection for your home.
Ice and water shield is a specialized form of underlayment designed to stand up better in places where ice and water gather on roofs. This underlayment can provide reduced insurance costs and adds additional water protection above synthetic.
A drip edge is placed along the eaves and rake edges beneath the underlayment. It funnels water from between the shingles and the underlay off the edge of your roof. Drip edge is required and the color closest to your shingle will be added to your estimate if another option is not chosen.
Roof ventilation is essential to protecting your home – it allows circulation of air so that hot air can escape in the summer, and more importantly, stops heated air from condensing and causing moisture damage or mold build-up during colder winter months. Ridge vents are the recommended choice 80% of the time due to the continuous ventilation provided along the roof. Other options like turtle vents are also available but used mainly in specialized areas where long runs of ridge vents aren’t available.