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Types of Steep-Slope Structure Shingles

January 3, 2017


Arizona’s warm climate almost at all times of the year and beautiful winter challenge roofs of all kinds to withstand the changes in its weather. With this, Arizona homeowners are particular about the roof’s cost and durability. Once they have found this type of roof that caters to their budget and durability requirements, only then will they decide on the design and aesthetics of the roof.

Shingles are among the most popular and durable types of roofing in the state of Arizona. Here are the types of shingles that are meant for steep-slope structures. Read them and review before you can decide which type suits your needs and preferences.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are the most popular type of roofing in Arizona as well as in most of the other states in America. There are two main types of asphalt shingles, organic and fiberglass shingles.

As the name itself says, organic shingles are environmentally friendly being made up of wood in which its base is covered with asphalt then it ends up being colored with mineral granules. The fiberglass shingles have various layers made up of fiberglass-mat. It has some asphalt layers both on top and bottom, and it also has mineral granules.

Shingle Fire-Resistant Classes

The shingle fire-resistant classes are the shingles that have similar characteristics. Since there are a few types of shingles, none of them are exactly the same. Each type of shingle is grouped according to its resistance to fire. Class A shingles are the best fire resistors while Class B and Class C shingles are not as good as Class A shingles. While asphalt shingles belong to Class A category, organic shingles are almost always found in the Class C.

Sometimes, it is not only the roofing material’s durability that appeals to homeowners. At times, it can be its architectural potential such as textured appearance and if this is the case, your best bet would be the organic and fiberglass shingles. Another advantage of these types of shingles is that it is suited to warm climate as they deter the growth of algae on roofs especially if copper or ceramic granules have been added to them. These two shingles are also popular for their various colors to choose from.

To choose the best quality roofing material, always check if it complies with the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). This organization vouches the worthiness of the shingles that you choose. You can find a product’s ASTM approval in its literature, or on its package. Although shingles are known for their durability and long lifespan, not all of them follow the guidelines that are expected of roofing materials.

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