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An asphalt shingle is a roof shingle that uses asphalt for waterproofing. 

It is one of the most widely used roofing covers in North America because it has a relatively inexpensive up-front cost and is pretty easy to install. 


Asphalt shingles can be made using either organic material or fiberglass.

Both are made similarly, with an asphalt-saturated base covered on either side. 

The exposed surface is impregnated with ceramic granules, and the under-side is treated with sand talc or mica to prevent shingles from sticking to one another before use. 


An additive named styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS), sometimes called modified or rubberized asphalt, can be added to the asphalt mixture to make shingles more pliable and resistant to thermal cracking and hail impact.

Why Asphalt Shingles


The top surface granules block ultra-violet light, which causes the shingles to deteriorate, providing color and physical protection to the asphalt core. 

Lighter shades are preferred in sunny climates for their heat reflectivity, darker ones in cooler areas for their heat absorption.


Self-sealing strips are standard on the underside of shingles to provide resistance to lifting in high winds. 


Most insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners for using impact-rated shingles such as asphalt ones.


Asphalt shingles offer a strong potential for recovery and recycling, with uses in hot mix asphalt (HMA), cold asphalt patching, and as a fuel in cement kilns.


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Professional roofers installers have long preferred the rugged, dependable performance that only a GAF roof can offer.

GAF Shingles Awards:

  • Ranked #1 selling shingle brand in North America!

  • Ranked #1 in shingle quality by U.S. roofing contractors and home builders

  • Ranked #1 in brand familiarity 

  • The brand most used in the past two years 

  • Highest quality brand in remodeling 2015 

  • Brand user awards for ridge vent systems

  • Ranked #1 in shingles innovation and ridge ventilation by home builders

  • Ranked #1 in quality Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles category. Winner 8 times in the last 9 years (Builder Brand Use Study)

  • Winner of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Women's Choice Award, with 9 out of 10 female customers highly recommending the brand to others

  • Named by Master Flow Solar Roof Vent as one of the top 100 new building products of 2014 in Professional Builder Magazine

  • Winner of the Innovation Award for Asphalt Roofing Shingles in both Home Builder Executive and Home Improvement Executive in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014

  • Named by Energyguard Polyiso Insulated Sheathing as one of the 100 Best New Products of 2014 by Professional Remodeler Magazine

  • 2014 Category Winner from Green Wizard as a manufacturer that achieved outstanding performance in green building

  • Selected by Sienna Designer Lifetime Shingles for This Old House Top 100 products of 2013

  • Winner of 2013 Professional Remodelers 101 Best New Products Award for new TruSlate products

  • Multiple winner of the Builders Choice Award


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