When it comes to a typical roof, you’re likely thinking asphalt shingles
As one of the least expensive and most popular roofing materials in the country, asphalt shingle roofing systems are the most commonly used option on homes across the Midwest. At McKinnis Roofing & Sheet Metal, we offer a wide variety of quality asphalt shingle options and have the expertise to install or repair them with precision and efficiency, providing your home decades of protection and appeal.
Asphalt shingles are popular FOR their many outstanding features
Durability: McKinnis Roofing & Sheet Metal uses only the highest quality asphalt shingles, which will make any roof durable enough to withstand the extreme elements that Nebraska weather has to offer. While asphalt shingles do offer a long expected service life, we’ll also be just a call away should they need maintenance or repair.
Versatility: Asphalt shingles can do it all. They are available in every color, style, thickness, and texture imaginable. The material is flexible enough to fit any roof and our Project Managers will help you pick the right shingle style and shingle color to compliment your home.
Affordability: Because asphalt shingles can last for decades and require less maintenance than many other roofing materials, they are cost-efficient in every way. Whether installing, repairing, or removing your asphalt shingles, you won’t break the bank and McKinnis Roofing & Sheet Metal offers a number of financing options that can fit almost any need or want.
There are three primary types of asphalt shingles
3-Tab shingles — also referred to as laminate.
Architectural shingles — sometimes called dimensional or heritage shingles.
Designer shingles — occasionally called luxury shingles.
While all three kinds of asphalt shingles are made of similar materials, they are not exactly the same. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide which asphalt roofing shingles will meet your needs for years to come.
3-Tab Asphalt Shingles
One-piece, single-layer 3-tab asphalt shingles are the most basic and economical example on the market. The dimensions of roof shingles vary, but the most common size is 12 inches wide by 36 inches long.
3-tab shingles are made from durable fiberglass matting coated with asphalt and mineral granules, giving each piece varying color tones. They are lightweight and designed to withstand the elements for about 20 years or more and are easy to recognize by their clean, horizontal appearance.
Their exposed layer is notched (usually into three tabs, hence the 3-tab moniker) to give a more decorative appearance. 3-tab asphalt roofing shingles may be a good choice for homeowners on a budget.
ARCHITECTURAL (Dimensional) Asphalt Shingles
Architectural shingles, also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, feature two layers of shingles that are bonded together. The bottom layer is exposed because notches are randomly removed from the shingle. This results in a three-dimensional look for your roof. Architectural shingles are also available in an Impact Resistant variation.
Architectural shingles are made of two or more layers of shingles. Multi-layered shingles are extra durable, allowing them to carry stronger warranties. Many are warranted from 30 years to life. Ask us how you can qualify for a lifetime manufacturer warranty on your roof system.
The real appeal of architectural shingles? They look great. These shingles are easy to spot as you drive through a neighborhood. They don’t look like run-of-the-mill asphalt shingles.
DESIGNER (LUXURY) Asphalt Shingles
Luxury asphalt shingles are designed to replicate natural slate and cedar shake roofs at a fraction of the cost. In fact, designer asphalt shingles are a great roofing alternative for period-style homes that look best with slate or shake-style roofs. The multi-dimensional texture of designer shingles creates shadows and depths that look just like real shakes or slate.
Designer shingles have extra layers that bring extra weight. In fact, they can weigh twice as much per square as basic 3-tab shingles. They may not be best suited for every home. The advantage of that extra weight? Extra strength against tears and impact. That’s helpful if you live in a tornado, hurricane, or hail-prone region. With extra layers and weight comes added durability, but a number of designer shingles are also available in an Impact Resistant line to increase the durability even further.
The benefits of asphalt shingles cannot be overstated, which is why many homeowners in the greater Omaha, Lincoln, Norfolk, and Blair areas choose asphalt. However large or small the job, our Omaha roofing professionals are ready to get to work. If you’re considering a new roof or are needing repairs, contact us today. We’re eager to make sure you get the BEST roofing system possible!