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Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Whether you need to build or repair your roof, using asphalt shingles is a good idea. The most popular and commonly used roof covering in Quebec, you see them everywhere on homes with pitched roofs.

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Characteristics of an asphalt shingle roof

Asphalt shingles are most popular for homes with a gentle or steep pitched roof. However, shingles should not be installed on roofs with a slope that’s less than 8.5 degrees.

A shingle is made from 3 layers, whose thickness and components vary according to the quality of the materials.

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These 3 layers are :

  • The granule covering: this is the surface layer of the shingle, the one that gives it its color and protects it from ultraviolet rays.
  • The asphalt layer: it makes the shingles watertight, thus protecting the roof.
  • The reinforcement layer: very resistant, it serves to hold the various layers together.

In addition to these layers, asphalt shingles include a heat-activated adhesive strip and a nailing strip.

The main characteristics of an asphalt shingle roof:

  • Easy installation for professionals
  • Requires no special maintenance
  • Low purchase cost
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Very high wind and weather resistance
  • Lasts between 15 and 25 years
  • Most common roofing material

The different types of shingles

There are 3 main types of shingles. Installation will depend on the slope of the roof.

  • The three-tab shingle : This is the most economical and popular type of shingle. It’s recommended for low roof slopes.
  • Architectural shingle: This is the most aesthetic of shingles (various designs imitating natural wood or slate are available), but also the most expensive. Ideal for medium and steep roof slopes.
  • Laminated shingle: Thanks to its special design that gives texture to the roof, it’s grown in popularity over recent years. Suitable for roofs with a slope that’s greater than 18.4 degrees, i.e. 4/12.
At Couv-Toit Roofing, we use shingles of all types and qualities, from IKO and BP Canada brands, to ensure we provide top-of-the-line service of impeccable quality. We’re here to help you find and choose the best type of roofing shingles for your home.

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