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    Asphalt Shingles

    Asphalt shingles

    Asphalt roofing products are the nation’s most popular choice for roofing residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. In broad terms, asphalt-roofing products are categorized by their residential or commercial applications, which are generally discussed here.


    Roofs have always been a necessary part of any building design. Before the advent of modern technology, roofing selection was dictated by what materials were readily available and practical for use in a given climate. As architecture and technology advanced, new building materials were introduced, bringing a broad range of new roofing designs and materials to the marketplace. Since the turn of the century, asphalt-roofing products have set the standard for residential and commercial buildings.

    Asphalt, a petroleum by-product, was first discovered about 5,000 years ago. For centuries, people had found asphalt to be an excellent natural preservative, as well as an outstanding waterproofing and adhesive agent. But asphalt’s unique ability to provide roof protection was not discovered until relatively modern times. Ongoing research and development over the past century has resulted in the ability to efficiently derive asphalt from crude oil refining, and to modify it in a number of ways for use as the primary protective element in today’s roofing products.

    Asphalt roofing products are classified into four broad groups: shingles, residential roll roofing, built-up roofing and modified bitumen membranes. With these products, the asphalt roofing industry is able to meet the ever-expanding needs of both residential and commercial roofing customers

    Some of the outstanding shingles we use are from: IKO, BP, Malarkey and Owens Corning.


    Asphalt shingles, which are primarily used on residential homes, are one of the most widely used roofing materials today. Nearly 12.5 billion square feet of various asphalt shingle products are manufactured annually… enough to cover more than 5 million homes every year. Asphalt shingles are the leading choice for residential roofing because they provide quality, durability and versatility at an economical price.

    Asphalt shingles offer consumers the broadest array of colours, shapes, and textures available. With an expansive range of styles, asphalt shingles can match most types of architectural designs and achieve virtually any desired aesthetic effect affordably.

    Today approximately four out of every five homes are roofed with asphalt shingles. Major benefits of asphalt roofing products include:

    • Product Performance. Asphalt shingles are good performers in extreme temperatures, and in areas where wind, water and ice are of particular concern.
    • Affordability. Efficient, high-volume production and the relatively low application cost of asphalt shingles provide consumers with an overall value that is difficult for competing roofing materials to match, especially in terms of comparable life expectancy.
    • Low Maintenance. Asphalt shingle roofs, when properly chosen and applied, require little or no regular upkeep, and are easily repaired if damaged.
    • Ease of Application. Asphalt shingles are considered to be the easiest of all standard roofing materials to apply. In addition, the flexibility and strength of asphalt shingles supports their application on a wide variety of roof designs.
    • Fire & Wind Resistance. Asphalt shingles are manufactured to resist external fire and flammability standards, and carry Class A, B or C fire ratings, with Class A providing the highest fire resistance. These class fire ratings are defined by nationally recognized standards and tested by independent testing agencies. In addition, many asphalt shingles carrying a “Wind Resistance” label indicated they have been manufactured and tested to demonstrate acceptable resistance in high-wind locations.

    How Asphalt Shingles Are Made

    Asphalt shingles are categorized as either organic based or fiberglass based. Organic-based asphalt shingles are manufactured with a base (also termed mat or substrate) made of various cellulose fibers, such as recycled waste paper and wood fibers. This organic base is then saturated with a specially formulated asphalt coating and surfaced with weather resistant mineral granules. Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are manufactured with mat composed entirely of glass fibers of varying lengths and orientations. This fiberglass base is then surfaced with a specially formulated asphalt coating, followed by weather-resistant mineral granules.

    There are four general types of asphalt shingles:

    • Strip Shingles – these asphalt shingles are approximately three times as long as they are wide. Manufactured in both standard and metric dimensions, strip shingles are distinguished by the number of cutouts or tabs that they have. The most common type of strip shingle is the “three-tab” shingle. Different textural and lighting/shadowing effects can be achieved with strip shingles depending on the number, shape and alignment of the cutouts.
    • Laminated Shingles  – these special shingles contain more than one layer of tabs to create extra thickness. They are also referred to as three-dimensional or architectural shingles because they create visual depth on a roof and impart a custom look. Laminated shingles continue to be a favorite among builders, roofing contractors and homebuyers.
    • Interlocking Shingles  as the name suggests, interlocking asphalt shingles are individual shingles that mechanically fasten to each other, and are used to provide greater wind resistance. They come in various shapes and sizes providing a wide range of design possibilities.
    • Large Individual Shingles  generally rectangular or hexagonal in shape, these shingles do not utilize cutouts or tabs.


    As one of the larger roofing companies in Edmonton, we can deal with all commercial roofing and exteriors projects through our commercial division and residential roofing and exterior requirements through our residential division. Our main number for all your enquiries is 780.438.0331 or simply send us an email.

    We are fully insured and carry full up-to-date Workers’ Compensation Board coverage (WCB) for all of our experienced roofing technicians. You will receive a full workmanship warranty on your roofing system, giving you complete peace of mind. Our testimonials page features reviews from just a few of our satisfied customers and we are featured on the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.